Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State
By Jaiyeola Andrews
Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has unfolded plans to establish special schools for the physically-challenged persons in the state in order to give them a sense of belonging in the society.
The governor, who disclosed this in Lafia, the state capital weekend, while hosting a group of physically-challenged persons at the Ramadan breaking of fast, also enjoined Muslims to co-exist mutually with their Christian brothers and sisters with a view to uniting the country.
In a statement made available to THISDAY, the occasion drew the crippled, blind, deaf, lepers as well as other class of disabled persons who were accorded the chance to break the fast with the governor at the Government House.
The occasion, which is said to be the first of its kind in the state, afforded different will be replicated in subsequent fast period.
Appreciating them for honouring his invitation, Al-Makura said he would always keep a special place for the less-privileged, considering their status in the society.
He noted that he would sustain the gesture, because it was an avenue to give the disabled people a sense of belonging.
While urging them to always thank God and keep hope alive, the governor also told them to always ‘’believe that there is ability in disability.’’
Al-Makura used the forum to call on the people of the state to love and care for disabled persons in the society while assuring that his administration would always be responsive to their plight.