Disabled Nigerians seek office for Special Assistant on Disability Matters

Channels Television  
Updated June 14, 2012

The president of the Joint National Association of Persons with Disability, Mr Danlami Basharu, has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to appoint a Special Assistant on Disability Matters in a bid to address the needs of its members.

Speaking at a meeting with officials of the All Nigeria Peoples Party in Abuja (ANPP), Mr Basharu called for the integration of its members into all sectors of the economy.

He stated that disabled people who constitute over 15 percent of the nation’s population have for long remained marginalized in the society.

While assuring the group of its party’s resolve to ensure the full participation of disabled persons in its policies and programmes, the chairman of All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP), Dr Ogbonnaya Onu asked members of the National Assembly to expedite action on bills that affect the well-being of the physically challenged persons.