A total of 20 persons with different physical disabilities in Gombe State, Nigeria have been employed into different grade levels of the State Civil Service. Presenting the letters of employment at a ceremony at the Blind People’s Workshop in Gombe, the Head of the Gombe State Civil Service, Mr. Eli Meller Akeme, promised that more disabled persons would be offered such employment opportunities in the nearest future.
According to him, the 20 disabled persons were employed based on a recommendation from the State Ministry of Women Affairs last year which was included in this year’s state budget. He promised that when another list is presented this year, it would be considered for next year’s budget, adding that it would be an ongoing programme since there are many qualified disabled candidates who possess professional certificates in the state.
On the request for free education for people living with disabilities especially in tertiary institutions in the state, the Head of Service promised to forward the request to the State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo.