I suppose, after thinking about it, the steering shaft would not have to be removed, but the steering wheel would. The issue is that the clearance on the bore of the steering wheel is too tight. If allowed to rust from moisture exposure (or sometimes just time is all that's required) they tend to seize or at lease severely bind on the shafts. When I get them off, I tend to polish the shaft and the bore of the steering wheel to ease assembly and future disassembly.
FWIW, the plastic dash was added in later models to improve appearance. So unfortunately, serviceability suffered for the sake of appearance. The good news is that the switches then to be very robust.
Could the other switch be a second lift switch for possibly a rear lift?