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Sokoto Celebrates World Disability Day

- As Tambuwal signs disabilities bill into law

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Musa Na Allah Sokoto

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State has signed into law a bill passed by the state on discrimination against persons living with Disability.

The Special Adviser to Governor Àminu Waziri Tambuwal on disabled matters represented by Alhaji  Sani Doki disclosed this at a celebration to mark this year’s special day for persons living with disability in Sokoto.

He said the bill has a set five percent provision to persons living with the Disability in any proposed Government in the state, adding that the bill spelled in clear terms that it’s an offense to discriminate against any person or persons living with disability in the state.

This year’s day with the theme: “Transformative Solution for Inclusive Development” was observed in collaboration with Super8 Empowerment Initiative a nongovernmental organization under the leadership of Hajiya Hindatu Sa’idu Umar Ubandoma, wife of the Sokoto state PDP Gubernatorial candidate Malam Sa’idu Umar Ubandoma.

The United Nations set the day, December 3rd as a day to celebrate persons living with disability worldwide and to fight any form of discrimination against them.

Speaking during the celebration held at Sultan Maccudo Institute for Qur’an and General studies, Hajiya Hindatu Saidu Umar   Ubandoma said, if her husband is given the mandate to govern the state in 2023, the socio-economic status of persons living with disability in Sokoto state would be changed for the better.

She called on them to see their disability as a will of Allah, adding God in his wisdom could decide to change the life of human beings into any form,  the way he so wish, with or without sickness.

The first lady hopeful, pledged to convey the disabled message of good hope and support to her husband Malam Sa’idu Umar Ubandoma, saying that her husband is very much aware and concerned about their predicaments and hopes to change the narrative if cliche the Governorship seat comes 2023.

In his goodwill message at the occasion, the state Chairman of the Association for the blind Alhaji Àminu Zoramawa urged Sokoto state Government to see to the payment of the 6000 Naira monthly incentive to persons living with disability in the state which accumulated to six months now.

He said disabled persons in the state are solely behind the PDP and its Gubernatorial candidate in the forthcoming 2023 general elections, but expressed concern over non-payment of their monthly incentives by the state government.

Also speaking the state Chairman of the persons with leprosy Association Alhaji Rabo Binji commended PDP led administration in the state for doing so much for members of his Association.

He said recently the state government facilitated a journey to the federal capital territory Abuja to attend the National Executive meeting of the Association in which many issues pertaining to improving the welfare of members of the Association were deliberated.

In remarks, Hajiya Zainab Sa’idu Abdulnasir said she contacted Poliomyelitis when she was one year old and became crippled, but with determination and courage she was able to go to school and is a graduate working with the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA)

She advised members of the Association with a similar challenge not to relent in the pursuit of their desired goals in life. “Pls go to school and learn skills that will make you self-reliant”. Says Zainab.

Hajiya Zainab is currently the Assistant Director news of at the Sokoto network center of the NTA, she does not mind her disability when it comes to her official responsibilities.

The State Chairman Albino Association Malam Abba Galadima called on the government to assist Albinos in the state with Oil or cream to protect their skin against the excessive heat of the Sun and Harmattan.

He said that coupled with the Harmattan period and the excessive heat of the Sun, the Skin of the Albinos  became dry and made them uncomfortable and unbearable

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