Foundation’s honour for Lalong

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Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong has bagged this year’s Kpakpando Foundation Award for Disabled Persons Inclusive Governance.

The award was presented to the governor at the 12thAnniversary Celebration of the Kpakpando Foundation which held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja. .

The founder and chairman of the foundation, Sen. Osita Izunaso, said the award was in recognition of the programmes initiated by the governor and most importantly, the establishment and success story of the Disability Rights Commission which began operation in 2005 when he was Speaker of the state House of Assembly.

He also said the governor was also being acknowledged for his commitment to the provision of equal rights for persons with disabilities in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and other Declarations of the United Nations 10th Conference of State Parties (COSP) on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which held in New York from June 12 to 16, 2017.

Other awardees include the All Progressives Congress (APC) which received award for being the first political party in Nigeria to have constitutionally provided for the “Inclusiveness of Persons with Disabilities in National Leadership and Political Participation” across all the states of the federation.

In his acceptance speech, Governor Lalong appreciated the chairman of Kpakpando Foundation and his team for their educational and social welfare interventions in the last 12 years, which he noted have kept the faith with and built the lives of people living with disabilities in the Nigerian Project.

He gave assurance to Plateau citizens and Nigerians that the award will step up all other Inclusive governance measures that will empower people living with disabilities in all aspect of their lives, so that their hope in the people oriented government of the state can be sustained.

The conference which was chaired by Ondo State Ondo Rotimi Akeredolu, had in attendance different groups of people living with disabilities. The APC National Chairman was represented by the chairman of the Governors’ Forum and Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, Governors of Adamawa and Nasarawa states. Other dignitaries in attendance were the Minister for Labour, Senator Chris Ngige, Minister for Interior, Lt Gen Dambazzau, Minister for Science and Technology, Chief Ogbonnoya Onu and other senior government functionaries.


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