Group makes case for persons with disabilities
• Kebbi Gov’s Wife Encourages Them With Gifts
The Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and other leaders to take actions that would better the living conditions of persons with disabilities.
Specifically, CCD enjoined the President to take appropriate measures to ensure that the 2017 budget is designed with the inclusion of over 25 million persons with disabilities in Nigeria, stressing that “without that, Nigeria will not make progress in their development efforts.”
In a statement signed by its contact person, David O. Anyaele, CCD also appealed to the leadership of the National Assembly, to inaugurate without delay the Joint Conference Committee on the Disability Bill to enhance the finalization of the legislative process on the bill, before it is transmitted to the President for assent.
CCD stated further: “We also call on state governments to make inclusion and participation of citizens with disabilities in governance and development programmes of their states a priority, as it is very expensive and difficult to live with disability without government support.”
Meanwhile, the Kebbi State branch of People with Disability, mobilised its members for the celebration, during which wife of the Governor, Hajiya Aisha Atiku Abubakar, donated various gifts to them, including cloths, bags and other materials.
Speaking on the occasion, which took place at the premises of the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, the governor’s wife said the occasion was aimed at recognising the vital role disabled persons play “in the overall development of our immediate communities and the societies at large.”
In her remarks, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of women Affairs, Hajiya Rafa’atu Noma Hamman, stressed that the theme of this year’s celebration aims at creating awareness and enlighten the public on the plights and potentialities of persons with disabilities and to encourage stakeholders to intensify efforts towards improving their quality of life.
Earlier, the state chairman of People With Disabilities, Abdullahi Aliyu Usman, said they want to achieve the 17 goals of SDG, adding that this would bring about uniform development of the society.
Also, as part of activities to mark the United Nations day for the physically challenged person, hundreds of persons in Abuja organised a peaceful walk in a rare show of love and to boost their morale.