5 April 2021 By James Itodo
Senate has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to provide a five-year post COVID-19 special intervention programme for persons with disability.
The appeal was squel to the adoption of a motion on ” Urgent need to provide Special Presidential Interventions for persons with disability in Nigeria”.
The motion was sponsored by Senator Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf of Taraba state co-sponsored by 11 other senators during plenary in Abuja.
Yusuf in his lead debate commended Buhari for signing the descrimination against persons with disability Act 2018 and establishment of a National Commission for Persons with Disability.
He however expressed concern that the World Health Organisation(WHO)in 2018 indicated that about 29 million of the Nigerian population were persons with disability.
He said the effects of COVID-19 and other issues on persons with disability had further exposed the discriminatory practices they face in the country which is also responsible for increase in poverty rate in the country.
The lawmaker expressed concern that persons with disability were yet to feel the impact of various government Interventions such as the N- Power, Presidential Youth Empowerment Scheme and the Conditional Cash Transfer to reduce poverty and cushion effects of COVID-19.
This, he said was caused by the alleged unfriendly conditions attached to the processes of accessing the various interventions.
The Senate thereafter in its resolution listed the areas for the interventions to include mass distribution of wheelchairs, prosthesis and orthotics,hearing aids among others to enhance access to educational and independent living.
It also urged security agencies to retain and assign affected personnels to less demanding task, who became disabled in the course of discharging their official assignments.
The Senate further urged Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs,Disaster Management and Social Development to implement its resolution.
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan in his remarks said the motion would bring to bear the importance of ensuring that those who are challenged were given special attention.