By Boluwaji Obahopo
LOKOJA — Governor Idris Wada of Kogi State, yesterday, enjoined Nigerians to support and encourage People Living With Physical Disabilities, PLWD, to meet their aspirations and become active members of the society.
Wada made the call at the presentation of 575 wheel chairs by Free Wheelchair Mission, USA, through the US-based Associated Health Resource Centre, to the physically challenged persons from the 21 local government areas of the state at the Lokoja Township Stadium.
Wada urged Nigerians to respect all disabled persons and extend hands of fellowship to them and help them to succeed in life, saying: “In December 2012, I had an accident. I could not walk for about six months. I could not climb stairs; I had to live in a bungalow. So, I have experienced disability”,
He urged the organisation to train the beneficiaries on how to maintain the wheel chairs and used the occasion to commend the state House of Assembly for passing the Physically Challenged Peoples Bill into law, saying: “The bill is being fine-tuned for his assent.”
Representative of the Associated Health Resource Centre of California, USA, Mrs Theresa Alaeze, said the centre had assisted the disable in five other states in Nigeria with wheelchairs.
The centre, she said, believed in investing in human quality, describing it as the best investment ever as it guaranteed longevity and happiness of the human race.
First Lady of the state, Mrs Halimat Wada, through her pet programme, Kogi Women Empowerment Network, KOWEN, by which the donation was made, urged donor agencies, corporate bodies, well-meaning individuals to support government in providing succour to the physically challenged.