By DUMAH RANDONG
PLATEAU State Government said it would continue to give priority attention to the physically challenged in the state in order to reduce their plight.
Governor Simon Bako Lalong stated this when the Country Director, Dynamic Prosthesis Orthotics, Deshi Zingak led a team of specialist in the manufacturing of artificial limbs from the United States on a courtesy call at Government House, Rayfield, Jos last Friday.
Governor Lalong said because of the importance his administration attached to the physically challenged, the state became the first to established the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) in the country.
Represented by his Deputy, Professor Sonni Tyoden, Lalong maintained that the creation of the Disability Rights Commission was a demonstration of the passion he has for the physically challenged in the society hence the need for an agency that would look after their plight.
He commended the Non-Governmental Organization for the partnership and noted that only God would pay them back for the humanitarian service.
The Governor how commended the organization for giving hope to the hopeless, adding that ordinarily without such gesture, some people would have been hopeless.
He described the job the organization was doing as that which require a lot of empathy stressing that nobody could quantify what they have done even in monetary terms and assured that special attention would continue to be accorded to this group of people in the state.
Earlier, Country Director, Dynamic Prosthesis Orthotics, Mr. Deshi Zingak had disclosed that over 600 amputees from across the country were in the state, some who have already been provided with artificial limbs for a one day conference organized in collaboration with Amputee Coalition of Nigeria to be able to provide a better life for them through the distribution of the prosthesis.
Zingak explained that the organization which has been in the country for 10 years, saw the need to give them a sense of belonging and to also let team know that there is in disability, adding that the reason for bringing them together was for them to share their experience which will also give them the impetus face life squarely.
He also disclosed that at the end of the conference, most of them would be provided with light functional limbs which were very expensive around N400 hundred thousand but for free.
He said in Plateau State alone, there were over ten thousand amputees and that the best way to assist many was to collaborate with the Amputee Coalition of Nigeria to be able to bring more people from across the country so they could also benefit. On his part, Founder and President Amputee Coalition of Nigeria, Barrister Florence Marcus while explaining with passion, said a lot of these people have potentials when harnessed that would go along way to contribute to the growth and development of the nation.
She advocated for more opportunities to be created for the amputees as well as give them access to these limbs, noting that the use of wood was very pathetic and emphasized that the issue of accessibility was a very big problem in this country.