In an effort to mobilize more support for the on going APC registration and membership revalidation excersise, a former Minister of Sports and Special Duties and a Chieftain of APC in Oyo State, Prof Taoheed Adedoja, has advised persons with disabilities across the country to go out enmasse for the registration and revalidation exercise of All progressives Congress (APC), Pointing out in a release made available to journalists in Ibadan on Tuesday that” APC is the Party that truely cares for the welfare and future of persons with Disabilities In Nigeria”.
The former Provost of the Federal College of Education, Special, Oyo, reiterated his commitment to the empowerment of Persons with Disabilities in Nigeria in the press statement, by commending APC for the provision in the APC constitution; the opportunity for Persons with Disabilities to contribute to the development of the Party by their representation as members of the executive at the national, state, local government and ward levels and other critical committees of the Party.
With this development, according to Prof Adedoja, “substantial number of Persons with Disabilities are currently actively participating in decision making at all levels thereby making APC the major political Party in Nigeria with such inclusive provision with genuine interest in the overall development of disabled persons in Nigeria”. Prof Adedoja further appealed for the fast tracking of the implementation of the Diasability Act that has since been signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to Prof Adedoja “Nigeria can not afford to neglect an important segment of the country’s population numbering about 15% as PWDs themselves have demonstrated the capacity to partner in the socio-economic development of Nigeria, their disabilities not withstanding”
Prof Adedoja who also doubles as the grand patron of Coalition of Associations for Persons With Disabilities in Nigeria appeals to members of the National Assembly, the Political Class and the Private Sector to consider the education and economic empowerment of Persons with disabilities in Nigeria a top priority as their social responsibility.