By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
The Physically challenged persons (PCP) on Tuesday December 3rd. said that they are able and not disabled, hence appealed to government at all levels to include them in various skills acquisition programmes to enable them serve the society.
They made the appeal during the International Day of Persons with Disabilities at Ugolo in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State.
The Empowerment for Global Disability Aid Initiative (EGDAI) converged the disabled persons to commemorate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities,
EGDAI celebrated the international day in collaboration with Centre for Peace and Environmental Justice (CEPEJ) and Shola Mese Foundation at the CEPEJ headquarters at Ugolo, in Okpe Local Government Area of the State.
Presenting a speach during the occasion, the president of Empowerment for Global Disability Aid Initiative, EGDAI, Dr. Kenneth Edun said, ”we are here to create opportunities for the disabled persons to live a comfortable live free of unnecessary stress.
”We are able and never disabled as we can work and contribute to the growth and development of the society if fully supported.
”We are encouraging you the physically challenged persons to stand strong and fight for your right and never let anyone look down on you.
Dr Kenneth said, “Being physically challenged does not mean you cannot attain any height in life. No excuse for you not to become great to play a major role in the society.
”For the year 2019, the theme is promoting the participation of Persons with Disabilities and their Leadership: taking action on the 2030 Development Agenda.
”This should inspire all physically challenged persons to aspire to be leaders in our society today.
He also said ” we believed, there is ability in disability. We are looking forward to partner with great organizations all over the world where there will be inclusiveness for persons with Disability”.
The vice president, EGDAI, Mr. Gilbert Afonughe, added that, ”PWD exist to inform the government to carry them along and give them access to ICT and other developmental programs as our aim is to create awareness for people to know about persons with Disability”
The Chairman, Centre for Peace and Environmental Justice, Dr. Godwin Orhadahwe also advised the PWD to always ”stay focus and never look down on your selves.
He encouraged them when he said, ”you are very important and EGDAI/CEPEJ will support you in any way we can.