The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajia Aisha A Abubakar, has stated that barriers towards persons with disabilities (PWDs) must be broken and doors of individual attitudes and government policies be opened to guarantee their inclusion in the society.
She also said the celebration is aimed at promoting disability issues and mobilising support for the dignity, right, welfare and integration of PWDs in all aspect of political, social economic and cultural lives of the people.
Speaking in Abuja on Monday at the occasion of the 2018 celebration of the International day of persons with disabilities, Hajia Aisha said: “Our theme for this year’s celebration ‘Disability:
Breaking the Barrier’ is different from the global theme, but member nations are at liberty to choose a theme based on their peculiar and priority circumstances they would want to focus on.
“This year’s celebration is aimed at creating awareness on barriers to be broken, doors to opened, individual attitude and government policies towards PWDs to be changed, which will guarantee their inclusion to the society”.
The United Nations (U N) in its Resolution 37/52 of December 3, 1982 adopted 1983 as the decade of Disable Persons and building on the success recorded from the decade,
the UN General Assembly came through Resolution 47/93 of October 14th 1992 proclaiming December 3rd every year as the “International Day of Persons with Disabilities”.
The minister revealed that to achieve this objectives, the Ministry has given this day more attention to issue relating to barriers faced by PWDs saying;
“Disability issues are too important to be ignored, therefore, letters were sent to all 36 states of the federation including the FCT, Academic Institutions, Cultural Centers and our development partners to ensure full participation in Marking the day”.
In her earlier remarks, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs. Ifeoma Anagbogwu, noted that the day’s event which is largely educative and informative will no doubt awaken the consciousness
and responsibility towards the global realization that the welfare of PWDs needs more attention as one of the most important social unit of our very community saying; “Persons with Disabilities should be accorded their full rights and respect”.
Present at the celebration were the partners of the Ministry including the MTN Foundation, Daughters of Charity, Sightsavers, ISHK Prosthetic Limbs Centre, and the Special Adviser to President Muhammdu Buhari on Disability Matters, Dr. Samuel Ankeli.