The Senior Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Physically Chanelleged matters, Ikekena Altraide, has called on the Chairmen of the 23 local government councils in the state to appoint a Special Assistant on Disability matters in their offices.
A Press Release dated Friday 24th August 2018 and signed by Altraide, said the move is in a bid to enforce the Rivers State Persons With Disability Welfare (Enhancement) Act.
It said, “all local government chairmen are kindly requested to comply with the office mandates to include persons with disability socio-politically and economically in their respective administration and to appoint Special Assistant on Disability Matters”.
It explained that the step is anticipated to give persons with disability a sense of inclusion in governance and other mainstream activities.
It further called on the council chairmen to encourage eligible voters with disability in their respective LGA to register with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and collect their PVCs.
The release appealed to corporate establishments and faith based organisations to also include persons with disability in their corporate social responsibility expenditures in the spirit of development and humanity.
Mr. Altraide disclosed that his office has distributed free membership/Database forms in the offices of the 23 local government chairmen in the state and mandated those with disability to fill the forms and return back to the chairmen.
He assured that his office would make desired efforts towards fostering the enabling environment through sustainable partnerships and interventionist programmes for the purpose of enforcing the Rivers State Persons With Disability Welfare Act.
The SSA to the Governor warned Persons With disability to desist from allowing themselves to be used to harass or disturb corporate organisations, government establishments and public peace without written approval of his office or be prepared to face criminal prosecution.