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Ministerial List: People With Disabilities Call Fg For Inclusion

Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) in Nigeria have complained over the non-inclusion of their names in the ministerial list of President Muhammadu Buhari

The executive director of the organisation, David Anyaele, therefore called on President Buhari to nominate at least three competent PWDs to become ministers Centre for Citizens with Disabilities, a non-governmental organisation, has expressed concern about the exclusions of Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) in the ministerial list of the present administration.

In a news conference in Abuja on Friday, July 26, the executive director of the organisation, David Anyaele, described the exclusion as unsatisfactory development to the entire Nigerian disability community.

Anyaele  said that the exclusion was also a total disregard to the provision in part 6, section 29 of the discrimination against PWDs (prohibition) act 2018. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that President Muhammadu Buhari submitted a list of 43 ministerial nominees to the Senate for screening and confirmation in which no PWDs was included.

Anyaele said:

“We want to raise awareness over the exclusion of Nigerians with disabilities in the president’s ministerial nominees list and the delay in the implementation of the act by the government.”

He requested that the president should send no fewer than three competent names of PWDs as ministerial nominees to enable them join other nominees for screening and confirmation at the Senate.

“We demand the implementation of part 7, section 31 of the discrimination Against PWDs (prohibition) act without further delay through establishment of a national commission for persons with disabilities,’’ he said:

Anyaele noted that the commission would be responsible for the educational needs, provision of health care, social welfare, economic and civil rights of the PWDs.

He urged the leadership of the National Assembly to appoint PWDs as personal assistants and aids to fill the five per cent employment reservation for PWDs in the house to integrate them into the society.

According to him, prior to the passage of the discrimination Against PWDs (prohibition) act, Nigeria committed itself at the UN convention on the rights of PWDs to protect their rights to work on equal basis with others.

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