…As CCD seeks equal opportunities for PWDs
Stephen Ukandu, Umuahia
Governor Alex Otti of Abia State, has said that his administration will continue to consider the interest of persons with disabilities in all of its programmes and policies.
Governor Otti stated this in his goodwill message on Sunday to mark the International Disability Day.
“Today’s commemoration provides another opportunity for us to reflect on the contributions of Abians with disabilities to the socio-economic development of our State.
“I would like to reiterate our commitment towards the promotion of inclusive and accessible Abia State, that provides for the well-being of persons with disabilities. This we shall do through the implementation of the Abia State Disability Law.
“As a government, we are also committed to increased awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic, and cultural life.
Otti in the message by his Special Assistant on Persons With Disabilities, Mr David Anyaele, said “no to all forms of discrimination, stigma, and isolation of Abians by reason of disability “
The theme of the 2023 International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is: “United in action to rescue and achieve the SDGs for, with and by persons with disabilities.”
Governor Otti, while wishing Abians happy celebrations, said that his administration was determined to demonstrate to the world that in restoring the glory of Abia and making her truly number one State in Nigeria, and God’s Own State, no one would be left behind by reason of disability.
This is as Centre for Citizens Development, CCD, has sought equal opportunities for PWDs.
CCD’s Interim Head, Florence Austin, emphasises the collective effort required to ensure inclusivity and equal opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
“The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) serve as a blueprint for a more sustainable and equitable future,” she said in a statement.
The statement read: “This year’s theme underscores the pivotal role persons with disabilities play in realising these goals. By fostering unity and collaboration, we aim to break down barriers, promote accessibility, and create an environment where everyone can actively contribute to building a better world.
“As we celebrate diversity, we recognise the unique strengths and perspectives that persons with disabilities bring to our communities. It is imperative that we work hand in hand to eliminate discrimination, enhance accessibility, and empower individuals with disabilities to fully participate in all aspects of life.”
The International Day for Persons with Disabilities is observed globally on December 3, each year.
It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development and to increase awareness of the challenges they face.
The day also seeks to highlight the importance of creating an inclusive and accessible world for all.
“By standing united in action, we can truly rescue and achieve the SDGs for, with, and by persons with disabilities,” the statement said.