Daily Trust (Abuja)

5 February 2013

Nigeria: Abia First Lady Sustains Support for Physically Challenged Persons

Umuahia — The wife of the Abia state governor, Lady Mercy Odorchi Orji has vowed to sustain the state government's welfare package to persons with disability to accord this group a sense of belonging in governance.

This assurance was confirmed recently in Umuahia when the National Association of physically challenged persons, NJAPCP received confectionaries from the state government in Umuahia.

While admonishing NJAPCP members in the state, Lady Orji noted, "the present administration in the state has not left behind persons with disabilities as it has continued to key them into various welfare scheme of government."

Lady Orji however appealed to them not to resign to fate but engage in productive venture that would make them self reliant and economically productive in the society.

In an interview with Daily Trust the president of the group in the state Mr. Stanley Chukwu pointed out that the good gesture of the Abia first lady has restored hope on the faces of less privileged persons as well as given them a sense of belonging in the scheme of things in the state.

Daily Trust observed that Lady Orji was honored with an award of "mother of the disables in Abia."

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