Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq during the unveiling of the National Disability Electronic Certificate Production Centre in Abuja. Photo: Hadiza Abdulrahman
The Federal Government, on Wednesday, commissioned the National Disability Electronic Certificate Production Centre.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq unveiled the facility at the Persons With Disability Complex in Abuja.
Two Operational Vehicles to improve mobility and productivity of the Commission, as well as a Mini Braille printing centre, a National Disability Data Processing centre and an accessible office complex, were also launched by the Minister.
Hajiya Sadiya said that the inauguration of the projects was the beginning of inclusivity which Persons with Disabilities have always yearned for.
She also expressed delight in the rapid development of the Commission in just one year.
“As these projects commence operation from today, we hope for better data collection, more dignified access to services and accessibility to government print information, policies and other equipment for the Blind. By these, hope is being rekindled in the disability community about their identity and the protection of the rights of Persons with Disability against any form of discrimination or abuse”.
Earlier, the Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities, Mr James Lalu lauded the efforts of President Muhammadu and that of the Minister in providing a befitting office for persons with disabilities.
“Thank you for wiping the tears of over 31 million Persons with Disabilities in Nigeria and for using your office to provide a place for persons with disabilities. We promise to make you proud and we will surpass your expectations of these projects you started. We will always be grateful to you”.
Also in attendance were the former governor of Nasarawa state and Chairman Senate Committee on Solid Minerals, Senator Umaru Tanko Al- Makura, Chairman of the Governing Council, Dr Hussaini Suleiman Kangiwa, Senator Osita Izunaso, Representatives of the Ministry of Health and Education and other members of the Governing Council, NCPWD.
Repoting by Hadiza Abdulrahman; editing by Abdullahi Lamino