LAGOS ASSEMBLY INAUGURATES STANDING COMMITTEES’ CHAIRMEN, SEEKS AWARENESS ON IMPORTANCE OF WHITE CANE FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED

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Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, has inaugurated Standing Committees Chairmen of the House to perform oversight functions on various Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government (MDAs).

The Speaker announced the list of the Chairmen for the Committees at the Plenary today. The list includes:

  1. Selection Committee, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa representing Agege I
  2. Ethics and Privilege, Hon. Rotimi Abiru representing Shomolu II Constituency
  3. Public Accounts (State), Hon. Moshood Oshun representing Lagos Mainland I
  4. Public Accounts (Local), Hon. Mojeed Fatai representing Ibeju-Lekki I
  5. Agriculture, Hon. Kehinde Joseph representing Alimosho II
  6. Economic Budget and Planning, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu representing Eti-Osa II
  7. Science and Technology, Hon. Sulaiman Afinni representing Lagos Island II
  8. Environment, Hon. Desmond Elliot representing Surulere I
  9. Energy and Mineral Resources, Hon. Folajimi Muhammed representing Ikeja I
  10. Water Front Infrastructure and Development, Hon. Ibrahim Layode representing Badagry I
  11. Transportation, Hon. Adewale Temitope representing Ifako-Ijaiye I
  12. Establishment Training and Pension, Hon. Makinde Rasheed representing Ifako-Ijaiye II
  13. Physical Planning, Urban Development, Hon. Nurudeen Akinsanya representing Mushin I
  14. Commerce and Industry, Hon. Sanni Okanlawon representing Kosofe I
  15. Women Affairs, Poverty Alleviation and Job Creation, Hon. Mojisola Meranda
  16. Education, Hon. Yinka Ogundinmu representing Agege II
  17. Works and Infrastructure, Hon. Abiodun Tobun representing Epe I
  18. Wealth Creation and Employment, Hon. Jude Idimogu representing Oshodi/Isolo II
  19. Health, Hon. Sokunle Olusola representing Oshodi/Isolo I
  20. Home Affairs, Hon. Engr. David Setonji representing Badagry II
  21. Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Solaja-Saka Nurudeen representing Ikorodu II
  22. Youth and Social Development, Hon. Ajani Owolabi representing Lagos Mainland I
  23. Finance, Hon. Rotimi Olowo representing Shomolu I
  24. Judiciary, Human Rights, Public Petition and LASEIC, Hon. Victor Akande representing Ojo I
  25. House Service, Hon. Tijani Suraju representing Ojo II
  26. Lands, Hon. Adedamola Kasunmu representing Ikeja II
  27. Housing, Hon. Bisi Yusuff representing Alimosho I
  28. Information and Strategy, Hon. Tunde Buraimoh representing Kosofe II
  29. Central Business District, Hon. Alli-Macaulay Mojisola representing Amuwo/Odofin I
  30. Special Duties and InterGovernmental Relations, Hon. Adewale Raheem representing Ibeju-Lekki II
  31. Local Government Administration, Hon. Layiwola Abdul-Sobur representing Mushin II
  32. Legislative Compliance, Hon. Age-Sulaimon Olawale representing Amuwo/Odofin II
  33. Procurement, Hon. Olumo Saad representing Ajeromi/Ifelodun I
  34. Overseas and Investment, Hon. Ogunkelu Sylvester representing Epe II
  35. Inter-Parliamentary, Hon. Oluwa Olatunji representing Ajeromi/Ifelodun II
  36. Private and Public Partnership (PPP), Hon. Noheem Adams representing Eti-Osa I
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  In another development, Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly have also called on the Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to direct the Ministry of Information and Strategy to embark on awareness campaign in order to educate the general public on the significance of white cane for the visually impaired through the State owned media medium.

The prime mover of the motion, Hon. Rotimi Abiru, noted that white cane is a symbol of mobility for the visually impaired to enable them observe their environment for obstacles or marks; affording them the right of way when crossing the road alone and for other road users to assist them.

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Hon. Adedamola Kasunmu, in his submission, opined that launching of white cane initiative will serve as a form of empowerment among the visually impaired, noting that a case of accountability and acceptability amongst the public is imperative. He enjoined the House to adopt and dedicate a day for people living with disabilities, like it is done in the developed Countries.

In the same view, Hon. Mojisola Meranda added that the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development has a major role to play across all organizations and institutions, through provision of necessary amenities for people living with disabilities in order to make life easy for them.

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Hon. Abiodun Tobun in his contribution stressed that the physically challenged should be rehabilitated economically, socially, and they should be trained on the use of technology. According to him “It goes beyond embarking on white cane policy.”

Hon. Noheem Adams said “it is no news that the physically challenged are suffering from stigmatization, human rights abuse, lack of right to education and housing”. He thereafter urged the House to enact a law that would promote the well-being of the visually impaired and sought the compassion of the general public towards them.

Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, in his remarks, expressed that the awareness of white cane is not enough as some might have other gadgets, however, people should generally be aware of people living with disabilities in order to aid betterment of their lives.

The House further called on Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to restructure the Lagos State Office of Disability Affairs for more effective discharge of its duties and responsibilities and Local Government to create such awareness at the local level.

He thereafter directed Mr. Azeez Sanni, the Clerk of the House to communicate the resolve to the Governor of the State.

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