From Umar Dankano Yola
The Adamawa state chapter of the Nigeria Deaf Association has expressed dismay over non inclusion of its qualified members into government workforce as employees.
State Chairman of the Association, Comrade Musa Matta made the position of group Known at the just concluded Annual Conference and International Week celebration for the deaf in Yola.
Matta, complained of government’s non-consideration of their qualified members for employment in the state.
Matta, said that the issue of employment among deaf citizens of the state was worrisome and called for urgent action to address the situation.
“Statistically, about 90 per cent of our members are without means of livelihood and government employment.
“Despite the determined effort by the deaf to improve their lots and contribute positively to the development of the state, we are relegated to a position worse than a second class citizens,” Matta said.
The chairman appealed to the government to repeal the disability bill and establish the disability rights commission to pave way for their employment.
Matta called on the state government to fully include sign language in all government television stations and other activities to promote public enlightenment among their members.
Earlier in his address at the 2017 Annual Conference on Tuesday Governor Muhammadu Bindow said his administration would include sing language in its activities for better understanding of government’s activities by deaf residents in the state.
Represented by the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Honourable Aliyu Tola said this during the 2017 Annual Conference and International Week of the Deaf celebrated in Yola.
Tola assured members of the National Association of Deaf Intellectuals, Adamawa Branch that the ministry would channel their complaint of employment negligence to the appropriate authority for redress.