The Anambra state governor, Mr. Peter Obi, has distributed empowerment materials valued at about N10 million to over 500 physically challenged persons at a ceremony marking the 2013 International Day for Persons with Disabilities at the Women Development Center in Awka.
At the event with the theme, “Breaking Barriers and Opening Doors to Realise an Inclusive Society for All,” items donated to the individuals included wheel chairs, grinding machines, hair dryers, sewing machines, braille machines and papers, hair clippers and others.
The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, led by Henrietta Agbata, thanked the governor and noted that his administration had shown commitment to the cause of persons with disabilities and had empowered them several times.
However, the Chairman of the Association of Persons with Disabilities, Mr. Lawrence Nwanolue, faulted the ministry for not carrying them along in policies, decisions and activities involving them. He however thanked the governor for the donation.
Governor Obi, who noted the complaints, promised to make up for lapses by the ministry in ensuring their welfare and happiness.
He also assured the people that he would ensure the availability of a micro credit scheme as well as the provision of a bus to the disabled before the end of November.
He added that their welfare would remain a top priority of his administration.