Joint National Association of Person With Disabilities (JONPWD) in collaboration with The Leprosy Mission Nigeria (TLMN) have raised concern over the non-inclusion of their umbrella body, urged the federal government to include them in their planning processes.
They said our involvement is the key to ensuring the effectiveness and success of policies and development programs, including at the stage of design, implementation, and evaluation. The person with disabilities in Nigeria is increasingly consulted but not in participating pattern.
The acting National President of the association, Alhaji Abdullahi Usman made the call at a world news conference in commemoration of 2021 international day for persons with Disabilities, in Abuja, yesterday.
Speaking on this year’s theme which is, “Leadership participation of person with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 war”, Usman said, participation and representation of PWD in decision-making platform at the level would enable us to reflect on progress.
According to him, PWD in Nigeria is predominantly the most affected population amidst the COVID-19 pandemic context, where marginalization, discrimination, vulnerability, and abuse have been worsened.
“we urged all domestic and international stakeholders to learn from COVID-19 experience of people with disabilities, and pursue intervention into socio-economic pillars which could help address impairment faced by demography in Nigeria”.
On his part, The National Director of TLMN, Dr. Sunday Udo, explained that The Leprosy Mission Nigeria as an organization would continue to identify with the plight of PWD and makes a commitment to ensure that no one is left behind in all facet of life.
“As government and the international community continue to battle the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic, and chart a way forward, it is very important to make disability inclusion central to decision making in health system planning, and other developmental intervention”, he said.