The National Commission for Persons with Disabilities has concluded plans for establishment of the Nigeria Disability Partnership Group.
The group among other functions will provide financial and technical support for various Disability groups in the country.
The Executive Secretary of the commission, Mr James Lalu who made this known in Abuja, explained that some development partners including the World Bank, Commonwealth Development office and the British Commission are supporting the project.
Mr Lalu explained that the initiative would help address some pressing needs of the over fifteen percent of the population of persons with disabilities.
According to him, the commission would set up a Secretariat in Abuja to coordinate the implementation of long and medium strategic plans of the group to avoid duplication and waste.
He noted that ten percent of the total National Development Programme had been reserved for the disability community.
On his part, a Technical Assistant from the World Bank, Dr Adebukola Adeboye pointed out that the National Disability Partnership Group would mobilize the needed financial aid technical support to meet its mandate across various sectors.
Dr Adeboye added that the support from the development partners would run for one year after which it will be reviewed.
Highpoint of the event was the inauguration of the Secretariat.
By IFEANYI Osita