PWDs adopt Bello as role model
People Living with Disabilities (PWDs) have singled out Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State as a role model in Nigeria in the area of inclusion of PWDs in governance.
Top professionals and world-acclaimed disabilities advocates, who spoke when the PWDs gathered for a talkshop on their participation in 2023 politics, pledged their support for Bello, saying “we will support those who support us.”
They said the Kogi governor towered well above others in providing sustainable livelihoods for PWDs and offering them leadership appointments, even outside disabilities-related positions.
With the theme, ‘PWDs, Politics, Power and Powerlessness, the seminar was organised by the Centre for Ability Rehabilitation and Empowerment (CARE), in collaboration with The Ray of Hope Foundation.
The Chief Responsibility Officer, CARE, Dr. Chike Okogwu, who gave the keynote address, commended the Kogi governor for not only domesticating the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act, but also towering high above his colleagues in showcasing the raw abilities of PWDs to succeed and make differences in any assignment they are saddled with.
He said Bello appointed more PWDs into public offices than any other state governor in Nigeria and urged other politicians to emulate him.