By James Ezema
Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state today interacted with members of the Association of Persons with Disabilities at the Government House, assuring them of his administration’s resolve to facilitate the creation of an Agency to cater for their welfare.
The International Day of People with Disability is held on December 3 every year with the aim of increasing public awareness, understanding and accepting people with disability and celebrating their achievements and contributions.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya commended the persons with disabilities in the state for seeing ability in their challenges, saying his administration will accord them all necessary support to actualize their respective dreams.
” I want to assure you that Government is with you come rain come sun shine. We are willing to support you in all its ramifications. We will, very soon, send a bill to the state House of Assembly to seek for the establishment of an agency for the disabled to cater for your welfare and support your endeavours “.
State Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Development, Naomi Awak said her Ministry is already working with the association of persons with disabilities in the state to ensure that they are carried a long in the scheme of things and give them a sense of belonging.
She thanked them for their unrelenting support to the state Government, urging them to continue in that direction.
Chairman of the association of persons with disabilities, Gombe state branch, Umar Goro appreciated Governor Inuwa Yahaya for his show of love and compassion for the disabled in the state, describing their meeting with the Governor as unprecedented in the history of the state.
He pleaded for the establishment of more skills acquisition centres, especially across the three senatorial zones of the state , just as he called on the government to grant them and their children free education, addition facilitating donor agencies support in view of their challenges.
This year, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) focuses on the empowerment of persons with disabilities for inclusive, equitable and sustainable development as anticipated in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which pledges to ‘leave no one behind’ and recognizes disability as a cross-cutting issues, to be considered in the implementation of its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).