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Shun discrimination of persons with disabilities – Obinabo



By Chidimma Ajemba, Ngozika Omenakiti and Stella Anekwe

COMMISSIONER for Women and Social Welfare, Ify Obinabo has urged the general public to shun the discrimination and unruly attitude meted to epersons with disabilities.

  Mrs Obinabo gave this advice during a courtesy visit of the Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD) in her office in Awka.

  She commended the efforts of members of JONAPWD in advocating for the betterment of the disability community in the state.

  “So many of you, irrespective of your disabilities have achieved a lot individually and collectively better than those that think they are okay..

  “I encourage every person with a disability in the state not to give up; you are all endowed with the talents and potentials that are needed to make a difference.

  “I strongly advocate for equal rights; nobody should ever look down on persons with disabilities. You have a right to be loved and be given equal opportunities.”

  The commissioner assured them of her readiness to work with the community to achieve their needs.

  The Director, Rehabilitation Department, Mrs Anthonia Obianyo noted that JONAPWD Anambra was a recognised organisation that has collaborated with the ministry to serve the disability community.

  “JONAPWD is an umbrella body that oversees the activities of other cluster associations of persons with disabilities in Anambra State,” she said.

  Presenting a familiarisation/advocacy brief, the Chairman, JONAPWD Anambra, Mr Ugochukwu Okeke outlined their major aim for embarking on the visit.

  “We wish to familiarise with you and intimate you on the activities of the organisation as well as our challenges.

  “This visit is also to create awareness on the Disability Rights Law and the need to implement it.”

  Mr Okeke commended the commissioner for the relationship she had with persons with disabilities in Orumba North Local Government Area when she was the transition chairperson.

  He noted that the community has recorded many success stories as a result of their identification with the ministry.

  He, nevertheless, itemised major areas the ministry could assist them in seeing that the Anambra State Disability Rights Law (ASDRL) 2018 was implemented so as to meet the organisation’s challenges.

  The community presented a copy of the ASDRL and a research report on how the organisation of persons with disabilities safeguard persons with disabilities to the commissioner at the end of the visit.

  Other documents presented to the commissioner were the profile of JONAPWD Anambra, the advocacy brief by Mr Ugochukwu Okeke and the presentation of a Deaf Magazine by a member of the community, Mr Amobi Nwagwu.

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