ANAMBRA State Government has assured the physically challenged in the state of its readiness to alleviate the sufferings of their members.
The promise was made at Umueze-Anam, Anambra East Local Government Area in continuation of their sensitisation tour of the communities accommodating disabled persons in the state.
Gov. Willie Obiano, represented by his Special Adviser on Disability Matters, Mr Chuks Ezewuzie explained that grassroots sensitisation was aimed at making sure that no member of the community was left behind in government programmes earmarked for them.
He urged them to take advantage of many programmes of government on disability communities in the state.
“Form cooperative societies, register and come forward; Anambra State Small Business Agency (ASBA) has been tasked to grant loans to persons with disability, who indicate interest.
“For those with educational qualifications, come to the Office of the Governor on Disability Matters, in Awka, for documentation and employment pursuit; many has been verified a few weeks past and are now due for employment.
“Stop wallowing in self pity as being disabled is not a death sentence, rather an opportunity to excel and be the best.”
He said that the state government was the first to sign the Disability Rights Law on December 18, 2018, and also implemented its provisions.
“The Access Market Pavilion (AMP) programme, where products from any disabled individual will be made available to the world is being powered by the government.
“We are also training and empowering entrepreneurs, who are disabled.”
In an opening speech, Executive Assistant to the Governor on Disability Services, Mr Ugo Okeke listed three major reasons behind the visitation.
“First of all, we are here to bring to your knowledge the plans and good intentions that Gov. Willie Obiano has for the Disability Community in Anambra through the office of the Governor on Disability Matters.
“We are here also to do what we call impact assessment on what some of you have done with the monetary empowerments from the government during the 2020 World Disable Day celebration and other empowerment programmes.
“We have also come with love to know your various challenges and suggest ways to tackle them to better your living standards.”
Some members of the community told the gathering their challenges.
Francisca Obi, a Hairdresser, informed the community of her intention to own a hairdressing salon but did not have enough funds for the purpose, pleading for assistance.
Chioma Mmadubueze, a West Africa Secondary School Certificate holder, but unemployed, pleading for provision of a job.
Thereafter, the names of those with challenges were taken for further interventions by the government.
The train presented some bags of rice to the community as palliatives from the COVID-19 disability response team.
Notable persons at the meeting include Head of Education and Social Welfare, Mrs Maureen Adike and Head of Social Welfare Unit of the Local Government, Mrs Nkem Udemezue.