From Umar Dankano,Yola
The Adamawa state Association of Persons Living With Disability (PLWD) has issued a seven(7) day ultimatum to Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri’s led government to accord its members constitutional recognition.
Chairman of the Association,Engineer Sani Sabo disclosed the development in a press statement issued in Yola on Tuesday, lamenting that the government has been discriminating members of his union in the schemes of things.
In the statement, the Association threatened to stage a massive protest against the government if the seven days ultimatum expired on the 22nd December and situation persists.
“The present day government has been marginalising people with disability in the state and all efforts to get the issue regularized fell into deaf ears”, the Association alleged.
He noted that his organization has been making futile efforts to smoothen the rough edges since June 19, 2020 but the government has remained adamant to their demands and concerns.
They noted that the governor’s consistent refusal to give them the necessary recognition was in contravention of Nigeria’s constitution which abhors any form of maltreatment or discrimination against PLWD.
“We wish to state that we have been discriminated against by your government and treated as non-citizens in contravention of section 42 (2) of the constitution Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999.
“As member of this group, we accord the government every recognition as citizen of this country Section 16(2) of constitution (FRN) 1999 recognizes our existence as citizens.
“No wonder the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency President Mohammed Buhari appointed a person with disability as special; adviser on disable matters and went further to give the disable right act the force of law thereby establishing disable right commission with the appointment of person with disability as board members,” the statement said.
The group vowed to take any action that will compel the government to listen to them if within seven days if they fail to give them audience and due recognition.
“We wish to reiterate that 7 days from today if the government of Adamawa State fails to give us audience as citizens, we will take all the necessary measures require as enshrine in the constitution of our discrepancies in accordance with section 40 of the constitution Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999,” the statement said.
Reacting to the allegation, the press secretary to Governor Fintiri, Humwashi Wonosikou said the government has all along been carrying PLWD along, noting that it has given them palliatives through the office of the SSG, governor’s wife office and ministry of women affairs.