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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.