Alan Emmanuel (INN), Akwa Ibom
The Akwa Ibom State government (AKSG) through the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Welfare marked the 2022 International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
The Celebration which was held at Women Development centre, IBB Way, Uyo had persons with disabilities from all the Local government areas in Akwa Ibom State.
Speaking at the event, the Commissioner for women Affairs and Social Welfare, Dr. Ini Adiakpan said the observance of the day was geared towards the promotion and understanding of disabilities issues and to mobilize support for the dignity, rights and wellbeing of persons with disabilities to contribute towards the progress of the society.
She used the opportunity to specially appreciate Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel and his wife, Dr. Mrs Martha Udom Emmanuel for demonstrating uncommon love to persons with disabilities.
Dr. Adiakpan said government’s gestures are clearly seen in the consistent provision of mobility devices, financial empowerment, educational materials and scholarship for students with disabilities.
On that note, she urged persons with disabilities to support the Governor’s completion agenda and his succession plan of Pastor Umo Eno as the PDP gubernatorial candidate.
Dr. Adiakpan also tasked persons with disabilities to make optimum use of the enabling environment and inherent resources created by government to improve themselves.
Speaking on the theme “Transformative Solutions for Inclusive Development; the Role of Innovation in Fueling Accessible and Equitable World” she stated that there is need to take advantage of technological advancements in promoting the rights and social inclusion of persons with disabilities.
In his welcome remarks, President JONAPWD Akwa Ibom state and the former state chairman of Akwa Ibom state Association of Deaf, Comrade Anietie Jackson thank God for making the day a reality.
Comrade Jackson appreciated the state government led by His Excellency, Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel for being passionate about the disabled in the state and for providing adequate resources to cater for them
In reference to the theme, Mr. Jackson appreciated the Honourable Commissioner, Dr. Ini Adiakpan, who has always encouraged them to be internet active.
He used the opportunity to charge persons with disabilities to explore the internet space and show the world their creativity.
At the event, some of the items donated to persons with disabilities include android smart phones, sewing machines /equipments, saloon kits, Generators, complete musical instruments, wheel chairs, clutches, prosthesis, hats and sunscreen for the albinos amongst others.
The beneficiaries were elated for the gesture and appreciated the State government for showing interest in their wellbeing.