Anambra Deputy Governor Okeke Reassures Persons With Disabilities Of Equity, Fairness


Persons with disabilities have been assured of sound education, equal recognition and treatment with other citizens.

The Deputy Governor, Dr Nkem Okeke, gave the assurance during an autism awareness programme held at the Professor Kenneth Dike e-Library, Awka, to mark the Annual World Autism Day celebrated in the month of April.


Correspondent, Ogochukwu Okeke, reports that the seminar, aimed at creating awareness on the need to educate, enlighten as well as recognize autistic persons in the society, was organised by the State Ministries of Education, Women’s Affairs and Health.


The event was well attended by dignitaries, parents, and the autistic persons .


While addressing dignitaries at the event, Dr Okeke, represented by the Senior Special Assiatant to the Governor on General Duties, Dr Charles Nwufo, commended Governor Obiano for his sustained interest in the physically challenged and encouraged the disabled to accept their situation and trust God in all things as He knows the best.


He made it clear that physically challenged persons are human beings and should be treated with love and care.


Also addressing the gathering, an Educationist, Dr Mrs Vero Okechukwu, said that education is the bedrock of development, while the environment equips one for better living, and encouraged the participants to always show love to the disabled, as according to her, there is ability in disability.


In their separate speeches, the Principal Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Willie Nwokoye, and Managing Director of Anambra Broadcasting Service, Awka, ABS, Nze Uche Nworah, commended the organizers for making the event a success, urging them to do more.


Speaking to ABS shortly after the event, the host and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Special Education, Mrs Ify Enekwechi, described autism as a bio- neurological disorder that is observable in early childhood with symptoms of abnormal self-absorption, characterized by lack of response to other humans and by limited ability or disinclination to communicate and socialize, advising parents to help bring out children with such challenge to learn for a better tomorrow.


In their presentation, the Proprietor, Peace Therapeutic Special Schools, Onitsha, Mrs Prisca Nathaniel, and a Psychologist, Mrs Nmasinachi Umeh, enumerated fall during pregnancy and malnutrition as some of the causes of autism, which usually develops from pre-natal and post-natal period, noting that for one to confirm autism, certain tests must be conducted on the brain.


Dance by the physically challenged persons formed highlight of the event.


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