The group identified itself as The Joint National Association of People With Disabilities, Bayelsa State Chapter has shutdown the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC axis of the ever busy Aba Road in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, South-South, Nigeria, paralyzing vehicular movements, resulting to a heavy traffic gridlock in the State Capital.
According to the group, the action is due to the total neglect of persons with disabilities by the NDDC and other agencies of government in the country.
Speaking to newsmen in Port Harcourt, they said, the Physically Challenged persons in Bayelsa State has repeatedly written to the NDDC head office in Port Harcourt, notifying it of the upcoming National Disability Day Celebration on 3rd December with a demand of N7m,
Guiding chains for the blind,
Hearing aides for the deaf, among other things, which the commission has refused to acknowledged.
Over 400 Physically Challenged persons from Bayelsa State are presently on ground since Yesterday and has effectively shutdown the entire office of the commission and its adjourning roads, preventing passage of vehicles.
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As at writing this report, the management of the commission’s board is meeting with the leadership of the group in the conference room of the office building while the entire Aba Road within the office is still locked down.
The position of the group is clear;
Until the commission respond to their demands, its office and all adjourning roads remain closed.
Source; Isedirikonghen Ebi. Alhaji.