In keeping with its policy of supporting the weak and vulnerable, Governor Seriake Dickson has set up a committee headed by the State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development to authenticate the number of physically challenged people in the State.
According to a Government House statement, the move is aimed at properly establishing the real identities of the number of physically challenged persons in state, particularly the need to establish how many of them are Bayelsans, the local government and communities that they hail from and the families they belong to.
This is with a view to ensuring that they are properly captured within existing frameworks already established by Government through the setting up of a welfare scheme instituted to cater for the aged and vulnerable in our midst.
Accordingly, physically challenged persons in the state who must be indigenes of Bayelsa State will soon be called upon by the committee set up by Government to register their names and provide other relevant details to enable them benefit from Government support going forward.
This move by Government became expedient in line with current realities and the need to give those properly authenticated and recommended by the committee as genuine and deserving of government support a greater sense of belonging.
It stated that, while government remains committed to the restoration of the lost glory of the State, it warned the physically challenged to be law abiding, as Government will not tolerate any acts of lawlessness in any part of the State, stressing that, it will apply the full weight of the law on any individual or group that attempts to take the laws into its hands.
The statement further advised the physically challenged and other residents of the State not to allow themselves to be used by those who do not mean well for the state to cause a breakdown of law and order as well as create unnecessary disaffection amongst the people of the State.
It also called for the massive support, encouragement, understanding and prayers of the people to ensure that the programmes and policies of government do not suffer any setbacks.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State