Governor Willie Obiano has inaugurated a ten-member board of Anambra State Disability Rights Commission.
He performed the function at the Executive Chambers, Government House, Awka.
Government House Correspondent Ejike Abana, reports that Mr Chuks Ezewuzie a lawyer, will serve as its chairman while Chinenye Okeke is the Board Secretary.
Eight other members of the board include, Comrade Ugochukwu Okeke, Mrs Anthonia Obianyo, Mrs. Victoria Okonkwo, Mr. Tony Oli, Bishop Moses Ezedebego, Dr. Pat Okeke, Mrs. Eucharia Anekwe and Mr. William Umeh.
Inaugurating the board, Governor Obiano congratulated members on their appointment which he said, is a demonstration of his confidence in their integrity, intellectual abilities and competence to contribute to the mandate of the establishment.
He called on them to generate effective policies that will boost the government’s commitment to effective protection of the rights of members of the Disability Community.
The Governor said that they are however, required to put in their best in giving policy direction to the management of the Commission.
The Secretary to the Anambra State Government, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu who recalled that the Disability Rights Commission was established by law and passed in 2018, stated that since the governor took over the reigns of power, he has recorded strides at the Nteje mental institution, rehabilitation of the center at Isulo, employment of over four hundred qualified persons in the state civil service, appointment of three persons as permanent secretaries from the disability community, among others.
Professor Chukwulobelu emphasized that the Governor is committed to the welfare of Ndi Anambra through protection, inclusion and empowerment, pointing out that the inauguration will ensure that the strides are maintained and surpassed.
In a vote of thanks, the chairman of the board, Mr Ezewuzie who is also the Special Adviser to the Governor on Disability Matters, expressed delight that they were found worthy of the appointment, pledging to fulfill mandate given to them.
While stating that the inauguration is a consolidation of their eight years of commitment to the disability community, he expressed optimism that people from other states will soon start coming to emulate the Anambra formular for people living with disability.
In attendance were members of the state executive council and a good number of members of the Disability Community.
A minute silence was observed for the visually impaired Mmaduabuchi Nnofu who was murdered by his brother Onyedika at Ekwulobia.
The maiden board has a term of four-years.