Nigerian Government to Establish Committee for Raising Awareness on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The Nigerian government is setting up a committee to collaborate with the NCPWD to raise awareness about the rights of persons with disabilities, marking a significant step towards promoting social inclusion and equality in the country.

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Nigerian Government to Establish Committee for Raising Awareness on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Nigerian Government to Establish Committee for Raising Awareness on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The Nigerian Federal Government has announced plans to set up a five-member committee to collaborate with the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD) in creating awareness about the rights and privileges of persons living with disabilities. Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, issued the directive, emphasizing the government's commitment to protecting the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities and preventing discrimination against them.

Minister Idris stated that the government will leverage the public information organs and resources of his ministry to support the NCPWD's awareness efforts. He highlighted President Tinubu's dedication to social inclusion and providing visibility, recognition, and responsibility to persons with disabilities in the government.

Dr. James Lalu, the Executive Secretary of the NCPWD, sought the Ministry's collaboration in raising awareness about the rights of persons with disabilities, as mandated by the Disability Law. The government also intends to advocate to state governors for the domestication of the Disability Law in their respective states.

Why this matters: The establishment of this committee and the government's commitment to raising awareness about the rights of persons with disabilities marks a significant step towards promoting social inclusion and equality in Nigeria. By collaborating with the NCPWD and leveraging the Ministry of Information's resources, the government aims to create a more inclusive society that respects and protects the rights of all citizens, regardless of their abilities.

In a related development, the NCPWD is partnering with the Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) to efficiently distribute membership certificates to Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) across all 774 Local Government Areas in Nigeria. During a visit to the Postmaster General, Tola Odeyemi, Dr. Lalu stressed that the enforcement of the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities Prohibition Act 2018 will commence soon. He urged NIPOST to adhere to the law, which mandates that 5% of employment opportunities in public establishments be reserved for PWDs. Postmaster General Odeyemi assured the commission of NIPOST's commitment to promoting inclusivity for PWDs and supporting the NCPWD's initiatives.

Key Takeaways

  • Nigeria to set up 5-member committee to raise awareness on disability rights
  • Ministry of Information to leverage resources to support NCPWD's awareness efforts
  • Government to advocate for states to domesticate Disability Law
  • NCPWD partners with NIPOST to distribute membership certificates to PWDs
  • Government committed to promoting inclusivity and preventing discrimination against PWDs