By Tina Abeku
Commandant General, of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC), Ahmed Audi, has ordered the setting up of disability duty desks across its commands nationwide to scale up support and protection of Persons with Disabilities, (PWD).
Audi made this known in a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer, (PRO), of the Corps, Olusola Odumosu, yesterday in Abuja.
He said the Corps is ready and willing to collaborate with relevant bodies, agencies or authorities in not only protecting their rights but guarding against any form of abuse.
Speaking through his Deputy Command General, (DCG) in charge of Administration, Zakari Ningi, at the inauguration of the Disability Duty Desk Officers, the CG affirmed his readiness to give full-scale support to the protection of persons living with disabilities in the country.
He charged the desk officers to “ensure that the rights of persons living with Disabilities are well protected in line with the provisions of Nigeria’s constitution and the UN Charter.
“People with disabilities are our brothers, our sisters and families, they need our care and support.
“On our part, we have set up the disability desk in all our formations across the country to assist in protecting and attending to issues of abuse or stigmatisation against PWDs in the country”
He enjoined Nigerians to rally around them by making sure their rights are not violated or taken advantage of because they are vulnerable people.
“We must not discriminate against them but give them the necessary support because they deserve the best of treatment”, CG said.
The Executive Director, of the National, Commission for Persons with Disabilities, Mr James David Lalu, in his remarks, reiterated that collaboration with NSCDC is required to integrate persons with Disabilities fully into society.
He said there is a need to stop the humiliation and discrimination meted on PWD to the general public.