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Govt makes five per cent employment for PWDs mandatory

By John Akubo, Abuja
10 December 2021   |   3:58 am
The Federal Government has made it compulsory for five per cent employment opportunities to be allocated to persons with disabilities (PWDs) across the 36 states and Abuja through the operationalisation of the federal character principle.

The Federal Government has made it compulsory for five per cent employment opportunities to be allocated to persons with disabilities (PWDs) across the 36 states and Abuja through the operationalisation of the federal character principle.

Under the fresh arrangement, it is criminal for ministries, extra-ministerial departments and agencies of government to deny persons with disabilities the opportunity to work provided they have the requisite skills.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo made the disclosure on the occasion of the International Day/National Summit of Persons With Disabilities yesterday in Abuja.

Represented by the Minister of Special Duties, George Akume, the Vice President said the post-COVID- 19 era had adversely impacted the Nigerian society with the PWDs most affected.

He said: “With a population of over 31 million persons, the community keeps growing larger by the day and as such, we must plan in that geometry.

“This factor necessitated a quick intervention of Conditional Cash Transfer to persons with disabilities so as to alleviate economic challenges.”

Osinbajo continued: “Again, our sports women and men at the recent Paralympics held in Korea did exceptionally well with several gold medals and other awards in many categories, a feat that puts the nation’s flag at an enviable state.”

This, he said, had proven the strength that abounds in the disability community.

“Today’s (yesterday) international disability summit provides the platform to bringing together advocates, comrades, support groups, scientists and experts in technology to brainstorm on the struggles, challenges and achievements recorded in the community of persons with disabilities,” he added.

Osinbajo recalled that, “the creation of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian, Disaster Management and Social Development on August 21, 2019 marked the beginning of a new dawn for community of persons with disabilities.”

The Vice President explained that the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities had been mandated to handle all issues relating to the welfare and inclusion of PWDs.

“The Federal Government has also directed the Executive Secretary of the commission, James David Lalu, to come up with strategies that will alleviate the sufferings of PWDs, especially to disengage those who are into street begging,” he stated.