Kogi State Governor, Bello Appoints Speech-Impaired Ex-Cleaner As Aide

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Alhaji Yahaya Bello, the Kogi , has a speech-impaired young man and former cleaner the Geemoney Cleaning Scheme, Mr Peter Aliyu, as his Special Assistant on , according to The PUNCH.

This made known in a issued by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Muhammed, on Sunday in .

The appointment, Muhammed said, part Bello’s efforts to foster inclusion in governance.

According to Muhammed, the appointment Aliyu, a former cleaner the Geemoney Cleaning Scheme the governor, further illustrates his compassionate attribute.

“His appointment announced on Wednesday alongside other new appointees in a press release signed by the Secretary to the , Dr Folashade Arike Ayoade.

“The young man’s appointment came on the heels of his excellency’s observation of the man’s consistency, diligence and dedication which also endeared the new appointee to many other individuals who have hailed his appointment.

“Governor Bello has always been known for his non-discrimination approach to leadership and how he has ensured individuals of different class, group and even social strata were meted equal treatment across board.

“The governor in his usual disposition did consider Mr Aliyu’s disability as an hindrance for him to effectively serve but rather as a means to enlist him and prove to the world in disabilities lie abilities as well,” he said.

He said the gesture by the governor was the first of its kind as he had in the past given special consideration to people with disabilities.

This, he said, was by engaging them actively in his government and even signing bills would enhance their welfare.