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‘We won’t watch disability commission run like personal property’

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Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) has told the board appointed to oversee the affairs of the National Disability Commission that it would not fold it’s hand and watch it run the body like personal property.

CCD Executive Director, David Anyaele gave the warning recently in Abuja at a one-day stakeholders’ forum on ‘Convening on the next level for disability advocacy in Nigeria.’

Anyaele, who regretted that it was only in Nigeria important issues were not given the needed attention, called on stakeholders to ensure that the board deliver on it’s mandate.

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He noted that the body would ensure that the National Assembly does it’s legislative function diligently, warning that if PWDs miss the chance of getting things right, they will suffer than ever before.

“It’s just like when we were setting up to transit into democracy, Civil Society groups went backward and before we knew it, people who didn’t know anything about the struggle took over. Today, we are still struggling to hold them to account.

“Therefore, we will not allow a repeat. Moving forward, we are going to design our work plan in order to engage the incoming board of the commission.”

In his presentation, former Director General, Nigeria Electricity Regulation Commission (NERC), Dr. Sam Amadi asked PWDs to insist that the commission make laws that bind them to consult disability groups before any decision, warning that they can be bought over.

Amadi further advised PWDs to be circumspect about who is appointed into the board, saying that regulators are maximisers of power and cost benefit.

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