Total Anger! Over 300 Deaf and dumb Protest in Owerri, Block Entry Gate 0f Imo State Govt. House Demand N12m Subvention


It was the mother of all protests and a centre of attraction yesterday in Owerri, Imo State capital.
Over 300 Members of Imo State Association of the Deaf, blocked the entry gate of the Imo State Government House, Owerri, demanding to see the Governor, Rochas Okorocha. They had a long list of demands to read out to him.

Reports have it that they the protesters tried to force themselves into the premises of the government house but were resisted by the security men on duty at the entry gate.
The security men fired several gunshot into the air.

The protesters said they wanted to see Governor Rochas Okorocha, over alleged neglect and abandonment of their ‘welfare packages and annual subventions.’
Their chairman, Mr. Uzoma Edwards, who spoke to newsmen through an interpreter, a Catholic Church Reverend sister, said that for the past 12 years, their annual subventions totaling N12m had not been released to the association.
The group also alleged that the government had ‘grossly marginalised’ members of the association in employment, empowerment opportunities and official programmes.

The protesters said the state government treated them ‘badly’ because they cannot talk and had no ability to air their grievances through verbal communication.
The association’s chairman said members were angry that the state government had yet to approve its proposal for the state to host the sixth edition of the National Deaf Football Championship in 2018.

For more, see: naaija.com

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Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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  1. but wait o,how dem take know say na wetin dem need be that?
    who can hear them talk since there are d&d?

  2. hope rochas joined them cos the idiot hears no criticism.

  3. They should just go and look for hustle that don’t need much talking.
    Like barbing,sewing,shoe cobbler and make their money.
    Or even take an inter preter and start up little bussiness.
    Nigeria politician only care about themselves.and don’t give a Bleep about the masses including tinubu,gej,buhari,rochas.

    police wey dy fire gun shot, no knw say dz guys no go hear the gun shot self.

  4. Government should know that these people are human beings and need to be catered for!

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