The Joint National Association of Persons With Disabilities (JONAPWD) has presented a list of their needs for assistance to the Imo State governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma.
The Chairman of the association, Chief Stanley Nwachukwu presented the list on Friday when they paid a courtesy visit to the governor at Government House Owerri.
According to Nwachukwu, the JONAPWD would want government to grant the association employment waiver and pay arrears of their monthly subvention as well as donate a bus to the association.
Nwachukwu said the motor vehicle would facilitate movement of the members and participation in the electioneering campaigns of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The JONAPWD chairman lauded the state governor for his “immeasurable acts of good deeds which have made the people of the state to heave a sigh of relief”.
He further commended the governor for constructing roads which he said only the opposition die-hards have turned blind eyes to.
Responding, Governor Hope Uzodimma reminded members of the association that they are part of the reason for his administration.
The governor added that no room will be given for any form of discrimination against members of the association.
He thanked them for finding time to visit him and remaining resilient in their support to his government.
Governor Uzodimma promised to look critically at their request on employment waiver and assured that they will be “given equal opportunities.”
He said his government will work on their demand to accommodate them in the areas they will be best fitted and not necessarily their demand for quota “because waiver and quota will bring a type of stigma on you.”
The governor also promised to take care of their request for subvention through empowerment of their members on skills development so that “they will be self-employed, self-sustained and become employers of labour themselves.”