No fewer than Eight hundred physically challenged citizens of Anambra state under the aegis of the Association for Comprehensive Empowerment of Nigerians with Disability(ASCEND), have been presented with various types of mobility, hearing and visual aids by the governorship candidate of the Labour Party in the just concluded Anambra state governorship election, Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah.
The aids that included 50 American-built customized motorized tricycles, wheelchairs, guide chains, Braille wristwatches, computers for the blind, telephones for the deaf and assorted other aids, according to Dr Ubah was promised them few weeks ago.
The governorship candidate who made the presentation alongside his running mate, Dr Emeka Eze, members of his campaign Organisation and executives of the Ifeanyi Ubah Foundation at the Finotel Hotel, Awka yesterday said he shares in their challenges and pains.
He promised to continue to assist them in order to improve their lives, those of their families and to strive to enthrone people-oriented government with human feelings in the state whenever opportunity presents itself.
Ubah disclosed that the materials was just the phase two of the programme and would be continuous, touching their children, wives and lives generally. He said he has passion for the less- privileged, the physically-challenged inclusive, especially when I see them happy.
He said the items cost very reasonable amount but was not ready to disclose as he did not embark own the programme looking at the cost. He encouraged governments at all levels to step up action on improving the lot of the less-privileged.
The national president of the group, Dr Cosmos Okoli described Ubah as the friend of the downtrodden, real masses in the society, needy and the neglected. He admitted that he has done so much for his members and has remained their beacon of hope. He wished the various governments, their agencies and officers, other affluent citizens and kind-hearted would emulate Dr Ubah.
He lamented other challenges facing them including employment discrimination even for qualified members, in accessibility of the society, lack of accessibility to public and private buildings, mobility restrictions, and societal discriminations.