Mr Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), has called for measures to make voting less cumbersome for persons with disabilities during the 2019 general elections.
Mustapha spoke on Monday in Abuja at an event to mark the 2018 International Day of Persons with Disabilities organised by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
The theme of the 2018 International Day of Persons with Disabilities is Empowering Persons with Disabilities and Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality.”
He reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to ensuring free and fair elections, adding that it was the duty of Nigerians to perform their civic duties.
As we approach the forthcoming general elections, I wish to especially appeal to every citizen to eschew bitterness and rancour.
In the spirit of inclusion, special attention should be given to persons with disabilities to make the voting process less cumbersome for them.
It is our duty as Nigerians to ensure that we perform our civic duties by voting under an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity,he said.
Mustapha said that the International Day of Persons with Disabilities was a reminder for countries to address the needs of all citizens in an inclusive, equitable and sustainable manner.
According to him, persons with disabilities face enormous challenges in their daily activities in form of barriers that are often taken for granted.
He listed the barriers as negative or hostile social environments, physical obstacles and inaccessibility, absence of assistive or adaptive communication technology as well as mobility constraints.
Mustapha called for collective support to ensure that persons with disabilities were given equal opportunity to realise their potentials and contribute to national development.
He said that the bill on discrimination against persons with disabilities was currently before the National Assembly, adding that the president was awaiting the passage and transmission for his assent.
The SGF urged the National Assembly to expedite action on the bill, saying people living with disabilities would have their rightful place when the bill was passed into law.
According to the UN: This year’s theme focuses on empowering persons with disabilities for an inclusive, equitable and sustainable development as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The 2030 Agenda pledges to leave no one behind. Persons with disabilities, as both beneficiaries and agents of change, can fast track the process towards inclusive and sustainable development and promote resilient society for all, including in the context of disaster risk reduction and humanitarian action, and urban development.
Source: Voice of Nigeria