…Inaugurates New Local Govt Exco
By Ukamaka Ometa
The Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD), Njikoka L.G.A, has concluded plans to set up a Nylon Plant Industry that will create major employment opportunities for its members, (deaf, dumb, blind and Lame) as well as other unemployed youths in general.
The Association which has their motto as “ability in disability,” on Wednesday, 7th November, 2018, organized a skill exhibition and fund raising event at the Local Government Secretariat, Abagana, Anambra State. The event attracted political leaders, traditional rulers, as well as students from special secondary schools for the disabled.
The event was held in a quest to kick off the aforementioned proposed project and also inaugurate new local government executives for the association.
JONAPWD, as an association, has been in existence in the state since 2001, with the Njikoka Local Government Chapter, formed in 2014. It comprises towns like Abagana, Enugwu-Ukwu, Nimo, Abba, Enugwu-Agidi and Nawfia.
The Anambra State Chairman of JONAPWD, Comrade Ugochukwu Okeke, in his speech thanked the spiritual director, Fr. Paul Chimezie, for his unalloyed support. He also thanked the Igwe of Abagana for gracing the occasion.
Mr. Okeke noted that the aim of the programme was to create awareness because some physically challenged lost hopes to succeed in a competitive world. He went further to say that the government was making efforts to ensure that the physically challenged people participated in every aspect of human development, and noted that about 65 graduates living with disabilities had been employed by the Anambra State Government with some occupying special positions.
He said that his own disability helped him to realize his potentials in life and had taken him to positive heights, even as he encouraged them to put more effort in piloting the affairs of the association, adding that members should utilize every good opportunity to conquer any form of dependency.
In her welcome address, the chairperson of JONAPWD, Njikoka chapter, Mrs. Ekene Benedict Oli, said the purpose for organizing the programme was to create awareness to the general public about the association, and solicit for funds from the government and other well-meaning individuals to help raise the 10 million naira budget for the Nylon Project. She said it would create employment opportunities and also generate revenue to cater for the disabled.
She urged people to register anyone with disability, assuring them of proper training and skills.
Speaker after speaker, which included the Spiritual Director of the Association, Rev. Fr. Paul Chimezie, thanked Igwe Patrick Mbamalu Okeke and all the government officials present for honoring the invitation, just as he commended the association for their speedy growth in just a few years, as well as the passion they had to ensure the eradication of street begging.
Highlight of the occasion was product exhibition by students of God's Care Special Education School and some members of JONAPWD. The products included; disinfectant, petroleum jelly, hats, bags, among others.