2023 International White Cane Safety Day

Abia State Government Assures Visually Impaired Persons of Inclusiveness


Abia State government has assured visually impaired persons in the State that his administration would continue to give greater attention to them and ensure inclusiveness for those that are physically challenged.

  • The State Governor, Dr Alex Otti gave the assurance while addressing a group of visually impaired persons at Government House Umuahia as part of activities to commemorate the 2023 International White Cane Safety Day.

Governor Otti, represented by his Chief of Staff, Pastor Caleb Ajagba disclosed that the present administration is a sensitive and compassionate one, hence several agencies have been created to cater for the vulnerable groups and persons living with disabilities in the State.

The Governor while describing the theme of this year’s International White Cane Safety Day celebration, “Removing The Barriers That Impede The Rehabilitations And Total Independence Of Persons With Visual Impairment” as apt, also commended the First Lady of the State, Mrs Priscilla Otti and the Ministry of Women Affairs for their inputs and untiring efforts at ensuring the group continues to get her pride of place in the State.

Governor Otti, who said that his government is particular about the inclusiveness and rights of the physically challenged individuals. He encouraged them not to be deterred with their condition assuring that he would ensure their potentials are harnessed. He urged them to coorperate with all the agencies created for them.

Also speaking, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Vulnerable Groups and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs. Thomas Ifeoma and Special Assistant to the Governor on Persons with Disabilities, David Anyaele stressed the importance of the White Cane Safety Day celebration and the significance of the White Cane. They thanked the Wife of the Governor for presenting 100 White Canes to the blind community as requested.

Earlier, the State Chairman of the visually impaired persons, Mr. Isaac Williams explained that White Cane
represents a tool of independence, both in movement and identity for the blind person. adding that
it is only the blind that holds it and no other person should hold it, it helps the blind person navigate his way

He thanked Governor Otti for being the first Governor to sponsor the celebration in Abia and described the event as an o pportunity to educate the public about the challenges faced by individuals with visual impairments and ways to promote inclusion and accessibility in society.