The Enugu state government has approved the automatic employment of 50 graduates living with disabilities.
Ogbuagu Anikwe, the state commissioner for information, disclosed this on Saturday in Enugu. Anikkwe said this is in line with United Nations Convention on non discrimination against such persons.
He noted that the approval followed council’s deliberation on a letter of employment appeal from a league of visually impaired graduate applicants.
“The council received a letter of appeal from unemployed visually impaired graduates, who are indigenes of the state.
“They wrote to the governor and passionately appealing to be employed.
“After the consideration of the letter, the council decided that all physically challenged graduates who are indigenes deserved to be employed just as their other peers.’’
The commissioner said that with the approval, graduates with all manner of challenges or impairment would benefit from the gesture.
“The government has decided to give automatic employment to 50 of such challenged individuals from the state, as first batch.
“Other actions will be taken to show that the state is responsive and treats all citizens equally,’’ he said.
Anikwe said that the beneficiaries would be employed in their areas of specialisation in the various government ministries and departments.
“This is one of the things the United Nations and other international organisations advocate for and Nigeria is a signatory to such non-discrimination conventions.
“So Enugu State is just complying and will not discriminate against people on the basis of physically challenges or impairment,” he said.
According to him, the disables must not be discriminated against when they are employed to work in all ministries, agencies and government departments.