Foundation wants FG to accord priority attention to PWD

CEDAR SEED Foundation, a disability rights organization, has called on the Federal Government to accord priority attention to the welfare of Persons With Disability (PWD) in the country, mostly at this period of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The founder CEDAR SEED Foundation, Mrs Lois Auta, made the call on Wednesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja while speaking on the effects of COVID-19 on persons with disabilities.

Auta said that special interventions and incentives should be given to persons with disabilities to enable them to stand the harsh challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

She said according to priority has become imperative because many PWD lack immunity, strength and cannot stand on their own or maintain social distancing because they need to lean on others for full support for their day-to-day activities.

“Since everyone is expected to comply with COVID-19 protocols as prescribed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), persons with disability should have been given special attention not just by government but by all citizens.

“For example, the government would have provided special transport scheme for them so that they cannot struggle with others,” Auta said.

The CEDAR SEED founder, who stressed the need for inclusion of persons with disabilities in all policies of the government, said it was a roadmap to social equality.

Auta decried the manner some people discriminate against persons with disabilities, saying it was time to accord equal rights to them.

She, therefore, reiterated the call on the government at all levels to review their policies putting into consideration the plight of persons with disability.

According to her, I am not satisfied with how we are being treated and I wish we do more to better the condition of persons with disabilities. (NAN)

 

-Feb, 17, 2021 13:09 AM