Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Why I Distributed Artificial Limb - Abia First Lady

Umuahia — The wife of Abia state governor Lady Mercy Odorchi Orji yesterday gave reasons why her office embarked on the free distribution of artificial limbs to over 300 amputees in the state.

Lady Orji explained that the policy is aimed at assisting amputees across the 17 local government achieve healthy living as well as contribute meaningfully to socio-economic activities in the state.

According to Lady Orji, "The physically challenged persons can now explore opportunities open to them to attain the height ordained by God as well as unravel their unexplored potentials."

She however condemned the ideal where some physically challenged persons engage in various destitute acts that portray them in bad light.

In an interview with the coordinator Toleram charity foundation, Mr. Bidian Jaiprakash revealed that the artificial limbs were distributed free of charge in partnership with the office of the Abia state first lady.

He pointed out that the artificial limbs were capable of lasting over two years if properly managed by beneficiaries.

Speaking with Daily Trust a beneficiary Chief Abbas Irima from Uturu, Isukwuator pointed out that with the artificial limbs he could now live a normal live as well as assist in domestic works.

He however, commended Lady Orji for all her humanitarian gestures to the less privileges' in the state.

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