Touched by the plight of the blind and partially sighted persons, the Imo State governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha has promised to establish a special school for the blind in the state before the end of May 2014.
Governor Okorocha stated this while interacting with members of the Nigeria Association opf the Blind, Imo State chapter at the government House, Owerri.
The state governor who promised to provide education and employment opportunities to ameliorate the sufferings of the group, assured that his administration would continually consider the welfare of the physically challenged persons to give them a sense of belonging.
He also promised an upward review of their bursary for those in the institutions of learning and further made financial support to enable the association sponsor her on-coming zonal conference holding in Imo State.
The state chairman of the association, Mr Clinton Chinonyerem Amaechi had appealed to the governor to address some of their pressing needs which include regular payment of their bursaries, employment opportunities to their members and giving them a voice in government through political appointments.
He pointed out that the United Nations convention on the rights of Persons with disabilities calls for practical and positive approach to the issues raised and urged people in authority to grant equal opportunities to the physically challenged persons.
Mr Amaechi thanked governor Okorocha for his concern for the group and assured him of their support to the rescue Mission administration in Imo State.