Action Aid Nigeria pleads with Governments at all level to invest more in infrastructure public services for persons with disability

Written by on December 6, 2021

An NGO Action Aid Nigeria has made a plea on Governments at all level to invest more in infrastructure and public services that meet the needs of persons with disability [PWDs].

The body made this known on the sidelines of this year’s International Day of Persons with Disability with the theme Leadership and Participation of persons with disabilities towards an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world in a press release signed by its Communications Coordinator Lola Ayanda.

Quoting Country Director, Ene Obi, Ayanda said that Action Aid began working on disability issues prior to 2015 when world leaders committed to achieving SDG4 to deliver equitable, inclusive, and quality education for all by 2030 and from its evidence-based approach to work over the years showcases challenges faced by Persons with Disability, which includes disability and gender gaps and most children with disability are out of school because of their non-enrollment due to their condition.

The body noted that despite progress made in ratifying the Policy on Inclusive Education in Nigeria, current education resources are insufficient to achieve inclusive education as only two percent of the Consolidated Revenue Fund to the Universal Basic Education Commission is provided for special needs, dearth of workforce.

It added that just 20 per cent of 8.3 billion dollars lost to unnecessary tax incentive in Nigeria could pay for the recruitment and remuneration of estimated deficit of 790,422 primary school teachers required in the country.

ActionAid Nigeria commends the Federal Government on the establishment of the National Commission for Persons with Disability (NCPWD) and call for more investment in infrastructure and public services to ensure that PWDs participate equally and meaningfully in all processes; designing, legislating and budgeting for

With less than 10 years for attaining the 2030 SDGs, it is crucial that the Federal Government take concrete actions to honor the UN commitments and mobilize all available resources to deliver on SDG4 thereby ensuring no child is left behind especially at a time when the world is dealing with a pandemic beginning with the 2022 Appropriation Bill.

Seun Fakorede                

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