Physically Challenged Persons Want Representative in Delta Cabinet

The Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD), Delta chapter, on Thursday called on Gov. Emmanuel Uduaghan to appoint one of them as special adviser on disability matters.

Mr Omor Obruche, the Chairman of the association, made the appeal during an interview with newsmen in Asaba.

Obruche deplored the situation where the physically challenged persons were being represented by able bodied person as special adviser to the governor.

“Only the person wearing the shoes knows where it pinches. Even in our neighboring state, Edo, the special adviser to the governor on disability matters is a physically challenged person”, he said.

He stressed that it was unfair for the physically challenged to be excluded from the federal, state and local governments Subsidy Reinvestment Programme (SURE-P) appointments.

He called on the State Government to create a commission for persons with disability for proper inclusion.

“There is also the urgent need for the passage of disability bill into law, economic empowerment of the association and allocation of 20 per cent of the SURE-P programme to our members.

“We are also calling for the establishment of mass transit, social insurance and free healthcare scheme and employment for our members”, Obruche said.

He commended Uduaghan for employing no fewer than 40 persons with disabilities into public service in 2010.

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