According to the latest estimates of the
If you apply this percentage to
Disabled boarding a bus...
No Nation, no matter how well endowed, can achieve any meaningful development without carrying along such a significant population. When we as a nation, build infrastructures, formulate policies and implement them or carry on any developmental effort as if there are no Nigerians with disabilities, we are simply excluding about 24 million Citizens socially, economically and politically.
Unfortunately, we cannot wish this population away. This population must eat, have shelter, move about if only for the sake of moving about, go to hospital etc.
They are only excluded from contributing their quota to our National development, thus making them dependent on the rest of the society. Whereas, if we build a society that is accessible to all Nigerians, we will make it possible for persons with disabilities to contribute their quota to national development.
Despite the level of inaccessibility of our society, a good number of persons with disabilities have managed to distinguish themselves in their chosen career. Persons like Barr. Danlami Basharu an accomplished administrator, Cobams Asuquo, a renowned Music producer, Barr.
The only way we can ensure that we build a society that is accessible to all and unleash the potentials inherent in Persons with disabilities, is to ensure that their rights are protected through legislation. This is even more expedient, given the fact that our constitution failed to make any provision to protect the rights of persons with disabilities. Our constitution did not even recognize that there are persons with disabilities in
Thankfully, with the current constitution review effort, we have an opportunity to correct this unfortunate omission. I am aware that
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