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FG Splash N70m on data collection for PWDs

By Laraba MUREY

In a bid to reaffirm its commitment for inclusivity, the federal government has laid out a plan to spend N70 million on collection of data for persons living with disabilities in the country.

The provision stated in the proposed budget and captured in its Economic Recovery Growth Plan, ERPG, noted that relevant data of persons with disability would be collected in the country.

The exercise will provide the nation a reliable registry for persons with disability that will enable the federal government to make concise plans for the people with special needs.

Recently, the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development held its annual meeting with all state directors responsible for the rehabilitation of PWDs across the federation where the permanent secretary, Nura Alkali said, “The government is identifying new and emerging challenges faced by Persons with Disabilities in their quest to conquer discrimination and live a fulfilled life, at the same time work toward providing solutions to those problems.”

Alkali added that “government is continuing in her efforts to come up with strategies of engagement with stakeholders by creating a forum for discussion and consultation with directors of rehabilitation in the 36 states and FCT.”

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari signed into law in January 2019 the Act establishing the Discrimination Against Persons Living with Disabilities (Prohibition Act), in fulfilment of its obligation under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).’’

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