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Anambra prioritises disability rights – Obiano



ANAMBRA State’s new policy of inclusive governance prioritises people living with disability’s rights.

  Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, stated this while inaugurating the 10-man board of Anambra State Disability Rights Commission in Executive Committee (EXCO) Chambers, Government House, Awka, on Tuesday.

  Explaining his administration’s policy of inclusivity as a product of need to bring hitherto excluded groups up to speed in developing every sector of the state economy, the governor said their devotion to the disability community is predicated on the special place occupied by vulnerable people in his heart and also his commitment to carrying every group along in the scheme of things.

  According to him, the policy not only yielded instant results that rubbed off on greater participation in governance by the physically challenged, but also equipped people with disabilities with requisite development to favourably compete with others in contributing to overall development.

  Gov. Obiano, therefore, called on the incoming administration not only to sustain the policy but also widen scope of disability rights by creating further enabling environment for the new commission to consolidate its immediate gains.

  The governor further explained that his administration’s commitment to human resource development beyond barriers, which led to the setting up of Commission for Persons with Disabilities currently headed by a Barr Chukwuka Ezewuzie, who is also Special Adviser to the Governor on Disability Matter, has made Anambra State a shining example to the entire nation.

  Also speaking, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu explained that Gov. Obiano-led administration has done a lot for the physically challenged and other vulnerable groups in so many ways as successive regimes could not do.

  Urging members of the commission to carry out their work with utmost respect, in order to justify government’s confidence in them, Chukwulobelu said the administration’s commitment to disabled ones gave rise to giving them a sense of belonging through employment and other empowerment schemes.

  While expressing his co-members’ gratitude, Special Adviser to the Governor on Disability Matters and Chairman of the State Disability Right Commission,  Chukwuka Ezewuzie said they will work within the various disability laws to ensure their full implementation in order to better the lives of persons with disabilities in Anambra State.

  He listed areas of special interest as education, healthcare, rehabilitation, empowerment and employment as well as partnering relevant Ministries, Departments, Agencies (MDAs).

  Other members of the board include Ugochukwu Okeke, Mrs. Anthonia Obianyo, Mrs. Victoria Okonkwo, Mr. Tony Oli, Bishop Moses Ezedebego, Dr. Pat Okeke, Mrs. Eucharia Anekwe and Mr. William Umeh.

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