In response to accusations that his administration has ignored the needs of individuals with disabilities, Chukwuma Soludo, governor of Anambra State, has issued a statement of denial.
Mrs. Uche Ajuluchukwu, the former Nigerian High Commissioner to South Africa, accused Soludo of “never budgeting a dime for the disability Commission in the state” since he took office earlier this week.
While praising its members who have recently won sports events, the Disability Commission noted that the administration under Soludo seems to have forgotten about them.
Soludo issued a response through his press secretary, Mr. Christian Aburime, denying the allegations and calling them baseless.
In response, Aburime stated, “It is really regrettable that Mrs Ajuluchukwu has decided to falsify the truth regarding Governor Chukwuma Charles Soludo’s dedication to inclusivity and empowerment for all its citizens, including Persons With Disabilities (PWDs).
Her accusations against Governor Soludo’s office are baseless and unfounded. You could chalk up her comments if there was no hidden agenda to her words.
According to Aburime, Governor Soludo’s government has done a lot to improve the lives of people with disabilities in the state and give them more agency, notwithstanding what Ajuluchukwu asserts.
Mrs. Ajuluckwwu has obviously not taken the effort to learn about the government’s programs before making such unfounded claims.
According to the office of the Commissioner for Women and Social Welfare in Anambra State, “about twelve vulnerable NGOs and associations in the state have been empowered by the state government.”
The state government initiated the empowerment program to help the state’s crippled, blind, deaf, and dumb residents, as well as children with special needs. “The interventions are designed to improve PWDs’ quality of life and access to resources,” he explained.
He also said that while the Soludo government is open to constructive criticism, it should be based on facts rather than hearsay.
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