February 22, 2024

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We’ll Step Up Disability Commission, Otu Assures Physically Challenged in C’River

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Edith CHUKU

 

 

Cross River State Governor, Senator Bassey Otu, has assured physically challenged people in the state that his administration will set up a disability commission for them.

 

The governor gave this assurance at a programme organised by his wife, Rev. Eyoanwan Bassey Otu, in Calabar the state capital, as part of activities marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, marked globally every December 3.

 

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Otu promised that the state will establish a disability commission to frontally address issues of persons with disabilities (PWDs), as well as promote inclusion.

 

He said, “I am happy that we are looking at disability not as a challenge. I want you to know that government is ready to touch this particular segment of our society.

 

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“Our People’s First manifesto includes all. And for those that are a bit more vulnerable we give them even more.

 

“This administration will set up a disability commission. We have three appointments for persons with disabilities; Special Adviser to the Governor, Senior Special Assistant and Special Assistant as well as others that will run the commission.

 

 

 

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“Our promise today is to make sure you forget what has happened. Life is not about how you are, rather how you take yourself, how you honour yourself and how you carry yourself.

 

“We will make sure nobody cheats you. We will always do what is right by the disability community,” the Governor told the enthusiastic gathering.

 

 

 

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During the outreach, the wife of the Governor assured the physically challenged people of the state government’s continued support, and urged them to be ready to acquire skills that will enable them contribute meaningfully to society.

 

The First Lady presented wheelchairs, crutches, essential commodities and cash gifts to the various clusters of PWDs.

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