Nigeria finally inaugurates disabilities agency board

Sadiya Umar Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development

The Federal Government has finally inaugurated the chairman and members of council of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities.

The law created the agency as part of measures to eliminate discrimination against such persons in education and employment but had not been functional ever since.

This is coming two years after President Muhammadu Buhari signed into law the Discrimination against Persons (Prohibition) Act.

This materialised through the Federal Ministry Of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development on Tuesday.

The Minister, FMHADMSD, Sadiya Umar Farouq said on her assumption of office as the Honourable Minister, she was confronted with the yearnings for the implementation of the law.

Farouq said, “the composition of the council and appointment of the executive Secretary became my priority. The search for you began, wider consultation was made, you were carefully selected on the recommendations of highly placed Nigerians.”

She therefore challenge the them to bring to bear their expertise in putting in their best devoid of personal enrichment, to support the Commission to deliver dividend of democracy to Persons with Disabilities, saying that the task before this Commission is heavy, expectations from the Disability Community in Nigeria is very high.

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“You are therefore enjoyed to do justice to all, irrespective of ethnicity, gender, religion, and region.”

She appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for not only signing the bill into an act but approving the appointment of the Chairman and Members of Council.

The team inaugurated is chaired by Dr Husseini Suleiman Kangiwa, North West and has members drawn from Nigeria’s geopolitical zones.

Members are Ms Amina Rahma Audu, North West; Ms. Philomena I Konwea, South South; Mrs Esther A. Awu, North Central; Mr Abba Audu Ibrahim, North East; Mr Omopariola Busuyi, South West; and Mr Jaja Oparaku Member, South East.

The Minister assured them of the full support of the Government and her personal commitment to their success.

The Chairman of the Governing Council, National Commission For Persons with disabilities, Dr Kangiwa appreciated the government for finally taking the initiative to ensure their confirmation.

“It is imperative to say that we are aware of the task ahead of us, we will lay a good foundation for the commission that will enable us to meet the needs of the persons with disability,” he added.

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