Leadership (Abuja)

30 November 2012

Nigeria: Aregbsola Appoints 30 Persons Living With Disabilities, Says Adviser

Mr Biyi Odunlade, the Special Adviser to Osun Governor on Youths, Sports and Special Needs, says 30 people living with disabilities have been employed on the directive of Gov. Rauf Aregbesola.

Odunlade made this known on Thursday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Osogbo.

He said that they had been appointed either as political office holders or as career civil servants.

Odunlade, who spoke with NAN shortly after a press conference to mark the second anniversary of Aregbesola administration, disclosed that six of them were given political appointments.

He gave the names of the political appointees as Michael Odesanya, Assistant Senior Special Adviser; Mr Ismail Tadese and Mr Toyin Poroku as Personal Aides.

Other personal aides are Mrs Funmi Muhammed; presently on overseas tour on the ticket of the state government, Mr Sarafadeen Aremu and Mr Dele Ogundojutimi.

Odunlade, who said that the governor was very passionate on the plight of the physically-challenged persons, said that efforts were still on to bring more of them on board.

He said that the state government had started putting some structures on the ground to address the problems of the mentally ill.

"We don't want to evacuate them and expose them to more suffering by repatriating them back to their states but we will want to take care of them in our rehabilitation centre at Ilobu.

"We have started to consult psychiatric consultants all over reputable health institutions in order to give a holistic approach to their treatment and rehabilitation," he said.

Odunlade said that the state government was planning to move some of the mentally ill persons on Dec.15 to designated hospitals for treatment. (NAN)

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