A former member of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Dr. Victoria Nyeche, has commended the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for recognizing the importance of physically -challenged in the society.
Nyeche gave the commendation yesterday when leaders of the physically -challenged persons in Rivers State visited her in her residence in Port Harcourt.
She said: “There is the need to carry everybody along; nobody should be left behind. Every public structure should have access for everyone. The fact that you are physically-challenged does not mean you should die.
“The need for inclusiveness has been recognized by the APC. That you are physically-challenged does not mean you are mentally-challenged. There is the need to increase awareness about the physically-challenged.”
Nyeche stated that in 2012, she sponsored a private member bill in the Rivers State House of Assembly, on the welfare of the physically-challenged persons, which was passed and signed into law by then Governor Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi.
Earlier in his speech, leader of the delegation and APC Special Leader, Dr. Enyinda Chike, said they came to inform the former lawmaker of an up coming international event for people with special needs.
Chike said the leadership of APC in the state will be part of the event, saying the the physically-challenged community make up of 20 percent of the country’s voting population.