’19million Nigerians are disabled’ - National Population Commission

’19million Nigerians are disabled’ - National Population Commission

The Nationwide Population Commission of Nigeria (NPC) has estimated that a minimum of 19 million Nigerians live with disabilities.

Chairman of the Commission, Eze Duruiheoma (SAN), introduced this in the course of the 73rd UN Normal Meeting Normal Dialogue of Agenda 28 on Social Growth on the UN headquarters in New York.  

The World Financial institution estimates that one billion folks, or 15 per cent of the world’s inhabitants, expertise some type of disabilities and the prevalence is increased for growing nations. The NPC chief mentioned Nigeria has a coverage that reserves a share of vacancies for the disabled, including the company organisations are additionally inspired to order two per cent for the disabled inhabitants.

“In consequence, authorities is implementing measures to advertise and improve the entrepreneurial abilities of lots of our 19 million Individuals with Disabilities (PWDs).

That is executed by means of coaching in varied vocations and provision of related instruments to allow them to embark on financial ventures of their selection.

Moreover, company organisations in Nigeria are inspired to order two per cent of their vacancies to PWDs in help of the present coverage within the public sector.”  

He mentioned Nigeria recognises the significance of implementing insurance policies that bridge social inequality hole by means of poverty eradication, social integration, full employment and first rate work that concentrate on particularly the incapacity inhabitants.  

“As a part of our dedication to the continual implementation of the related provisions of the 2002 Madrid Worldwide Plan of Motion on Ageing, President Muhammadu Buhari signed into legislation the Nationwide Senior Citizen Act 2018 early this 12 months. The Act mandates all tiers of presidency, together with establishments within the nation, to ascertain Nationwide Senior Residents Centres to make sure correct care, coaching, integration, orientation and re-orientation of senior residents. This highlights the necessity for, and guaranteeing full utilisation of potential and experience of the aged, whereas recognising the advantages of elevated expertise by means of age, in addition to strengthening intergenerational solidarity,” Duruiheoma mentioned.  


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