Friday, 4 December 2015

Clampdown on Street Beggars, Provide Us Job—Disables Urge Gov. Obiano

The Joint National Association of Persons with Disability (JONAPWD), an umbrella organization of persons with disability in Nigeria, Anambra State chapter has appealed to Anambra State government to clampdown on street beggars, describing it as a taboo and modern means of defrauding innocent citizens by able-bodied individuals pretending to be disables.

JONAPWD, who insisted that there is ability in disability, bemoaned that these individuals drag their image to a mud, and appealed to Governor Willie Obiano to resuscitate their rehabilitation centers at Nsugbe and other part of the state with a view to training and empowering the physically challenged persons as they are ready to explore their skills and talents for self reliance, job creation and national development.

Speaking at 2015 International Day of Persons with Disabilities held recently in Awka, Chairman of the association, Mr. Lawrence Nwanolue, urged the Anambra State government to appoint their qualified members, especially the 2 visual impaired who had been elevated to Director for about seven years to the rank of permanent secretaries, as well as consider their qualified members for employment, promotions, training, policy formulation and execution.

Nwanolue further reiterated the needs for governor Obiano to appoint their members as Special Advisers, Senior Special Advisers, Commissioners and other vital positions in his kitchen cabinet, even as he called on Anambra State House of Assembly to expedite action towards passage of Disability bill into law having undergone and first and second reading, because according to him, the bill provided for their plights in totality.

On his part, the Director, Rehabilitation in Anambra State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Dr Azuka Ofomata advocated for accommodation of their needs in public buildings and architectural designs, employment of sign language experts on television broadcasts, schools, church and public gatherings in order to carry them along despite their area of deformity.

Ofomata, however tasked JONAPWD on proper documentation of comprehensive data of disable persons in the state in order to easily empower them with equipments and grants whenever the need arises.

Speaking on the importance of world disability day, Mr. Uche Nnadi, the Chairman of National Association for the Blind (NAPS) and, Comrade Ugochukwu Okeke, General Secretary of JONAPWD averred that they use the day to sensitise their members and the world on the ability abound in disabilities.

 By Okechukwu Onuegbu



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