Abia State Government has distributed artificial limbs to 140 amputees under its second phase “Amputees must work” programme.
The programme, a collaboration between Tolaram Charity Foundation, an Indian Nigerian based organization and HannahMay Foundation, a pet-project of the wife of Abia state governor committed to enhancing the welfare of the less privileged in the state.
Speaking after observing the production and fixing of the artificial limbs on the amputees, Lady Orji said that the aim was to enhance the mobility of the amputees and help them fend for themselves.
She stated that deformity in the leg or hand was a serious handicap on the life of the victim due to its tendencies to hinder the person from living a normal life but depend on other people in doing even basic things for him/herself.
The wife of the governor said that the success of empowering more than 500 amputees with artificial limbs in the last five months were an eloquent testimony of the commitment of Gov. T. A. Orji ensuring that every class of the people in the state benefit from his government democracy Amputeedividends.
Lady Orji who also presented “Plagues of Honour” to some officials of the organization in appreciation of their selfless services to humanity commended the charity work the Tolaram Charity has been doing in providing free artificial limbs to amputees and assured them that the Abia State is willing to host them again due to its commitement to ensure that there would be no amputee in the State without artificial limbs.
She further commended their zeal and patriotism in carrying out their activities and promised that she would contact other Governors’ wives about their programme with a view of visiting other States to provide their amputees with artificial limbs.
The facilitator of the programme, Mr Chukwuma Agomuo thanked the wife of the governor and the state for making him proud following the conducive environment, security and hospitality to the group.
Mr Agomuo said that Abia was the first State in the south-East to be visited by the organization and recalled all his efforts against all odds to ensure that the team comes to the State and commended Lady Orji for making it possible.
The leader of the delegation, Mr. Jai Parkas said that 140 amputees were given artificial limbs during this second phase and that some of the beneficiaries came from Akwa Ibom and Imo states.
Mr. Parkas while commending the wife of the governor for her interest in bettering the welfare of amputees and other disabled persons solicited her co-operation for the organization to visit other States and carry other humanitarian services of providing artificial limbs to amputees.