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Physically-challenged demand equal opportunity

PORT HARCOURT —  GOVERNMENT at all levels in the country have been urged to appoint people with disability into positions of authority.

President of  Rivers State branch of the National Association of People with Disability, Mr. Frederick Amachree, who made the appeal in Port Harcourt at an event to mark this year’s international day of the disabled, said this way, they would also feel a sense of belonging.

Amachree called for support in the form of loans for people with disability to be able to pursue some of their skills. He said they had been battling without any success to have audience with the state governor.

He later presented a fresh letter to the wife of the governor, seeking audience with him with and appealed that it should be delivered, handed over to the governor in the bedroom.

“We want to appeal that this letter should be handed over to the governor in the bedroom and not in the office”.

Mr. Amachree also enjoined governments in the country to ensure that considerations are giving to people with disabilities while erecting public buildings.

According to him, some of them find it very challenging while trying to use conveniences in some public places.  He thanked Governor Rotimi Amaechi for the scholarship scheme for the disabled in the state.

Also speaking, Dr Theresa Aleze charged those with capacity to assist the disabled, to do so without any hesitation just as she called for employment opportunities to be created for them. She challenged the physically challenged not to have self pity because this could affect their dream to succeed.

In her remark, wife of the governor of Rivers state, Dame Judith Amaechi said the government would not leave them out of its programme of empowerment and development.

Assuring that she would present the letter from the group to the governor as told she said the government would soon revisit homes for the disabled in the state to see how their standards could be raised


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