The Plateau state Disability commission in collaboration with the joint National Association of persons with Disabilities, Plateau state chapter Chairman, Mr. Seth Attah has offered unflinching support to Governor Simon Bako Lalong for renovation, empowerment of persons with disabilities.
He called on the administration of Governor Simon Lalong to lift up the embargo on employment on persons living with disabilities as bonafide citizens of the state.
The Chairman disclosed this during the 2017 joint National Association of persons with disabilities on the Plateau state who are celebrating the international Day for persons with disabilities on the 12th January, 2017 held at Plateau state disability rights commission premises, No 24 Naraguta Avenue,Jos.
He said, “We appeal to the governor to kindly assist the five associations of persons living with disabilities in the state with a functional vehicle each and consider them for monthly or yearly subvention like their counterparts in other states of the country, eg Nasarawa, Kaduna, Bauchi just to mention which will discourage these associations taking private cap”.
He requested the rescue leader of the state to intervene by directing the state universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) management to give prompt consideration of the thirty three qualified names compiled by this association for the teaching position in primary schools out of the over five thousands to be employed as directed by the LALONG in August , JOS as directed by the governor .
They appeal to the governor to kindly constitute the membership of the disabled right commission with at least two permanent members and the chairman should be from the community of persons with disabilities.
According to him, we use the opportunity to seek for full autonomy of the persons with disabilities right commission like their sister commissions in the state to enable the feel the impact of its establishment.
He added, “The international day for persons with disabilities happens to be product of international year for the disabled from 1983 to 1993 in which it was to recognize the plight and their challenges.
Governor Simon Bako Lalong has assured that the rescue administration will continue to support and strengthen the disability right commission to discharge its statutory responsibilities.
“we must accord and afford persons with disability the favourable atmosphere to contribute to the socio -economic development of Plateau state”, he explained.
Represented by Commissioner for special Duties, Hon Hittler Dadi, said, we have therefore made deliberate plans to ensure that persons with disability in Plateau state are carried along in the act of governance.
Lalong said special attention will be given to people living with disability in the state government which N200,000.00 donations was for each of them to register for small medium enterprise development agency and roll out economic ,vocational support program .
He recognized the competence contributions of persons with disabilities in political process which had continue to impact positively to the history this great country.
The Ag Chairman of Plateau State Disability Right Commission, Mr. Bitrus Hosea called on government to address various illnesses that led to prevention of disabilities from the challenges they are through.
He advised state government to provide specialist hospitals that can take care of persons with disabilities in the state because their deformity.
Hosea commended governor Lalong for sponsoring plateau state delegation to attend the United Nations 9th session conference to convention in 2016 in New York and USA respectively.
He also lauded the governor for coordinating the implementation of exclusive project in Nigeria and Lake Chad Basin which include, Republic of Niger, Chad, Cameron and Nigeria.
The Ag Chairman has appreciated the Lalong for the compensation, renovation, completion of multi-purpose workshop and fencing of the vocational training center for the blind in Zawan .
Governor Simon Lalong was awarded recipient of the 2016 game changer and Disability inclusive Development Best Nigerian state Governor of the year award.
The Chairman of NUJ, Yakubu Taddy said today mark as the very important in the history of Plateau were distinguished personalities who have contributed to the development of para-Olympic that rise the flag of Nigeria.
He encouraged person with disabilities not to see that their current challenges will not stop them from achieving their set goal.