Governor Tanko Almakura of Nasarawa State just broke a jinx for people living with disabilities.
Tanko said his plan is to build an inclusive society in the state by giving those living with disabilities a sense of belonging.
To put true his words, the Governor appointed a blind person, Hon. Liman Yunusa Usman as a Councillor.
Hon. Liman is representing the governor’s ward of Gayam in Lafia LGA in the recently constituted interim management committees for local councils.
Hon. Liman was a notable beggar in the streets of Lafia, Nasarawa State.
He spent 25 years on the streets asking for alms.
Defending his action, Tank said the disabled have been stigmatized by both government and the public in policy formulations.
“I was on the streets begging for more than 25 years before my appointment as councilor by Governor Al-makura.
“This shows that this government is ours; we the people living with disabilities.
“Through proceeds from street begging, I applied for my degree program in Federal University of Lafia.
“We can perform even better than the physically fit,” Usman said.
“I have contested for councillorship position in 2007, 2009 and 2015.
“I was denied the chance despite the support I enjoyed from my people, Usman said.”
He however lost in the three contests.
Hon. Liman is a diehard supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Tanko.
Reacting to the appointment, the chairman of Lafia LGA, Hon. Suleiman Wambai said “We are all inspired by the gigantic strides made by Governor Almakura.
“He gives every citizen of the state a sense of belonging.
“We at the third tier of government in the state have concluded plans to step it down in our various local governments.