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NCPWD ES, Dr. James Lalu, Leads Charge Against Discrimination Towards Persons with Disabilities

In a resolute stance against discrimination towards persons with disabilities, the Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD), Dr. James David Lalu, made a compelling declaration during his participation in the National Disability Convening held at the prestigious Wells Carlton Hotel in Asokoro, Abuja. The event, themed “Evaluating the Implementation of the Disability Act in Nigeria,” brought together a diverse array of stakeholders to engage in critical dialogue aimed at advancing disability rights in the country.

The National Disability Convening was hosted by the Ford Foundation in collaboration with NCPWD.

Dr. Lalu’s Firm Stand Against Discrimination

In his impassioned opening remarks, Dr. Lalu reaffirmed the Commission’s steadfast commitment to eradicating discrimination against persons with disabilities. With unwavering determination, he underscored the pivotal role of the Commission in combatting such discriminatory practices, emphasizing its capacity to apprehend, investigate, and prosecute offenders. Dr. Lalu left no room for ambiguity, declaring a zero-tolerance policy towards any form of discrimination against persons with disabilities and pledging decisive action against perpetrators.

Update on Alleged Discrimination at Murtala Muhammed Airport

Amidst discussions on enhancing disability rights, Dr. Lalu provided a significant update on the Commission’s ongoing investigation into an alleged incident of discrimination against a person with disability at Murtala Muhammed Airport. He revealed that the franchise involved, a KFC outlet, has taken swift corrective measures and disciplinary action against the offending staff. Dr. Lalu’s announcement underscored the Commission’s commitment to holding accountable those responsible for perpetuating discrimination.

Pathways to Inclusion and Equity

The National Disability Convening, spanning two days, served as a platform for robust discussions on institutionalizing inclusion and enforcing disability rights in Nigeria. Stakeholders from diverse backgrounds engaged in dialogue, strategizing actionable steps towards creating a more inclusive and equitable society for persons with disabilities. The event underscored the collective commitment towards fostering a society where every individual, regardless of ability, is treated with dignity, respect, and equality.

Conclusion: Towards a More Inclusive Future

Dr. James David Lalu’s resolute stance against discrimination and his unwavering commitment to advancing disability rights signal a significant step forward in Nigeria’s journey towards inclusivity and equity. As the National Disability Convening continues to inspire dialogue and action, stakeholders stand united in their determination to create a society where every person, irrespective of disability, has the opportunity to thrive and contribute meaningfully to their communities.

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