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Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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The Adamawa chapter of the Nigeria Association of the Blind, NAB, on Monday, staged a protest in Yola over alleged discrimination against their members in government appointments.

Kwada Tizhe, the branch Chairman of the association who led the protest to the Government House, Yola, told journalists that the State Government discriminated against the members in appointments.

Mr Tizhe alleged that previous and present administrations in the state had neglected and did not pay attention to the plight of blind people and their families.

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“People living with disabilities especially blindness are not considered in any government’s employment, despite the fact that there are postgraduate certificate holders among them,” Mr Tizhe said.

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According to the chairman, the blind training centres in the state had been neglected to the extent that some of them were no more habitable.

A top government official, Muhammadu Tola, who received the group at the government house, promised that government would look into their grievances

“Government is making all possible efforts to address the situations in a short time,” Mr Tola said.

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On the alleged abandonment of the blind training centres, he said that the state government was considering the renovation of the centres in the 2018 budget.

He appealed to the protesters, to be patient with the government as their plights were being looked into.

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