By Chidimma Ajemba

Awka, Dec. 25, 2020 (MOI) The long awaited desires of persons with disabilities seeking employment into the Anambra State Civil Service have been fulfilled.

This is because 131 disabled persons, who were offered employment by the Anambra State Civil Service Commission, Awka on the directive of the Governor were now receiving their letters of employment.

A newly employed displaying her letter of appointment

The release of appointment letters, which started since Dec. 21 would be expected to continue after the Christmas break.

Expressing his gratitude to the Governor of Anambra State, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Disability Matters, Mr Chuks Ezewuzie, a Lawyer, described Gov. Obiano as “ome mgbe oji’’ and a man that matches his words with action.

“The Governor is a pace setter. While everyone is crying because of present recession and the raging second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, our governor is issuing letters of appointment to 131 persons with disabilities.

“His fatherly concerns toward the disability community in Anambra State can never be over-emphasised.

“The Governor by this, has not only given persons with disabilities a sense of belonging by assenting and implementing the Disability Rights Law, he recently approved the Constituting of the Disability Rights Commission during this year’s celebration of the International Day of persons with disabilities.

“This is indeed a fair year for the disability community in Anambra State,’’ added Ezewuzie.

Meanwhile, in appreciation of the latest development, the Chairman of Joint National Association of Persons With Disabilities (JONAPWD)  Anambra State Chapter, Mr Ugochukwu Ernest Okeke said the entire disability community in  Anambra were pleased with Gov. Obiano.

He described him as the “most disability-friendly Governor”, in the country.

“The offer of employment is the best Christmas gift ever,’’ Mr Okeke said.

“I urge the newly employed persons with disabilities to be steadfast in the discharge of their duties as this will prove that there is ability in disability.

“I also want you all to put in their best, irrespective of your various disabilities as this will give room for consideration of other persons with disabilities in the state,’’ Okeke said.

One of the beneficiaries, Miss Nkechi Okoye, an economist, who was posted to the State’s Auditor General’s Office, expressed her happiness over the employment offer.

“I am one of the lucky ones to be blessed with appointment. I have just been given my appointment letter. I am speechless and I don’t know how to thank the governor for this gesture.’’

Another beneficiary, Mr Ibegbu Francis Chukwuemeka from Idemili North posted to Ministry of Trade and Commerce said: “I thank our amiable governor for this Christmas surprise’’.

Miss Faith Mbachi from Mbaukwu, Awka South Local Government Area advised persons with disabilities to shun begging on the streets and look for a more sustainable means of livelihood.

 It was in August that the State Civil Service Commission called for verification and documentation of persons with disabilities, who were interviewed in 2017.

It is expected that more names will be forwarded to Commission for interview in 2021 as Gov. Obiano has directed that no qualified and educated Anambra person with disability shall be left without of employment. (MOI)

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