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PWDs tasks govt on Inclusiveness

PWDs and some stakeholders at the one-day capacity building program

Photo: Oluwaseyi Ajibade/Radio Nigeria

Stakeholders at a capacity building program organized by Persons with Disabilities, PWDs Community of Practice have called on governments at all level to incorporate PWDs in their activities to enable them contribute meaningfully to the growth of the nation’s economy.

One of the stakeholders, the representative of Voice Nigeria, Cedric Owuru said societies have barriers against Persons with Disabilities thereby hampering their chances of contributing to the economic development of their communities.

Mr Owuru was of the view that if the country must continue to grow, all perceived barriers against PWDs must be removed.

”Statistics have already shown that if Persons With Disabilities in any nation are not empowered, the nation is already at loss in the long run. But when we are able to break this barrier for Persons with Disabilities, you will realise that you are also breaking a barrier for yourself because it is everybody that will benefit from whatever outcome it brings forth.”

The representative of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities, Tongret Dushu explained that the commission was committed to realizing a society where all persons including the PWDs were given equal opportunities.

”Because this is what we have been fighting for, for a very long time, an inclusive society where all Persons with Disabilities are included in all activities of the society.”

Other stakeholders including the National Human Rights Commission, FIDA, Ministry of Women Affairs also believed that the rights of PWDs must be protected and must be given ample opportunities in government to allow them become active stakeholders in the country’s socio-political development.

The theme of the program is Implementation of the Disability Act, Breaking barriers and creating opportunities for People with Disabilities.

Reporting by Oluwaseyi Ajibade; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare