Gombe: 500,000 PWDs cry out for consideration in elective posts
No fewer than 500,000 People With Disabilities (PWDs) in Gombe State have lamented their neglect in electoral processes and leadership selection.
Consequently, they have sought the face of the state Independent Electoral Commission (GSIEC) for due attention and consideration in the December 19 local council election.
The chairman, Joint Association of Physically Challenged Persons, Umar Ali Goro, who spoke, yesterday, at a training session on inclusivity for GSIEC, Women and the Physically Challenged Community, organised by the European Centre For Electoral Support (ECES), lamented that 425,872 of the entire Gombe’s 3.6 million population were not well treated at electoral sphere.
He said: “The state has 3.6 milion people; 114 counsellors; 11 council chairmen; 11 vice chairmen and many commissioners, it’s a pity none is part of us.
“The state government too has not considered any of us for commissionership or permanent secretaries.”
Responding, the GSIEC boss, Prof. Shehu Awak, said: “I am only concerned with candidates presented by parties for election. I don’t have hands on their selection or emergence. That is the exclusive decision of political parties…”
He, however, pledged total support for anything that would ensure complete success of the council poll.