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By Chidimma Ajemba

Amawbia (Awka North LGA), Nov. 28, 2020 (MOI) Association of Persons With Physical Disability (ASPWPD), Anambra State Chapter held their 7th Annual prayer summit/end of the year-get-together on Nov. 25.

The event was held at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, Amawbia with a theme: “Caring and Sharing’’, taken from the book of Matthews 25:35-46.

The Chairman of the Association, Mr Okeke Ernest Ugochukwu urged members of ASPWPD to always care for people irrespective of their disability.

“Be your brother’s keeper; we must all inculcate the habit of helping and caring for people that we are better off.

“Being challenged should not take away our compassionate heart that we ought to have as Christians.

“Don’t always expect people to show you kindness rather be an instrument of kindness to anyone close to you,’’ Mr Ugochukwu said.

He led them through a special prayer session for Gov. Willie Obiano and his Government, asking God to bless him and his so that they would continue to show concerns toward the disability community in Anambra State.

The chairman, then, called for immediate establishment of a Disability Rights’ Commission in Anambra State.

Mr Ugochukwu, then, praised the Special Adviser to the Governor on Disability Matters, Mr Chuks Ezewuzie, a lawyer, for his many efforts and concerns toward the disability community.

He provided 74 cartons of Noodles from the Government in continuation of COVID-19 palliatives, to be shared among ASPWPD members that attended the JONAPWD General Meeting that was held on Nov. 7 at St. Marks, Abagana.

He hailed the Chairman of Nigeria National Association of the Deaf, Anambra chapter, Mr Amobi Nwagwu and the representative of National Association of the Blind Anambra State Chapter, Mr Ifeanyi Iguegbe for attending the event.

Mr Ugochukwu also noted some of the programmes and achievements carried out by ASPWPD irrespective of COVID-19 pandemic and the EndSars protests like the training of 16 women on Skills Acquisition Project.

The ladies were taught confectioneries, shoe-making, liquid soap production, bead making and cosmetology.

One of the beneficiaries testified that she was now making a living out of the skills she acquired.

“I am Chinwe Onyekomelu from Amanuke and I am into shoe making; by the grace of God I make not less than N2,000 on any shoe or sandal that I make on a daily basis.

“I have been using this to support my family; all thanks to ASPWPD.’’

The association also produced 15 crutches, sponsored by Old Girls (Set of 1983) of the Queen Of Rosary College (ORC), Onitsha.

The association used subvention from the Ministry of Women Affairs to purchase two wheelchairs for members that were in dire need of it.

They praised the Commissioner, Children and Women Affairs Ministry, Lady Ndidi Mezue for the subvention to JONAPWD.

“It is on record that it is during her ongoing tenure that JONAPWD has witnessed an increase to its subvention for the first time.”

Addressing the members of ASPWPD on behalf of the QRC set of 1983 set, Mrs Ngozi Okoye expressed satisfaction at the leadership of ASPWPD for judiciously applying the N225, 000 raised for them to bankroll the purchase of crutches for their members.

“I felt happy when Mr Ugochukwu invited us for the official handover of the crutches to the beneficiaries,’’ stressed Mrs Okoye.

“It shows that your leaders are transparent and I must commend you for looking out for one another.

“Being in your midst today (Nov. 25), makes me realise that we are all one irrespective of our challenges.’’

The event then featured a presentation of some crutches, wheelchairs and palliatives by representatives of QRC 1983 set Mrs Okoye and Mrs Elizabeth Iloghalu to the beneficiaries. (MOI)
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