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Appoint people with disabilities as ministers, commissioners, group urges Tinubu

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A group, All-rights Foundation Africa, on Thursday, demanded that qualified persons with disabilities be appointed ministers and commissioners in the federal and state cabinets to foster an inclusive and representative government.

The Chief Executive Officer, TAF Africa, Jake Epelle, made the demand in an open letter to President Bola Tinubu in Abuja.

TAF Africa, funded by the European Union through its Support for Democratic Governance in Nigeria, lamented that the PWDs continue to witness exclusion from Nigeria’s population.

Epelle urged the President to change the narrative, adding that the experiences and insights of PWDs could greatly contribute to the development and implementation of policies that address the specific needs and challenges faced by the community.

He said “It is an unfortunate reality that persons with disabilities in our society often face significant barriers to accessing basic rights and opportunities.

“Despite the progress made in recent years, we continue to witness the marginalization and exclusion of this significant population.

“As the leader of our great nation, you have the power to change this narrative and make a resounding statement about the values and potential of persons with disabilities.”

Giving reasons why the PWDs should be given a chance in Nigeria’s political representations, the C.E.O explained “By including persons with disabilities in your cabinet, you would not only ensure their representation in decision-making processes but also harness their unique perspectives and expertise.

“Their inclusion would bring about more comprehensive and effective governance, fostering a society that truly upholds the principles of equality, diversity, and social justice.

“Furthermore, appointing persons with disabilities to influential positions in your government would serve as a powerful symbol of inclusivity, sending a clear message that Nigeria embraces and values the contribution of every citizen, regardless of their abilities.”

Epelle added that the inclusion of persons with disabilities aligns with Nigeria’s commitment to human rights standards.

Furthermore, he advised, “We urge our president and the 36 state governors to take immediate action in addressing this critical issue by actively seeking out qualified persons with disabilities to serve in your cabinet as ministers, Heads of Parastatals, ambassadors, and commissioners.”

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