Written by Austine ELEMUE

Group partners FCT on EU project

The Federal Capital Territory has been identified as one of the choice locations for the European Union, EU, project on how to enhance the participation of persons with disabilities in the electoral processes in Nigeria. 

The Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Albino Foundation, Mr. Jake Epelle, who disclosed this, stated that the project is a three-year project funded by the European Union in three locations namely, FCT, Ekiti and Osun states, respectively. 

He noted that, the project is a very important one as it will give access to social services for persons with Albinism. 

Epelle said, Albino foundation as the implementing partner has therefore deemed it fit to formally bring the good news to the doorstep of the FCT Administration as well as soliciting for its maximum support for the success of the project in FCT location, adding that FCT has a significant role to play and need to take ownership of the project. 

He also used the opportunity to announce to the secretary for education that the African Union has early this month adopted the Albinism protocol during the third experts meeting of its specialised technical committee on social development, labour and employment held in Addis Ababa, Ethopia. 

 

He explained that, the five-year plan is to address attacks and related violations against persons with Albinism in sub Saharan Africa. 

According to him, the plan involves prevention measures with priority areas on public education and awareness, data collection, needs assessment and root causes, protection and accountability measures with priority areas also on effective law enforcement, review legislative framework, healthcare, combating impunity and victim support as well as re-integration of the displaced among others. 

Responding, the Secretary for Education, Dr Bala Liman, commended the founder of Albino Foundation for being the first to investigate allegations of sexual abuse of vulnerable minors at the FCT School for the Deaf, Kuje.  

Liman assured the group that the FCTA will look at the other issues raised and recommendations with a view to addressing them appropriately, so that they can further improve and create a conducive learning and teaching environment and make the students life more comfortable. 

The FCT education scribe said the education secretariat will create room for synergy in the area of data collection and also look at the inclusive policy for necessary attention and domestication. 

 

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