Disability Commission demands streamlining of PLWDS in Governance
The Executive Secretary of the federal commission for persons with disabilities (FCPWD), James Lalu has called on Governments at all levels to streamline the inclusion of persons with disability in governance.
He made the call while speaking at the occasion to mark this year’s International day for persons with disability with a theme titled ”Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19.Lalu said the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed Nigerians living with disabilities to more tasking challenges.
He listed some of the challenges to include difficulty in accessing public facilities like schools, train stations, airports and the neglect of persons with disabilities.
Lalu also observed that people with disabilities can contribute to the growth of the economy if given the audience and included in the governance of the nation.He urged Nigerians to stop the discrimination against the people living with disablilities as they equally have a say in the society.
Earlier at the occasion, the minister of humanitarian affairs and disaster management, Sadiya Farouk represented by the director, special needs in the ministry, Mrs. Nkechi Onwukwe expressed confidence in the ability of the Executive secretary of the Commission to successfully manage the affairs of the new organization which is under the ministry of humanitarian affairs.
She said the creation of the disability commission will ensure that issues affecting persons living with disabilities will now be included in every policy of government.In a related issue, the Instructor and Trainer in Armed Forces Electrical Mechanical Engineering (AFEME) Mechatronics School, Mr Adamu Alexander has described as discrimination, anti social and intimidation for building and establisilning separate schools for People Living with Disabilities (PWDs) in Nigeria.
Alexander who spoke at the event said it is high time for the federal government and individuals to established inclusive Technical Vocational Education Training Schools (TVETS) across Nigeria for PWDs and non PWDs to co-exists as provided in the disability law.Quoting from the disability law and policy, that says any public or private school that have no environmental plan or reject PWDs would be sued, faced imprisonment or an option of fine.
He noted that PWDs constitutes 15% population of Nigeria citizenry which he said is at the high alert.He added that the PLWDs are no longer people to be pited or feel sorry for but are capable to work, to be educated and to learn other vocations to help the country and society at large if the leaders provide inclusiveness in every aspect of their development.
Also speaking at the celebration, the Project Manager of Sight Saver, Mr. Rasak Adekoya requested that the Executive Secretary of the newly created National Commission for Persons with Disabilities, Mr James Lalu ensure that 30% of all inclusive procurement will go to PWDs entrepreneur like Kenya is committed.