he Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq on Wednesday tasked the leadership of National Assembly (NASS) and other Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to ensure that the rights and inclusion of deaf persons and other people living with disabilities in the society are given utmost priority.
Farouq who gave the charge in Abuja during a briefing to mark the International Week of the Deaf and International Day of Sign Languages assured that Federal Government has already put in place necessary plans to improve the well-being of the Deal and other people living with disabilities.
“Plans have already been set in motion. One is that the provision against discrimination of persons with disabilities was passed into law by this administration and we have now established the National Commission of Persons with Disabilities, a commission that is charged with the responsibility of addressing all the issues that hitherto affect the persons with disabilities.
So it is important for them to know that the government is with them and cares about them. We now have a full-fledged ministry that is coordinating their activities and we would do everything possible to support that commission to be very, very active.”
While responding to question on the level of compliance with the policy on the provision of access to public buildings for people living with disabilities, Farouq said: “that policy is in place and in fact, it is in the Act that we must provide these facilities for these communities of persons living with disabilities. And we are going to see that that policy is being implemented.
She also expressed optimism that the National Assembly which plays a critical role in enacting the law, will henceforth “give them (people living with disabilities) all the support that they desire. We have just started and we are committed to seeing the full implementation of that law.”
The Minister maintained that the Ministry has been at the forefront of ensuring that the Nigeria Disability Commission was established to assuage the yearnings and aspirations of all persons with disabilities in Nigeria.