Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed
Over 100,000 Persons with disabilities have benefited from the Federal Government’s conditional cash transfer.
Also, The National Commission for Persons with Disabilities has commenced the enrolment of persons with Disabilities in a special Health Insurance scheme specially designed to commence with 800 pilot beneficiaries cutting across the federation
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed made this known in Abuja, at the 2021 Annual October Lecture of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria.
The FRCN Annual Lecture has over the years been an avenue for the Corporation to live up to its mantra of “Uplifting the people and uniting the nation” not only through its programming but also through social responsibility outlets like this Annual Lecture.
‘’There is no denying the fact that nation-building and national transformation would continue to be a mirage without carrying along all segments of the society.
Since this administration came in, there have been deliberate policies and programmes to ensure inclusiveness, with a view to taking Nigeria into an era in which every citizen will not just feel a sense of belonging, but a pride that they have a country that truly belongs to them and cares for them. President Muhammadu Buhari has been so passionate about creating lasting structures and institutions that will drive inclusive social protection beyond the tenure of his administration.
This explains why, for the first time in the history of Nigeria, this Administration has created a ministry to cater for, among others, the vulnerable in the society: the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.
In addition, it created the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD), headed by an Executive Secretary from the community of Persons with Disabilities, in the person of Mr. James David Lalu. He said
Presenting the Annual lecture on ‘’the imperative of Disability Inclusion in National Transformation’’, the guest lecturer and Director General of the Institute for National Transformation Abuja, Professor Vincent Anigbogu said from the World Health’s Organisation’s data approximately 1 billion people worldwide live with one form of disability out of which 80% of them live in developing countries such as Nigeria.
Professor Anigbogu whose lecture was delivered by Professor Emeka Aniagolu affirmed that there are lots of potentials with
persons with disabilities and advocated a holistic approach to properly include them in national transformation
The Director-General of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Dr Mansur Liman explained that the lecture was timely considering the need to mainstream and include persons with disabilities in all sectors of the society and governance for an enduring societal transformation and national integration
Dr Liman noted that in recognition of the efforts of the federal government in engendering inclusive social protection with the enactment of the discrimination against persons with disability prohibition act 2018, the FRCN partnered the Albino Foundation in hosting this year’s dialogue on disability inclusion.
The Funder of Albino Foundation, Mr Jake Epelle who expressed the joy of the efforts at empowering persons with disabilities expressed optimism that they repositioned to occupy national executive positions.
The Ambassador and Head of the European Union Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS Samuela Isopi represented by a programme manager Mr Olawolu Olawomi said the move by both the FRCN and the Albino foundation is part of the objective of the EU to build an inclusive society that recognizes the rights of everyone including persons with disability.
Reporting by Daniel Adejo