Ms Ololade Ogunnubi, President, Lola Cater for the Needy Foundation, a non-governmental organisation, says Persons Living With Disabilities (PLWDs) deserve to live in an atmosphere of love and respect, irrespective of their circumstances.
Ogunnubi made this known while speaking with Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Abuja.
She said that it was important for the government at all levels to increase the employment quota for persons with disabilities to enable them to contribute to the society.
Ogunnubi said that parents of persons with disabilities be encouraged at all times to enable them to ignore social stigma and focus on how to groom their children for a better future.
“I want to implore Nigerians and especially the federal and state governments to increase the employment quota for PLWDs.
“Hospitals, banks, schools and other public facilities must also be made comfortable for them as they deserve a decent living just like any other human being.
“The government should also look at ways of assisting their parents by including them in the universal health coverage to address their health challenges.
“We have to stop treating PLWDs like they are not part of us because if they continue to face hostility in their own country, where do you expect them to run,” she asked.
Ogunnubi noted that everyone was responsible for creating a world where persons with disabilities would be safe, protected and empowered.
“They deserve to live in a peaceful, friendly and inclusive society devoid of favouritism and segregation,” she added.
Edited & Vetted By: Razak Owolabi/Kayode Olaitan