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NAB Celebrates White Cane Safety Day in Imo

White Cane Safety Day, celebrated every October 15, is recognized around the world as a means of identifying with and empowering people who are blind and visually impaired. 

The Nigeria Association of the Blind, Imo State Chapter, on Wednesday, observed the Day in Owerri, with a roadshow and white cane demonstration. 

The Chairman of the Nigeria Association of the Blind Imo state, Mr. Egemonye Ejike who led other members of the association on the road show from Freedom Square through Government House Roundabout to City Primary School, said the day was special to the blind, being a global event that reminds the people that the white cane is an important tool in the hands of those with visual impairment. 

He encouraged every blind person to be determined, adding that visual impairment was not the end of the world. 

Mr Ejike however condemned the stigmatisation of people with visual impairment and called on the government to make policies towards ensuring that the blind are carried along in the scheme of things. 

The Secretary of the association, Mr. Stanley Ogom explained the significance of the use of the white cane. 

The woman leader, Mrs. Joyce Samuel who is a porter at Federal Polytechnic Nekede, called for more job opportunities for blind people in the state. 

The theme of this year’s celebration is, “My Cane Demands Your Attention”. 

(Report by STANLEY OKEHIE)

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