Persons With Disabilities Demand Agency To Implement Disability Act In FCT

Minister of FCT Nyesom Wike

The Abuja Association of the Deaf (AAD) has called on the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike to establish an agency to implement the disability act and other government policies on Persons Living With Disabilities (PWDs) in the territory.

The association made the call in a statement by the Chairman of AAD, Ayoade Beyioku-Alase, saying despite the efforts of the government to ease the suffering of Nigerians through various interventions, PWDs in the FCT have been abandoned and left behind in almost all spheres.

The statement read in part:

“We emphasise the necessity of prioritising the domestication of the Disability Act and the establishment of the FCT Agency for Persons with Disabilities to effectively address the needs and rights of persons with disabilities in Abuja.

“It is imperative to note that the palliative initiative support announced by the FCT Minister has not been distributed to Persons with Disabilities, especially the Deaf community and none of us benefitted from monthly transfers to eligible vulnerable individuals and families, access to free health care service, provision of food and other essential items and support for education and skill development.”

“By aligning with National Commission of Persons with Disabilities policies with the principles and provisions of the Disability Act, we can ensure that persons with disabilities have equal access to rights, opportunities, and services”, the statement further read.

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