BY FRANCIS OKOYE
The Anambra State House of Assembly have been called upon to pass the Disability rights bill which has passed the 1st and 2nd reading and waiting for final reading to go the Governor for his signature.
Speaking at a breakfast media meeting organized by the Justice development and peace commission of Awka Catholic Diocese (JDPC) Lawrence Nwanolue told the media that they have been calling house to pass the bill to no avail, He pleaded with JDPC, media, NGO’s to step into the matter ‘if this bill is passed, person with disability are going to manage our self. Some things that government is doing e.g in the use of stair cases, public buildings need ramps, so wheel chairs can pass. We call on the house to pass the bill .lagos, Ogun. Abia have passed it. We call on Anambra state government to do more, anything they are doing, They should call on us to make input or they would do it wrongly or waste it. They should carry us Along?. Mr Nwanolue is the chairman, Joint National Association of person with Disabilities, Anambra chapter
Still speaking at the meeting, the Director, JDPC Awka Catholic Diocese, Rev Fr Simon Anigbogu said that JDPC and the media are partners and are supposed to call politicians to ask them how they keep campaign promises. He said we ensure we work together, and ensure that citizens hold their duty bearers to account for their stewardship?
He complained that the press has not been reporting JDPC Awka, but Mr Jude Atupuluazi, editor fides Newspaper Awka said that they have not been dealing with JDPC Awka.” The best thing is having started this, tell us your agenda, so we would follow it?”
Fr Simon was told by the media to outline his programme, then carry the press along, so they can report it, because before now, the media has not known most of his programme for JDPC Awka, if they are briefed, they would cooperate.
Mr. Victor Agusiobi of orient daily newspapers, Awka advised the JDPC Awka director to do a media mapping, who is who, can be used for what, map media and your programme, and find media that suits particular programmes, and get professionals who can do press release.
The Director concludes the meeting by telling the media ‘we know about some of these things, but financial constraints, we called on you to know possibility of achieving much with little costs. Media House will be there to give JDPC Awka visibility, whenever we call upon you, for you to come, we will appreciate how much you can help us in publicity?
In a vote of thanks, a member of JDPC Awka, Anaekwe Eucharia thanked all. She said Awka JDPC just over a year old, and has not handled any governance projects yet? Present at the Breakfast meeting include journalists from our Nation newspapers Onitsha, fides Newspapers Awka, New outlook Nnewi, ABS, NTA Awka, the Authority News papers, Awka, orient daily Newspapers Awka, Nigeria Politics magazine.com among many others.