By Vincent Ujumadu
THE 47,000 strong registered members of Persons With Disabilities have thrown their weight behind the reelection of Governor Willie Obiano over what they described as his humane disposition towards them.
They said during a meeting in Awka yesterday that never in the history of persons with disabilities had a governor done so much for them, adding that they would mobilize their members during the election to vote massively for him.
Senior special assistant, SSA, to the governor on disability matters, Mr. Betrand Ezewuzie described Obiano as number one disability inclusive governor in Nigeria, who also runs the most inclusive administration in the country.
Ezewuzie said: “The disability community is a vulnerable group, but Governor Obiano loves and cares for the members. He is the first governor to appoint a person with disability to the position of SSA, the highest office for a person with disability, since the creation of Anambra State.
“He also appointed the first visually impaired as a permanent secretary, the first of its kind, just as he has appointed five persons with disabilities to senior positions in both political and civil service ranks.
“He has given the deaf community a sense of belonging by appointing a special assistant on sign language communications and employed many graduates with disabilities even in economic recession.
“The governor recognizes and continues to empower entrepreneurs with disabilities who are involved in private economic ventures and donated his salary for the upkeep of persons with mental disabilities.”