A Lagos lawmaker, Mr Adedamola Kasunmu, on Saturday urged government at all levels to invest more on People Living With Disabilities (PLWD) to improve their condition of living.
Kasunmu, the Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Youth and Sports Development, made the plea in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
According to him, federal, state and local governments need to give more attention to physically-challenged people in the society in the face of the economic challenges facing the country.
“Government should affect those that are physically-challenged among us.
“It is part of our social responsibilities to take care of the People Living with Disabilities,” the lawmaker representing Ikeja Constituency II at the Assembly said.
He commended Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode for various youth development programmes embarked upon by his administration and the involvement of youths in the decision-making process in the state.
The lawmaker said that the state government had invested much in the socio-economic development of PLWD, but could still do more.
Kasunmu, who said that the state had a huge population of youths, said that he would use his office to affect their lives positively through legislation.
“We have a lot of responsibilities in leading the youth in the right direction because they are the future leaders of the nation.
“It is our responsibility to have them guided and engaged, equipping them with skills and empowering them in their various professions.
“The government must redouble efforts towards empowerment of youths with skills to make them contribute their quota in the development of this nation,” he said.
Kasunmu said that he had empowered many youths, women and physically-challenged as part of his social responsibility.