By Olufisoye Adenitan
The Ondo State Government has launched the Braille Version of the Violence against Persons Prohibited Law, VAPP for persons with disability.
The braille version of the law was produced by the Ondo State Agency against Gender Based Violence, OSSAGBV, and the Westminster Foundation For Democracy, WFD.
At the occasion, the Executive Director, OSSAGBV, Mrs Bolanle Afolabi said the VAPP law was an important document enacted to protect the rights of all citizens of the state.
In her address on the occasion, the wife of the governor, Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, represented by Senior Special Assistant on Gender Matters, Mrs Ngozi Igbo-Okoro emphasized that the braille version was a good development in order to carry everyone in the society along especially persons with disability in the state.
She said the current administration in the was working towards ensuring that the VAPP Law was adequately implemented to protect vulnerable special people.
Also speaking, the Ondo State Agency for the Welfare of Persons with Disabilities, Folasade Arise commended the initiative of the production of the braille version of the law.
She said persons with disability are most times vulnerable to rape because of the peculiarity of their disability.
Also the chairman, Joint National Association of Persons with Disability JONAPWD, Mr Abiodun Samuel Olusegun appreciated the braille version of VAPP law which he said will assist the visually impaired persons in the state.
Earlier the Country Representative , Westminster Foundation For Democracy, WFD, Mr Adebowale Olorunmola said the organisation supported the provision of the assistive devices like the braille version of the VAPP law to aid the work of persons with disabilities.
In his presentation, the Executive Director, Disability Awareness and Development Initiative, Mr Stephen Akinola stressed the need for the creation of an economic empowerment initiative that would give financial stability to persons with disability.
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