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PLWD in Adamawa protest non inclusion, govt’s insensitivity

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Angered by what they called “government’s insensitivity, rejection and marginalization”, hundreds of People Living with Disability (PLWD), under the aegis of Association of Persons Living With Disability (APLWD) have today staged a peaceful protest in Yola calling for redress.

The association has last week accused the state government of deceit saying that after helping Fintiri to win election in 2019, his government left them in the lurch.

Chairman of the association, Eng Sani Sabo said, members of the association have worked in favour of the government following the mouth watering promises it made to them in the build up to the general election last year but noted with regret that the governor consistently refused to even meet with them let alone give them any political appointment.

The association then gave the state government a seven day ultimatum to redress the anomaly or face their wrath.

While addressing the Chief of Staff, Adamawa State government house Yola, Professor Maxwell Gidado who was at hand to receive the protesters at government house Yola, Sabo said their resolve to stage peaceful protest followed the expiration of the seven day ultimatum they earlier issued the government.

Expressing the disappointment of his group, the chairman said the government has breached an agreement it reached with his members to carry them along for the support they rendered it in the run up to the election.

Responding, Gidado urged the protesters to exercise patience over their demand for inclusion in governance.

He commended them for conducting themselves peacefully with a promise that the governor would see them in January 2021.

“This is the end of the year, the governor is fully engaged with a lot of activities that need his attention.

“But we promise to formally see your executives, because of COVID-19 protocol we cannot see you all”, he said.

He acknowledged their contributions towards the electoral victory of the incumbent administration, promising that the government will not disappoint them.

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