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National Disability Convening Sparks Dialogue on Disability Rights and Inclusion

In a gathering of esteemed leaders and advocates, the Wells Carlton Hotel in Abuja became the epicenter of pivotal discussions surrounding disability rights in Nigeria. Supported by the Ford Foundation, the National Disability Convening convened to address the critical theme of “Evaluating the Implementation of the Disability Act in Nigeria.”

At the forefront of the event was James D. Lalu PhD, NPOM, Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD). In his opening remarks, Dr. Lalu reaffirmed the commission’s unwavering commitment to combating discrimination against persons with disabilities (PWDs). With resolute determination, he emphasized the commission’s capacity and readiness to apprehend, investigate, and prosecute any individual found discriminating against PWDs. Dr. Lalu assured attendees that justice would be swift and decisive.

Providing a glimpse into ongoing efforts, Dr. Lalu shared updates on the NCPWD’s investigation into alleged discrimination at Murtala Muhammed Airport. He highlighted the implementation of corrective measures aimed at rectifying the situation and ensuring equal treatment and access for all individuals.

Throughout the convening, discussions delved deep into the nuances of institutionalizing inclusion, enhancing disability rights, and enforcing the Disability Act. Participants engaged in robust dialogue, sharing insights, experiences, and recommendations to advance the rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities in Nigerian society.

Reflecting on the collective efforts of attendees, Dr. Lalu expressed optimism about the potential for positive change. He underscored the importance of collaborative action in creating a more equitable and inclusive society for all individuals, regardless of ability.

As the event concluded, Dr. Lalu reiterated the NCPWD’s unwavering commitment to championing justice and empowerment for persons with disabilities across Nigeria. He emphasized the collective responsibility of stakeholders to drive meaningful change and pave the way for a more inclusive future.

In the wake of the National Disability Convening, the echoes of dialogue and advocacy continue to reverberate, igniting hope and inspiration for a brighter, more inclusive tomorrow. With steadfast determination and collective action, the vision of a society where every individual is valued and included becomes increasingly attainable.

About James D. Lalu PhD, NPOM:
Dr. James D. Lalu is the Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD), leading efforts to promote the rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities in Nigeria. With a distinguished career dedicated to advocacy and empowerment, Dr. Lalu is a driving force in the fight against discrimination and injustice, working tirelessly to create a more equitable and inclusive society for all.

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