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First Edition of National Sign Language Dictionary launched

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouk (middle) with the former Governor of Nasarawa state, Tanko Al-Makura (right) during the National Summit of Persons With Disabilities in Abuja. Photo: Hadiza Abdulrahman

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has urged Persons With Disabilities to adopt sign language as an alternative means of communication.

The Minister made the remark on Thursday, at the National Summit of Persons With Disabilities held in Abuja.

While formally launching the First Edition of the National Sign Language Dictionary, Hajiya Sadiya stated that the Dictionary will provide a harmonized and consistent understanding of signs for Persons with Disabilities, especially the Deaf, in Nigeria.

She noted that the Commission has developed a National Sign Language Dictionary for Nigerians who use signing as a first language.

Disable persons using sign language as an alternative means of communication. Photo: Hadiza Abdulrahman

Hajiya Sadiya encouraged others to enhance their communication skills by learning and adopting sign language as an alternative means of communication.

She further recommended and invited heads of MDAs to utilise the services provided by the Commission, especially the braille translation facility, to ensure that all Government policies and programmes are accessible for the blind”.

The Minister, also co-launched a Disability Registration and Reporting system application, a 5-year Strategic Plan of the Commission from 2022 to 2026.

Also, an accessible website for the Commission, distribution and presentation of the National Disability Certificate in compliance with section 22 of the Disability Act, flight-friendly access at all Nigerian airports and the first-ever National Health Insurance Scheme for the first 600 beneficiaries.

Reporting by Hadiza Abdulrahman; editing by Abdullahi Lamino