Photos: Scores Of Blind Graduates Demand Jobs, Blocks Imo Govt House
Scores of visually-impaired graduates and students on Monday protested against government ’s failure to pay bursary and provide jobs , blocking the main gate to the Imo State Government House in Owerri to air their grievances .
The protesters , who alleged marginalisation by the Governor Rochas Okorocha-led administration , said the government was treating them “like strangers in our own state .”
Displaying placards with various inscriptions which depicted their grievances , the blind protesters demanded an end to what they tagged deliberate abandonment and marginalisation by the government .
The demonstrators , who assembled under the aegis of the Nigerian Association of the Blind , Imo State chapter , called on Okorocha to be responsive to their demands .
They vowed not to leave the gate to the government house until the governor addressed them .
Apart from the demand for special job opportunities for blind graduates in the state , the protesters equally demanded the immediate release of accumulated seven – year subvention arrears and bursary allowances for blind students in higher institutions .
The protest caused gridlock on the road to the government house , as security men manning the gate battled in vain to disperse the demonstrators .
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