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April 22, 2024
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PWDs to partner Technical Aid Corps on nation-building 

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By Maureen Okon

National Commission for Persons With Disabilities (NCPWD) is seeking collaboration with the Nigerian Technical Aid Corps (NTAC) to raise awareness on the capacity of persons with disability to contribute to nation-building.

The Executive Secretary of the commission, Mr James Lalu, called for the partnership when he led a delegation on a courtesy visit to the Director-General of NTAC, Dr Buba Yakub in Abuja.

Lalu noted that to promote professionalism within the PWD community to enable them to fill the gap in the education sector, awareness should be created both in Nigeria in particular, and Africa at large.

“’Nigeria is working toward hosting the first-ever African Summit with PWDs in the country which would raise the kind of awareness needed to sensitise Nigerians and Africa to the capacity of the PWD community to contribute to nation-building.

“We are looking forward to working closely with your office as we remain the giant of Africa and we must prove our leadership to the African region,” Lalu said.

Responding, Yakub said that it was enlightening to observe that the commission had professionals and skilled persons with the capacity to contribute to the mandate of the corps in bridging the educational gap in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific (ACP) nations.

He expressed NTAC’s delight at hearing of the readiness of the people with disability community to work closely with the corps.

According to him, it is the mandate of the corps to send professionals to African and ACP countries on request.

Yakub said NTAC would inform its partners of the availability of professionals within the PWD community.

“I assure you that NTAC will do all it takes to work closely with NCPWD,” he said. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

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Edited by Deborah Coker/Emmanuel Yashim)

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