The Albino Foundation Africa (TAF Africa) has requested that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu appoint people with disabilities (PWDs) as special advisers and ministers for inclusion and national development.
At a news conference yesterday in Abuja, the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of TAF Africa, Ambassador Jake Epelle, stated that the appointment of PWDs with the necessary qualifications to be part of Tinubu’s cabinet was critical because they are citizens who want to serve the country.
Epelle, who also serves as the convener of Disability Inclusion Nigeria, stated that they have written an open letter to President Tinubu requesting such appointments.
It is an unfortunate reality that PWDs in our society often face significant barriers to accessing basic rights and opportunities. Despite the progress made in recent years, we continue to witness the marginalisation and exclusion of this significant population.
We strongly urge you to prioritise the inclusion of persons with disabilities (PWDs) in your cabinet appointments, thereby fostering an inclusive and representative government. As the leader of our great nation, you have the power to change this narrative and make a resounding statement about the values and potential of persons with disabilities.
By including PWDs in your cabinet, you would not only ensure their representation in decision-making processes but also harness their unique perspectives and expertise, Epelle said.
He said the experiences and insights of PWDs can greatly contribute to the development and implementation of policies that address the specific needs and challenges faced by the community.