By Justina Auta
Gallant Women Ability Foundation (G-WAF), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), on Saturday, said it would establish a healthcare and skill acquisition centres nationwide for People with Disabilities (PWDs).
Its Founder, Mrs Olaide Awosedo, disclosed this during the launch and awareness programme on Diversity Inclusion and Belonging (DIBs) for PWDs and unveiling of the proposed Centre Initiative in Abuja.
Awosedo, also living with disability, said the proposed centre was part of the organisation’s 2021 projects aimed at improving access to healthcare services and empowerment for PWDs.
She said “the plights of PWDs have further been heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic, which exposed them to poor access to medical facilities, care and economic hardship.”
The foundation boss, who spoke on “Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act,” signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019, called for its full implementation and other policies on inclusiveness for PWDs.
On his part, Gbenga Daniel, former Governor of Ogun, emphasised the need for stakeholders to support and offer humanitarian services to PWDs.
He said “legislators have done their beats by passing the bill, signed by the President, it is left for the enforcement agencies to ensure its full implementation.”
Sen. Osita Izunaso, the Founder of Kpakpando Foundation, called on state governments to domesticate the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act.
He also called for an accurate data base that would capture the number of PWDs in the country, which would aide in planning and implementing programmes targeted at them.
Similarly, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), urged Nigerians, particularly those in diaspora to continue to support PWDs.
Dabiri-Erewa, represented by an aide, Habibat Eluameh, reiterated the support of the commission toward achieving the goals of the NGO, which would improve access to empowerment and healthcare services to PWDs.
Also, Dr Mike Omeri, former Director General of National Orientation Agency (NOA), stressed the need for a vision, self-motivation, commitment and self-belief to enable PWDs to achieve success.
Also, Mr Chibuzor Akubuike, a G-WAF member, said the proposed centre would be fully equipped with various skill acquisition equipment and tutors, a clinic, a library, ICT centre, among others, for the PWDs.
Akubuike said the centre would aide in ameliorating the sufferings of PWDs.
“It will serve as a multipurpose centre fully equipped with various skill acquisition equipment, medical clinic, library, ICT centre, among others, for the PWDs,’’ he said.
According to him, the organisation plans to train at least 1,000 PWDs women and children annually across the nation in various skills as part of its empowerment exercise. (NAN)