Connect with us


Anambra inaugurates Disability Rights Commission



By Blessing Nnabuife

ANAMBRA State Governor, Willie Obiano, today, inaugurated the 10-member board of Anambra Disability Rights Commission.

  Among the members of the board are Chuks Ezewuzie, Chairman, Chinenye Okeke, Secretary, Comrade Ugochukwu Okeke, Mrs Anthonia Obianyo, Mrs. Victoria Okonkwo, Mr. Tony Oli, Bishop Moses Ezedebego, Dr. Pat Okeke, Mrs. Eucharia Anekwe and Mr. William Umeh.

  Inaugurating the board at the Executive Chambers, Government House, Awka. Governor Obiano congratulated members on their appointment which he said, was a demonstration of his confidence in their integrity, intellectual abilities and competence to contribute to the mandate of the establishment, even as he urged them to generate effective policies that will boost the government’s commitment to effective protection of the rights of members of the disability community.

  He charged them put in their best in giving policy direction to the management of the Commission.

  In his remarks, Secretary to the State Government, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu recalled that the Disability Rights Commission was established by the law and passed in 2018.

  According to him, when the governor took over the reigns of power, he has recorded strides at the Nteje mental institution, rehabilitation of the center at Isulo, employment of over 400 qualified persons in the state civil service, appointment of three persons as permanent secretaries from the disability community, among other things.

  Chairman of the new board, Chuks Ezewuzie, a lawyer, who is also the Special Adviser to Governor Obiano on Disability Matters, stated that the inauguration is a consolidation of their eight years of commitment to the disability community, noted  that people from other states in Nigeria will soon start coming to emulate Anambra’s formular for people living with disabilities.

  He said that Governor Obiano had been disability-friendly since inception of his administration, which eventually metamorphosed to his signing of the Disability Rights Law on 18th December, 2018, thereby changing the issue of disability rights from object of charity to a subject of the group members from discrimination and intimidation in the state.

  According to him, the governor followed the move with the inclusion of persons with disabilities in his 2021 budget, as well as increasing budget provisions to take care of the needs of persons with disabilities in the state, which is a clear sign and demonstration of his belief of ability in disability.

  A minute silence was observed for the mental patient, Mmaduabuchi Nnofu, who was murdered by his brother Onyedika Nnofu.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


Top Posts