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C'River Government To Establish Disability Commission... As Wife Marks International Day Of PWDS

Cross River State Governor  Senator Bassey Otu,  has disclosed plans to establish a disability commission to frontally address issues of persons with disabilities (PWDS), as well as promote inclusion.

Otu disclosed this in an address to mark the International Day Of Persons With Disabilities, celebrated globally every December 3 at a programme organised by his wife Rev. (Mrs) Eyoawan Bassey Otu in Calabar the State capital.

He explained that the proposed commission will be headed by 3 appointees of government including a special adviser among others.

"I am happy 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 First" manifesto include all, 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, but 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 told the enthusiastic gathering.

Marking the International Day of People With Disabilities (PWDS), the Wife of the Governor Rev (Mrs.) Otu assured the PWDs of government continued commitment towards their well-being and urged them to be ready to acquire skills that will enable them contribute meaningfully to the society.

The Governor's Wife presented wheelchairs, crutches, essential commodities and cash to the various clusters of persons with disabilities in the State.

By Ebi Collins, The Beagle News