Ondo State Government has distributed empowerment materials to persons living with albinism and other disabilities in the state.
This was at an event to commemorate “Year 2023” International Albinism Awareness Day, persons living with other disabilities like physically challenged, visually impaired.
Over One thousand special people benefited from the supportive aids and other items at the Agency’s office in Akure, the Ondo State Capital.
Materials distributed through the State Agency for the Welfare of Persons with Disabilities included sewing and grinding machines, supportive aids like sunscreens, cream, recommended glasses, clippers, barbing kits and cash gift as education support.
Presenting the empowerment materials to the beneficiaries, the Board Chairman, Princess Folashade Arise, thanked Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for continuous show of interest in welfare of persons with disabilities.
She explained that the governor has been a supportive father and that since he assumed office he has not neglected the special persons.
The Board Chairman advised all the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the empowerment materials to become self-reliant and employers of labour, just as she also charged them to use the aids including sunscreens and cream to avoid the negative effects of the Sun on their skin.
Some of the beneficiaries including Ayi Emmanuel, Oluwole Shileola and others applauded the Governor for impacting on their lives positively by providing means of livelihood for them.
The theme of this year’s International Albinism Awareness Day is “Inclusion is Strength”, aimed at ensuring the inclusion of the voices of persons with albinism in all sectors of life.