The Enugu State Executive Council says it approves the automatic employment of 50 graduates living with disabilities in line with the United Nations Convention on nondiscrimination against such persons.
The State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Ogbuagu Anikwe, disclosed this on Saturday in Enugu while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the council meeting held on Friday evening.
Anikwe said that the approval followed after 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,’’ he said.
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 the first batch. “Other actions will be taken to show that the state is responsive and treats all citizens equally,’’ Mr. Anikwe said.
Anikwe said that the beneficiaries would be employed in their areas of specialization in the various government ministries and departments.
“This is one of the things the United Nations and other international organizations advocate for, and Nigeria is a signatory to such nondiscrimination conventions."
“So Enugu State is just complying and will not discriminate against people on the basis of physical 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.