The Lagos State Commissioner for Youths and Social Development, Segun Dawodu, has called for support for children living with disabilities.
According to him, disabled children are the most marginalised in the society and they are often excluded from proper nutrition and humanitarian assistance during emergencies.
Dawodu spoke on Wednesday at the Correctional Centre for Junior Boys, Birrel Avenue, Sabo, Yaba.
The Ministry of Youth and Social Development had visited the centre to offer financial assistance to the service providers.
The commissioner explained that the financial intervention was to build an inclusive society and promote the act of kindness.
He said the state government was interested in creating a level playing ground so that children with disabilities could thrive, reach their full potential and contribute to the development of society.
“The potential of children living with disabilities is often overlooked. Due to lack of adequate policies and legislation, these children are effectively barred from realising their rights to health care, education and even survival”, he added.
Dawodu urged residents not to undermine the prospects of disabled children, imploring every member of society to support the government to give them a better life.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Mrs Yewande Falugba, said taking care of children living with disabilities was a priority for the government.