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Centre seeks government’s support for persons with disabilities

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The Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) has call on the federal and state governments to live up to their expectations by adopting the needs of persons living with disabilities in the scheme of things.

This is just as the centre announced that it is rolling out plans to collect data of people with disabilities in six states including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in its pilot study. The states are: Lagos, Enugu, Rivers, Kano, Gombe and Plateau.

Addressing the media on Monday, Executive Director of CCD, Mr. David Anyaele, lamented that persons living with disabilities are exposed to danger in the country and wants the government across board and relevant stakeholders to come to their rescue.

The group also decried the exclusion of persons living with disabilities from exercising their rights to vote, lamenting the absence of available data by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to capture the disadvantaged citizens for inclusion during its planning and implementation of electoral activities.

“In order to reduce this incident around struggle for data of people living with disabilities, INEC, CCD with the support of EU and in partnership with CLEEN Foundation will be collecting the data of People Living With Disability (PWD) in selected states of the federation. However, plans are on the way to deploy election observers to Ekiti and Osun for the governorship elections.”


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