Access Bank, US Consulate celebrate PWDs


Access bank new logoAccess Bank in conjunction with the US Consulate and Hacey Health Initiative have empowered Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) for their heroic resilience and fighting spirit despite many odds.

It was at the commemoration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), which held at the corporate headquarters of the bank in Victoria Island.

The Group Head, Corporate Communications/External Affairs of Access Bank, Amaechi Okobi, said PWDs deserve commendation and support from the larger society.

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He said with almost 10million PWDs in the nation, there was a need for their inclusivity in the larger society.

This, he said, “will bolster efforts of the Nigerian government and key stakeholders in improving the health, empowerment and right of persons living with disability.”

The Communications Head of US Consulate, Dehab Gehbreab, said PWDs do not need sympathy but support to flourish in their endeavours.

She called for change of attitude towards PWDs, saying they need the support of all to succeed with their projects.

She urged Nigeria to always showcase their exploits and achievements to encourage others not to capitalise on physical disabilities to take to begging.

The real disability, according to her, is in the mind and not in physical organs.

The Project Director of Hacey Health Initiative, Isaiah Owolabi, called on government and key stakeholders to consider ways of relieving the stress PWDs in daily living.

He said they are bona fide citizens with rights, stating that they have much to contribute to the socio-economic development of the nation if given a chance.

“PWDs are endowed. They are not helpless or useless. They have brains with ideas that will transform the society.

“All we need is to support them and not look down on them for any reason at all,” Owolabi counseled.

A PWD, Damilola Akintade, said they deserve all the support of stakeholders for inclusivity in the wider society.

He lamented that many were being forced into begging because of negligence and lack of support.

The session featured No Boundaries, a documentary on the exploits of four PWDs dubbed heroes for their extraordinary feats despite physical limitations.thenation.