As part of the ongoing 16 Days Activism Against Gender-Based Violence which is an International campaign to challenge violence against women and girls, the Special Assistant to the Governor of Cross River State on Gender and Development; Miss Blessing Ekpo has today celebrated with Persons With Disabilities and donated items to the Nka Mbon Mkpo-Nnam Efik Eburutu Association, Calabar South Chapter.
This year’s celebration which is themed; “Building Back Better: towards a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable Post Covid:19 World” is a reflection of the growing understanding that disability is part of human condition hence, the need to mobilize and promote the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.
While speaking at the event which held at Calabar South, Miss Ekpo lauded the First Lady, Dr Mrs Linda Ayade for an all inclusive leadership Style. Miss Ekpo averred that; “the government has the welfare of persons with disabilities at heart, as this is the platform through which she is able to actualize this project”.
The Chairman of the Association of persons with disabilities Calabar South, Mr Prosper Effiong Okon lauded the SA for remembering and reaching out to them on such an important day and occasion. Furthermore, Mr Effiong appealed for the implementation of the Commission for disabled persons as well as quick response to the increasing cases of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence ravaging the disabled due to their vulnerabilities.
Reacting to this, Miss Ekpo assured that structures and modalities have been put in place to ensure that disabled persons have access to absolute security, healthcare, employment opportunities, education and participation in various life endeavours.
She stated further that the onus is on everyone and called for all hands to be on deck at different levels and capacities to join in the actualization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which is to “leave no one behind”- the disabled persons inclusive.
High point of the event was the donation of a wheelchair and other valuable items by the SA, Miss Blessing Ekpo to persons with disabilities.