By: Valentine Adese,
Plateau State Governor, Rt. Hon. Simon Lalong, who arrived London yesterday evening to attend the Global Disability Summit, has called on governments and individual to take, as a deliberate task, to support people with Disabilities across the globe.
You would recall the Governor Lalong was invited by the British Government, following his commitment to the cause of disables in Nigeria, especially, in Plateau state.
It is also of note that Governor Lalong, as Speaker of the then Plateau State House of Assembly (PLHA) ensured the passage of the first Disability Rights Law 2005 and subsequently pioneered the establishment of The Plateau State Disability Rights Commission when he assumed office as the Governor of Plateau state.
According to a press statement from the Plateau State Ministry of Information and Communication, signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr. Yakubu Dati, Governor Lalong is the only Governor invited from Nigeria, and “has been credited for appointing several Persons with Disabilities into his administration..”
While he is in London, the statement stated that, “The Governor will also lobby the British Government to focus its attention on Plateau state in his bid to improve the quality of life of People with Disabilities.”
Adding that, “The summit, which is to take place at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, is built around major commitments to be made around four major themes namely dignity and respect for all, inclusive education, economic empowerment and technology/ innovation.
“Lalong will also interact with the board and management of major Global Disability Organizations to lobby for technical support and partnerships with the Plateau State Disability Rights Commission.
“The Global Disability Summit will raise global attention and focus on a long-neglected area, mobilize new global and national commitments on disability and showcase good practice, innovation and evidence from across the world.
“The outcome of the Global summit will renew Plateau State Commitment to Disability Inclusive Development.”