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CCD laments exclusion of PWDs in presidential appointments

The Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) has lamented the exclusion of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in appointments so far made by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

The Executive Director, CCD, David Anyaele, while speaking at a media briefing, yesterday, in Lagos, regretted that no one in the current administration advised the government on making decisions that would benefit people with disabilities.

This, he said, implies that the 2024 budget might exclude PWDs, adding that this action by the Tinubu-led administration has affected, or determined the outcome of the leadership of the National Assembly as no PWD was deemed capable of serving meritoriously.

He added that the absence of PWDs in government is a threat to the full implementation of the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2018, the National Policy on Persons with Disabilities, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

CCD has also accused the Federal Government of failing to explain how People With Disabilities (PWD) would benefit from palliatives distribution.

Anyaele said that due to the vulnerability and several barriers that PWDs encounter in programmes like this, it is obvious that in most cases, only persons without disabilities who can withstand the rigours will benefit from the programme.

He called on state and local government officials responsible for palliative’ distribution to map out ways of making PWDs in all the wards to benefit from the palliative distribution in line with Section 26 of the Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2018.

Guardian

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