The Kano State Government has distributed wheelchairs to not less than 220 disabled persons across the 44 local government areas of the state
The wheelchairs were donated by Beautiful Gates Handicapped People Centre, a nongovernmental humanitarian organization in Jos, plateau state, for onward distribution to the crippled in Kano to aid their movement.
Presenting the materials to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje at the government house in Kano, Mr Ayuba Burke of the Gates centre commended the governor for his efforts in fighting Poliomyelitis in the state saying ‘’if the past administrations had done the same polio, which is the common cause of paralysis would have been eradicated long ago’’.
He tasked the governor on ‘disabled friendly legislations’ to ensure that before he leaves office no resident of Kano state is crawling on the ground for whatever reason.
He noted that ‘’many among the people with disability are ‘able’ but are constrained for lack of means of mobility to go about contributing to the economic growth of the country’’.
Responding, Dr. Ganduje assured the physically challenged in the state that more wheelchairs will be given to them during the international day for physically challenged urging them to enroll for the skill acquisition programmes of the government to get empowered for their personal development.
‘’We are taking stock of those who are physically challenged that would require such vehicles. During the international day for the physically challenged we shall provide you with such facilities again.
‘’We urge you to enroll for our programme where we are training the physically challenged so that you can be productive for the improvement of yourself, your family and your relation.
‘’You are physically challenged, but we don’t want you to psychologically feel that you are challenged. We want you to feel that you are able persons because of the enabling environment that is being provided to you so that you enjoy your life like any other person in Kano state.
Some of the beneficiaries express appreciation to the governor and the donor organization for identifying with their ordeals.