The Governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has assured Association of Persons with Disabilities in the State that he will work with the State House of Assembly to ensure that the Disability Bill before it is given a speedy passage into law.
The Governor gave the assurance at maiden edition of Abia State Disability Summit and Exhibition organized by El-New Hope Foundation in conjunction with Abia State Government at Michael Okpara Auditorium, Umuahia on Tuesday.
Governor Ikpeazu, who urged them to see their condition as a blessing, pleaded with the society to shun any form of discrimination against persons with disabilities.
The Governor was represented at the event by his deputy, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu.
The Founder of El-New Hope Foundation, El-dad Monu, in an address read by the Director General, Chidinma Enyinnaya, disclosed that their target is to curb inequality and negative attitude against persons with disabilities as well as promote their skills for sustainable development.
He used the opportunity to call on the state government to establish Abia State Secondary School for the deaf, granting of scholarship for persons with disability, ensuring that Grail and sign language is introduced in Primary Schools, accessibility of health facilities and giving them a sense of belonging.
In his lecture at the event, the Executive Secretary of National Commission for Persons with Disabilities, Hon James Lalu, urged the State House of Assembly to endeavour to pass the Disability Bill.
The peek of the event witnessed inspection of Made-in-Aba exhibitions and other empowerment equipment.