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Blind graduates take over Imo Govt.House, demand for jobs, bursary

It was mild drama at the Imo state government house on Monday as the visually-impaired graduates and students from across the state took over the state government entrance gate protesting over non payment of bursay and employment for deserving members.

The group who started arriving the seat of government in Owerri earlier on Monday blocked access while refusing entreaties by securitymen on duty to vacate but,they maintained that until the perceived marginalization of the group is addressed by governor Rochas Okorocha-led administration.

Aside stating that the state government treats them like strangers, they carried placards with different inscriptions depicting their grievances and demanded for an end to their abandonment by the same government

The group came under the barner of Nigerian Association of the Blind, Imo State chapter, vowed never to leave until the governor comes out to address them including fulfillment of promises made and release of 7 years accumulated subvention arrears owed them.

The security men had challenging time as they battle to control porters and open the road for public uses.

According to the Chairman of the association, Christopher Kalu, he frowned at the attitude of the state government and her continued failue to building a special school for the blind promised the association seven years ago.

Hear him: “We visited the governor in December last year to remind him of his promise, but we found out that the commissioners are not helping matters because several efforts to get the governor to implement his promise through his commissioners are not yielding fruits.

“In January this year, we sent a warning note that if we come to the government house as a group on protest, we will not leave until our demands are met.

“Now we are here. We will not leave until our demands are met. We are demanding a sum of less than N4.5m. We are demanding that our graduates should be given job opportunities in our own state. We are not demanding too much.”

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