The federal government has called for greater collaboration with local and international partners to improve the well-being of people with disabilities in the country.
The Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities, Mr. James Lalu made the call in Abuja during a program organized by Sight saver Nigeria on the inclusion of persons with disabilities.
Inclusion Work was a consortium of Sight Saver Nigeria, the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities and other partners to address the under-representation of people living with disabilities in formal employment in Nigeria and other countries .
The Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities, Mr. James Lalu, emphasized that with the passing of the Persons with Disabilities Act, the Nigerian government remains committed to partner organizations willing to assist the government in fulfilling its mandate to ensure that people with disabilities are independent.
Mr. Lalu explained that this would go a long way in boosting the country’s economic development.
Sight Savers Nigeria Country Director Dr Sunday Ishaku explained that the ambition of the organization was to generate evidence on how the labor market could be disability inclusive.
Dr Ishaku highlighted the need for the government to invest more in the inclusion of people with disabilities and to measure their economic contribution to businesses.
Other stakeholders at the forum urged Nigerians to end discrimination against people with disabilities, but rather harness their potential to enable them to compete with their counterparts globally.
Reporting by Florence Adewale, editing by Daniel Adejo