The Coalition of Persons Living with Disabilities in Nigeria (CPLWDN) has lauded the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) for complying with the Disability Prohibition Act.
It urged the National Commission for Persons With Disability to publicly recognise NDIC as that would serve as a reminder to other agencies to also follow suit.
The coalition made the commendation during a press conference led by its national coordinator, Mallam Mohammed Musa Zaria and national secretary Comrade David Olarewaju yesterday in Abuja while congratulating the managing director/chief executive officer of NDIC, Mr Bello Hassan, on his recent appointment as vice chairperson of the International Association of Deposit Insurers, African Regional Committee (IADI-ARC).
Zaria said, “Our coalition, consisting of over 45 groups of different clusters of our community from the Six Geopolitical Zones of the country, has come together to collectively make our voice heard and commend Nigerians for the support given to our members and organisation.
“We express our sincere gratitude to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for recognising Mr. Hassan’s exceptional performance and retaining him in his position as the head of NDIC. NDIC under his tenure has restored the confidence of Nigerians in the banking sector leading to investor confidence and increase in the volume of banking transactions daily.
“Most importantly, the NDIC stands out as the sole organisation in Nigeria that continues to focus on inclusiveness, aligning perfectly with the renewed hope agenda of the present administration. In celebrating his successes, we believe that he will do more to change the perception and attitude of most Nigerians towards people with disabilities.”
The coalition also called on the National Commission of Persons with Disabilities as a matter of patriotic urgency under the able leadership of its executive secretary, Mr James Lalu, to promptly present a certificate of compliance to Alhaji Hassan on behalf of NDIC.
It stated that credible information at their disposal indicates that the agency has diligently adhered to the 2018 Disability Prohibition Act by ensuring that the stipulated percentage of jobs is allocated to disability community in all recruitment processes under his leadership.
“It is glaring that under Mr. Hassan’s exceptional leadership, the NDIC has played a pivotal role in contributing to the financial system stability of our nation’s economy.
“The corporation’s diligence and commitment to repositioning insurance practices in Nigeria have been recognised both locally and globally. Under his leadership, NDIC conducted a review of the maximum deposit insurance coverage, aligning with international standards set by the International Association of Deposit Insurers (IADI), a feat recognised by international agencies including the MacArthur Foundations.
“We celebrate inclusiveness and would want to be included in policy formulation and governance. We call on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to do more in supporting our cause. While the National Assembly has done well in the area of legislation, we want effective enforcement mechanisms to drive the laws,” they added.