Northern Nigeria Disability Forum has expressed dissatisfaction over the continued delay in releasing government palliatives to its members.
The group’s National Organising Secretary, Bulus Chuanoemoh, raised the alarm that persons with disabilities in the northern part of the country were dying in silence as a result of the development.
He disclosed that they had not heard any provision or an agency that they could meet to apply for palliatives as persons with disabilities.
Chuanoemoh, who disclosed this in an interview with Saturday PUNCH, stated that PWDs members had not received palliatives up to this moment.
He said, “There’s nothing like palliatives up till this moment and our people are dying in silence. We are actually in a big mess because we don’t have what it takes to feed. Feeding is becoming a problem.
“Transporting oneself is also a problem because there is no money. We need the help of the government. We need the government to be serious about this because we do not know what to do at the moment because our people are dying in silence.
“We have not heard any provision for persons with disabilities or maybe any percentage or even a link or application or an agency that we can go to apply as persons with disabilities. We have not heard anything as we speak right now.”
Chuanoemoh added, “As long as our situation continues like this, we are the most vulnerable in society. The palliative is for us. We should be the one to be given the autonomous priority but there’s nothing.
“There’s no provision at the moment. We have been trying to engage the Federal Government on how to make those provisions for us but for now, there is nothing. Nothing is forthcoming.
Speaking further, he said, “We do not know what the Federal Government is doing with regards to our matter because they are treating our matter with no seriousness at all. They do not even consider us as people that exist in the society or that are supposed to benefit from whatever that is coming from the Federal Government.
“So, we believe that at the federal and state levels respectively, there should be some level of intervention that would at least enumerate the challenges that we are facing, but this time, nothing.”