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The governor of Abia State, Alex Otti has reiterated the government’s resolve to mitigate barriers inhibiting Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) in the state.
Additionally, he exhorted them to support the government’s developmental initiatives and to reject anything that would prevent them from reaching their full potential.
The governor spoke, yesterday, at a roundtable dialogue for PWDs, organised by Centre for Citizens With Disabilities (CCD), to mark the 2023 International Day of Persons With Disabilities.
Represented by his Special Assistant (Disabilities), David Anyaele, he challenged them to resist discrimination on the basis of their challenges and avail themselves to programmes, facilities and activities by the government, including provisions of the extant State Disabilities Law.
Otti assured them that his government will step up awareness on incidents of discrimination and other harmful practices. He said: ‘Government recognises that the disability community is challenged by a plethora of barriers made worse due to unimaginable neglect by previous governments.’
A legal practitioner and member of the State Advisory Committee on Disability Matters, Okechukwu Kanu, urged PWDs to work harder towards full implementation of the state disability law and bring it to public knowledge.
Acting head of the Abia State chapter of CCD, Florence Austin, said the day was observed to highlight disability issues and mobilise support for the dignity and well-being of PWDs.
In another report, the Imo State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has suspended Charles Ugwu as the Chairman of the party.
The party made this known in a statement issued on Tuesday by the state secretary, Njaka Duruiheoma.
The statement indicated that Ugwu, a former Minister of Commerce and Industry, was suspended by the party over alleged misconduct.
Duruiheoma disclosed that the zonal chairman of the party for the Okigwe zone, Chidi Dike, has taken over as the acting state chairman.