No fewer that 131 disabled persons have been offered job by the Anambra State Civil Service Commission.
Governor Willie Obiano has directed the commission to engage the disabled persons in the state and based on that directive some of them have received their letters of employment.
The release of appointment letters, which started since December 21 would be expected to continue after the Christmas holiday.
Expressing his gratitude to the Governor of Anambra State, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Disability Matters, Mr Chuks Ezewuzie, a Lawyer, described Obiano as “ome mgbe oji’’ and a man that matches his words with action.
“The Governor is a pace setter. While everyone is crying because of present recession and the raging second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, our governor is issuing letters of appointment to 131 persons with disabilities.
“His fatherly concerns toward the disability community in Anambra State can never be over-emphasised.
“The Governor by this, has not only given persons with disabilities a sense of belonging by assenting and implementing the Disability Rights Law, he recently approved the Constituting of the Disability Rights Commission during this year’s celebration of the International Day of persons with disabilities.
“This is indeed a fair year for the disability community in Anambra State,’’ added Ezewuzie.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Joint National Association of Persons With Disabilities (JONAPWD) Anambra State Chapter, Mr Ugochukwu Ernest Okeke said the entire disability community in Anambra were pleased with Gov. Obiano.
He described him as the “most disability-friendly Governor”, in the country.
“The offer of employment is the best Christmas gift ever,’’ Mr Okeke said.
“I urge the newly employed persons with disabilities to be steadfast in the discharge of their duties as this will prove that there is ability in disability.
“I also want you all to put in their best, irrespective of your various disabilities as this will give room for consideration of other persons with disabilities in the state,’’ Okeke said.
One of the beneficiaries, Miss Nkechi Okoye, an economist, who was posted to the State’s Auditor General’s Office, expressed her happiness over the employment offer.
“I am one of the lucky ones to be blessed with appointment. I have just been given my appointment letter. I am speechless and I don’t know how to thank the governor for this gesture.’’
Another beneficiary, Mr Ibegbu Francis Chukwuemeka from Idemili North posted to Ministry of Trade and Commerce said: “I thank our amiable governor for this Christmas surprise’’.