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Make public buildings and other infrastructure accessible: Minister

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Nigeria’s Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has emphasized the need to make public buildings and other infrastructures such as airports, railways, motor parks, and schools accessible for persons with disabilities.

Umar Farouq thanked the President for the National Disability Act and established the National Commission for persons with disabilities.

“Over 95% of public buildings were not accessible to persons with disabilities, while the majority required assistive technology to improve access to education for persons with disabilities.” said Umar

“There is a need for urgent measures to curtail the negative attitude towards persons with disabilities by creating public awareness, reducing discriminations, and improving their livelihood.

“The need for data development on persons with disabilities and the issuance of disability certificates are significant in ensuring that the benefits are accurately provided for the targeted population to avoid manipulations of Government’s effort.”

Umar Farouq appealed for the government’s continued support to ensure a dignified life for all persons with disabilities in Nigeria.

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