Narrating how Diso won the luxury SUV, Umakhihe explained that he led a delegation of 700 participants of Joint Planning Board and National Council on Development Planning for a meeting in Asaba, Delta.
He said that after the two days meeting, a familiarisation tour was undertaken to Innoson Vehicles Motor (IVM) plant at Nnewi to see the level of commitment of the company to manufacturing industry towards the nation’s economic diversification.
He stated that as a show of appreciation for the visit, the Chairman of the company magnanimously donated a brand new IVM Ikenga model vehicle to the delegation.
The permanent secretary said there was confusion regarding how the owner of the car could emerge among 700 participants.
According to him, in order to determine ownership and ensure transparency, the council decided to use a raffle draw where Diso emerged winner.
He added that it was God’s involvement for the visually impaired person to emerge winner in ‘699 no and one yes’, “the professor was lucky to pick the yes and he won’’.
“I also thank God for making me visually impaired and then gave me the opportunity to turn my disability to ability.
“I must also state it clearly that it is not easy for a visually impaired person to become a professor in this country because of several challenges,” he said.
Diso, who said he became blind at the age of two, advised other people living with disability not to relent or discouraged to contribute their quotas to the development of the country.