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PWDs: Domesticating Disability Act, key to achieving SDGs – Institute

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 Africa Polling Institute API says domestication of the Discrimination Against Persons with Disability Act 2018 is the key to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs in Nigeria The Institute a non profit research institute stated this at the launch of the National Disability Data in Nigeria Report on Thursday in Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria report that the institution s report is a key component of the Nigeria Disability Research Project carried out by API in collaboration with the National Bureau of Statistics NBS NAN also report that the project which had the support of the Ford Foundation was done to develop a reservoir of data of Persons with Disabilities PWDs in the country Dr Olugbenga Ogunmefun Acting Executive Director API said that lack of data of PWDs had contributed to the various problems and challenges facing the group He said that to enhance the functionality and productivity of PWDs deliberate efforts must be made towards domesticating the Act in all states and the Federal Capital Territory FCT In 2021 we had a grant from Ford Foundation to go into the disability community to gather data and to have an action research Particularly as regards the domestication of the Disability Act as signed by President Muhammadu Buhari we did that and we have four reports at the end of the whole exercise The first is the Action Research which has to do with why states have not domesticated the Act the challenges and differences in it The second has to do with the sexual and gender based violence and violence against people with disabilities he said Ogunmefun said that others are the integrated indicators into the national survey carried out by the NBS with more than 56 000 sample size The last one is the tool formulated by our lead consultant for use both within the public and private sectors to aid inclusion of persons with disabilities For the section on sexual and gender based violence against persons with disabilities for instance we found that those violence are done by those closest to them For the Action Research there are lacks of political will in some states as at the time we went into the field we found out that only 13 states out of the 36 states and the FCT have domesticated the Act he said Ogunmefun said that from the data collected there are numerous inhibitions on the path of Nigerians that live with disabilities He said that the tool developed by the researchers were something that would enable agencies to make sure that there was inclusiveness of PWDs Prof Elias Wahab Deputy Vice Chancellor Lagos State University and a scholar on the project said it was important for Nigeria to promote an inclusive society for all Nigeria will gain a lot from this report because if we look at the SDGs about five of them concerns persons with disabilities When we provide access to equal education for all Nigerians irrespective of form of disability access to science and innovation employment and way of life amongst other will be beneficial The Federal Government should make sure other states domesticate the Act and once it is domesticated implementation will make sure that people with disabilities are given their rights of place he said On his part Dr Israel Balogun Consultant to API added that massive awareness on the plights of persons with disabilities must be made by the government There are a lot of barriers that persons with disabilities face ranging from attitudinal legislative and policy barrier information and communication as well as environmental barriers However these barriers are everywhere but we need to change our orientation and the need for awareness to be raised so that people will know that disabilities are not only about visible disabilities We need to change the attitude of people so that they can accept persons with disabilities as equal he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
PWDs: Domesticating Disability Act, key to achieving SDGs – Institute

1 Africa Polling Institute (API) says domestication of the Discrimination Against Persons with Disability Act (2018), is the key to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Nigeria.

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2 The Institute, a non-profit research institute, stated this at the launch of the “National Disability Data in Nigeria Report”, on Thursday in Abuja.

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3 The News Agency of Nigeria report that the institution’s report is a key component of the Nigeria Disability Research Project carried out by API, in collaboration with the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

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4 NAN also report that the project which had the support of the Ford Foundation, was done to develop a reservoir of data of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in the country.

5 Dr Olugbenga Ogunmefun, Acting Executive Director, API, said that lack of data of PWDs had contributed to the various problems and challenges facing the group.

6 He said that to enhance the functionality and productivity of PWDs, deliberate efforts must be made towards domesticating the Act in all states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

7 “In 2021 we had a grant from Ford Foundation to go into the disability community to gather data and to have an action research.

8 “Particularly, as regards the domestication of the Disability Act as signed by President Muhammadu Buhari, we did that and we have four reports at the end of the whole exercise.

9 “The first is the Action Research which has to do with why states have not domesticated the Act, the challenges and differences in it.

10 “The second has to do with the sexual and gender-based violence and violence against people with disabilities,’’ he said.

11 Ogunmefun said that others are the integrated indicators into the national survey carried out by the NBS with more than 56,000 sample size.

12 “The last one is the tool formulated by our lead consultant for use both within the public and private sectors to aid inclusion of persons with disabilities.

13 “For the section on sexual and gender-based violence against persons with disabilities for instance, we found that those violence are done by those closest to them.

14 “For the Action Research, there are lacks of political will in some states, as at the time we went into the field, we found out that only 13 states out of the 36 states and the FCT have domesticated the Act,’’ he said.

15 Ogunmefun said that from the data collected, there are numerous inhibitions on the path of Nigerians that live with disabilities.

16 He said that the tool developed by the researchers were something that would enable agencies to make sure that there was inclusiveness of PWDs.
Prof. Elias Wahab, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Lagos State University and a scholar on the project said it was important for Nigeria to promote an inclusive society for all.

17 “Nigeria will gain a lot from this report because if we look at the SDGs, about five of them concerns persons with disabilities.

18 “When we provide access to equal education for all Nigerians, irrespective of form of disability, access to science and innovation, employment and way of life amongst other will be beneficial.

19 “The Federal Government should make sure other states domesticate the Act and once it is domesticated, implementation will make sure that people with disabilities are given their rights of place,” he said.

20 On his part, Dr Israel Balogun, Consultant to API, added that massive awareness on the plights of persons with disabilities must be made by the government.

21 “There are a lot of barriers that persons with disabilities face, ranging from attitudinal, legislative and policy barrier, information and communication as well as environmental barriers.

22 “However, these barriers are everywhere but we need to change our orientation and the need for awareness to be raised so that people will know that disabilities are not only about visible disabilities.

23 “We need to change the attitude of people so that they can accept persons with disabilities as equal,” he said.

NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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