Cross River state Governor, Senator Bassey Otu, has said the state would establish a disability commission to frontally address issues of persons with disabilities (PWDs), as well as promote inclusion.
The governor gave the indication as part of activities marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities marked globally every December 3 at a programme organised by Wife of the Governor, Rev. (Mrs.) Eyoanwan Bassey Otu, in Calabar the state capital.
“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.
“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.
“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 was quoted as saying in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Emmanuel Ogbeche.
He said during the outreach, the Wife of the Governor, Rev. (Mrs.) Otu assured the PWDs of the state government’s continued support, and urge them to be ready to acquire skills that will enable them contribute meaningfully to society.
According to the statement, the First Lady presented wheelchairs, crutches, essential commodities and cash gifts to the various clusters of PWDs.