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The Deputy Governor of Cross River State, Rt. Hon. Peter Odey, recently welcomed a group of persons living with disabilities who paid him an unscheduled courtesy visit NEGROIDHAVEN has confirmed.

During the visit, the group sought inclusion in the distribution of political dividends. In response to their appeal and their request to disregard another group of disabled persons who had visited earlier, Rt. Hon. Odey assured them that the state would accommodate everyone. He emphasised that the time for politicking had passed, and now was the time for governance, where all individuals must be carried along. Hon. Odey encouraged the group to submit to him their own list, promising to present it to the Governor for consideration when it was time for appointments.

Speaking on behalf of the persons with disabilities, Dr. Job Napoleon highlighted the neglect they have faced despite the existence of laws protecting their rights. While congratulating the Deputy Governor on the APC’s victory in the last election, he emphasised the group’s visibility and hard work throughout the state during the elections. Dr. Napoleon appealed for the group not to be marginalised or stigmatised, but to be integrated into the system just like women, who now benefit from the 35% affirmative action.

He commended the current administration for its compassionate approach and acknowledged the Deputy Governor as a voice for persons living with disabilities. Dr. Napoleon called for the government’s attention to the National Disability Act of 2022, which provides certain benefits for persons with disabilities. He expressed optimism that the administration, led by Prince Otu, would establish a Commission as stipulated in the State Disability Law No. 11 of 2021. Dr. Napoleon assured the group’s support in the upcoming elections while distancing himself from another group.

The State Chairman of the group and member of the State Special Leader of the APC, Hon. Livinus Ebingha, also expressed gratitude to the Deputy Governor for his accessibility and for accommodating them despite their lack of a prior appointment.


Fred Abua, Esq is the Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor