As the 2023 general election approaches, the Executive Secretary, National Commission for Persons With Disabilities, Mr James David Lalu has announced that Nigeria has proven to be the giant of Africa and is ready to lead the continent on political participation and inclusion.
Receiving a delegation of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) Ethiopia and Washington DC, today 21st February, 2023 in Abuja, the Commission’s Boss assured that Nigeria is well positioned to lead the entire population of Persons With Disabilities across Africa to an inclusive political participation that will earn them the right attention and recognition.
In a statement made available to our correspondent through the Head Press and Public Relations Unit, NCPWD, Mbanefo JohnMichaels I. on 21st February, 2023, the Executive Secretary described Nigeria as a learning ground where ECOWAS and the AU need to focus on in order to develop the capacity of its member States.
“I am pleased to inform you that there are 10 Persons with Disabilities amongst the presidential appointees of the Federal Government of Nigeria which demonstrates the commitment to inclusivity of Persons With Disabilities in governance here in Nigeria” He disclosed.
Lalu also stated that it is on record that 13 out the 36 States in Nigeria have passed the Disability law as entrenched in the 2018 prohibition law against the discrimination of Persons With Disabilities.
“May I also reiterate that this can be replicated in Ethiopia once you are able to institute a Commission for persons with Disabilities in the country” He opined.
He, however, pledged his commitments to work with the Nigerian Foreign Ministry to collaborate with the Ethiopian Prime Minister towards advancing the course of PWDs in that country.
He further promised to offer the necessary assistance to foreign observers especially PWDs in the coming days towards the Nigerian general elections.
Expressing gratitude to the Executive Secretary, leader of the Delegation, Dr Franklyn Oduro commended the giant strides of Mr Lalu in such a record time since the establishment of NCPWD.
Oduro underscored that Ethiopia is the second largest population in Africa after Nigeria and will be willing to take a cue from the progress reports of inclusivity of PWDs in Nigeria.
He, however attributed the rising figures of PWDs in Ethiopia to the persistent conflicts in the country.
Franklyn also lamented that out of the 53 registered political parties at the general elections held in 2021, only 1 of the political parties had a manifesto on PWDs.
He, therefore, used the medium to call on the Executive Secretary to be their ambassador in order to enlighten the PWDs and government of Ethiopia on the need for collaboration.