Full Inclusion Of Persons With Disablity, A Collective Duty – Senate President

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Senate President, Godswill Akpabio.

ABUJA, Nigeria – Nigeria – Mediaage NG News – The Nigerian Senate President said it is a collective duty to ensure the full inclusion of persons with disablity into every facet of the society and it cannot be overrated.

He said Nigeria must not only be recognised for its diversity, but its unwavering commitment to ensure that every citizen, regardless of ability be valued and included.

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“Our commitment to raising awareness and advocacy for inclusivity becomes more crucial when we have an estimated 35 million individuals grappling with disability, due to conflicts, injuries, inadequate health care and various contributing factors, Godswill Akpabio said, while represented by the Senate Minority Whip, Sen. Osita Ngwu at the 2023 International Day for Persons With Disablity, organised by the National Commission For Persons With Disablity (NCPWD), in Abuja.

MediaageNG Full Inclusion Of Persons With Disablity, A Collective Duty - Senate President ABUJA, Nigeria - Nigeria - Mediaage NG News - The Nigerian Senate President said it is a collective duty to ensure the full inclusion of persons with disablity into every facet of the society and it cannot be overrated.
Senate Minority Whip, Sen. Osita Ngwu

“The NCPWD, bearing the vital mandate entrusted to it, emphasizing the significance of our united efforts as a nation, the Discrimination Against Persons with Disablity Act of 2018, guides us, underscoring the necessity of all coordinated activities in education, social economic empowerment and civic rights.

“Globally, the International Day for Persons With Disablity unites us in addressing the challenges faced by over 25 percent of global population.

“The NCPWD, recognising the gravity of collective efforts has graciously extended an invitation to commemorate this significant day.

“The theme “Renewing Hope Together For Disability Inclusive Society, echoes the United Nations theme, urging us to unite in advancing the course of inclusivity. As we respond to this call, let us draw inspiration from our neighbouring countries and the United States of America”, the Senate President said.

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In addition, he stated that nations across the globe have made commendable strides in fostering development and inclusion of persons with disablity. Therefore, the commemoration of the International Day for Persons With Disablity provides Nigeria with the opportunity to learn from global best practices and contribute to a more inclusive country.

“In expressing our commitment, the Nigerian Senate stands firmly in support of the National Commission For Persons With Disablity. Our endorsement of this cause is not merely symbolic, it is to actively engage in the on going global dialogue in creating an inclusive society, he said.

“Let us embrace this opportunity to renew hope together. We know laws are made, but one of the most important things is that we have to make laws that ensure everybody’s interest is recognised and carried along”, Mr. Akpabio concluded.

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