Obiano Vows To Ensure Justice For Murdered Blind Man, Inaugurates Disability Commission


By John Ugo, Awka

Anambra state Governor, Chief Willie Obiano on Tuesday vowed to ensure justice prevails on the death of Mr Mmaduabuchi Nnofu, 47 year old blind man who was murdered by his sibling on January 30, 2022.

Obiano stated this during the inuguration of Anambra State Disability Rights Commission held at the Government House Awka on Tuesday.

He pointed out that the prime suspect has been arrested and is presently undergoing interrogation by the police.

Mmaduabuchi, until his sudden death was the coordinator of the Joint National Association of Persons with Disability (JONAPWD) in Aguata Local Government Area of the state.

He was gruesomely murdered and burnt beyond recognition allegedly by his younger brother, Mr Onyedika Nnofu, over a disputed family land.

The governor charged the association to collaborate with relevant ministries, parastatals or corporate bodies issuing codes and directions for structural design and building so as to make them accessible to and usable by persons living with disabilities.

“The functions of the commission are: implementing government policies in the law in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and all other disability matters; Issuance of guidelines for education, social development and welfare of persons living with disabilities.

“Issuance of direction and guidelines to special schools for persons living disabilities, and issuance of direction and guidelines on all manner of disabilities, preventive or curative exercises, and other functions as stipulated in section 12 (a-u) of Anambra State Disability Rights Law, 2018,” he said.

The commission is chaired by Barr. Chukwuka Ezewuzie; Barr. Chinenye Okeke – Secretary (Deputy Director representing Ministry of Justice); Comrade Ugochukwu Okeke representing JONAPWD State Chairman; Mrs Obianyo Anthonia – Director Rehab ( representing Ministry of Women and Children Affairs), and Miss Victoria Okonkwo – Unit Head Ministry of Basic Education ( representing Ministry of Education).

Others are Mr Tony Oli, representing Anambra State Sports Commission; Bishop Moses Ezedebego, representing Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN); Dr Lady Pat Okeke, representing Private Sector); Mrs Eucharia Anekwe – Director Gender Perspective and Social Development Centre (representing Civil Society Organisation focusing on Disability Issues); and Mr Williams Ndidika Umeh, a retired Director of Education and Former Head of Department ( HOD) Education and Social Development Local Government Service Commission.

Chairman of the Commission, Barr. Chukwuka Ezewuzie, who spoke on behalf of others thanked the governor for responding to the plights of the disability community through provision of employment, enactment of disability rights law, and others.


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