FG Expresses Confidence in Disability Commission

In August, the Federal Government gave the go-ahead for the setting up of an executive board that will spearhead the activities of the People Living With Disabilities (PLWD).

A former member of the House of Representatives from Kebbi State, Hussaini Kangiwa, will chair the committee, while James David Lalu, from the North-Central, was named as Executive Secretary.

Disabled persons, according to legal definition, fall into the bracket of individuals who “have a physical or mental impairment, and the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on the person’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.”

The United States Social Security Administration defines it as “the inability to engage in substantial gainful activity, by reason of a medically determinable physical or mental impairment that is expected to result in death or last at least 12 months.”

The Commission has been given responsibilities such as to: “(1) ensure the monitoring, evaluation and realization of government policy objectives on persons with disabilities; (2) receive complaints of persons with disabilities on the violation of their rights; (3) ensure research, development and education on disability issues and disables persons; (4) liaise with the public and private sectors and other bodies to ensure that the peculiar interest of persons with disabilities are taken into consideration in every government policy, programme and activity.”
After President Buhari set up the board members of the Disability Commission, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, made a remarkable statement, saying “Today is a very happy and fulfilling day for me as one of the vulnerable groups that are close to my heart finally have a Commission and Executives in place to cater to their needs, protect their rights and provide an enabling environment for them to maximize their potentials, thrive and contribute valuably to the society and the nation as a whole.”

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