Gombe State Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has again restated his administration commitment to the welbeing of persons living with disability in the state.
The Governor stated this through the Secretary to the state government Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi when he played host to Maryam Umar an SS 3 student of Jewel Academy Gombe who is without both arms but does virtually every human activity using her feet.
Professor Njodi reveals that his interaction with Maryam followed a correspondence with Governor Inuwa Yahaya who immediately directed that Maryam Umar and her family be invited so that challenges affecting her educational pursuit can determine address.
He commended the family of Maryam for supporting her determination to acquire knowledge despite her condition assuring them that the government will do everything possible to support her education through a comprehensive scholarship program that will see her through tertiary institution.
The SSG commended Mr Abdon Ali Balanga a retired Information officer who took it upon himself to seek support for Maryam in the last seven years to ensure that she remains in school.
The Commissioners of Science, Technology and Innovation,Youth and Sports Development and that of Women Affairs offered to pay for Maryam’s examination fees and encouraged her to remain resolute in her educational pursuit.
They lauded her doggedness and humility to set goals for herself and not allowing her deformity to discourage her in any way.
In remark Mr Abdon Ali Balanga who led Maryam and her family to the government house appreciated Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya and his administration for giving attention to Maryam’s case which he said was denied by the previous administration.
Mr Abdon Balanga explains that he has been working tirelessly for the past seven years in support for Maryam.
He said the quest to assist Maryam has led him to several non governmental organizations, companies and relevant government agencies without success.
Mr Abdon appreciated the Governor for his show of empathy and support and appealed for employment, examination fees and scholarship to enable Maryam further her education after secondary school.
Joshua Danmalam information officer SSG’S Office.
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