Addressing the various drawbacks of persons with disabilities at a conference. Standing at vantage position to the left of the key speaker is a Professional Sign Language Interpreter to bridge the communication gap for Deaf participants.

By Yakubu Salisu, Kano

The Executive Chairman, Kano State Public Complaints and Anti Corruption Commission, Barr. Muhuyi Magaji Rimin Gado has said that, people with disabilities have suffered greatly from the menace of corruption which he said has become endemic in the country.

Rimingado made the remark on Thursday while receiving Officials of Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), who paid him a courtesy call at the commission’s headquarters, Tarauni Quarters, Kano.

According to him, the vulnerable in every society where people with disabilities belong, suffer greatly, the consequences of corruption and to a large extent, more than every other person due to their conditions.

He said the decision to train people with disabilities on how to use the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) as well as equipping them with knowledge of the of National Disability Act to demand for accountability couldn’t have come at a more better time considering the backwardness and untold hardship corruption has caused to the nation and its citizens.

Muhuyi applauded Center for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) for ensuring that PWDs community in the state are carried along in the #Upright for Nigeria Campaign which he said is in line with the president Muhammadu Buhari’s Campaign against corruption for a better Nigeria.

The Anti-Corruption Boss in Kano said, with such training, people with disabilities can begin to ask public officials and ministries to account for funds allocated for their benefits in the state budget, promising that his commission would spare no one who by any means divert or misappropriate funds earmarked for the benefit of the PWDs in the state.

Earlier in his remarks, the Executive Director CCD, Mr. David Anyaele said they were at the commission on a courtesy visit to brief the Chairman about the ongoing training and the Centre’s efforts at fighting corruption.

He said the visit also serve as a reminder to the Chairman to fulfil some of the promises made to CCD some time ago particularly, the promise to employ persons with disabilities to work as staff at the commission which is yet to be done.

Anyaele also noted that the group observed that the commission complex is not PWD friendly as there were no considerations made for people with disabilities to have easy access or entrance into the complex as it took some of them a great deal to get in and climbed upstairs where the conference hall is situated.

Magaji However, took note of all suggestions made and promised to put them into action with immediate effect.

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