Discrimination against persons with disabilities have proven to be one of the major backdrop in the growth of human capital sufficiency in a developing nation like Nigeria. Therefore, a clarion call has been made to all Nigerians to imbibe the culture of adoption where persons with disability are either taken into residence or supported from wherever they are, in order to ensure the realisation and utilization of their full potentials.
This call to action was made by Senator Osota Izunaso during the official launch of the Gallant Women Ability Foundation in Abuja. He said the practice where people Adopt only able persons was discriminatory and inimical to the attainment of public good through the utilization of their potentials for the nation’s human capital. He said the signing of the PWD Act by Mr. President recently, should give a boost to inclusiveness for all as a matter of right.
G-WAF, is a UK based organization founded by Olaide Awosedo. In her remark, Awosede urged the society not to judge people with disabilities wrongly. She said the 27million Nigerian suffering from disability are not factored into planing and infrastructure such as education, banks schools hotels and public institutions rather, it is of pity and neglect. She commended the Government for giving effect to the law of rights of PWD after over 2 decades of struggle.
The event was graced by prominent Nigerians, significant among them were former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Dr. Mike Omeri former DG of the NOA, Special Adviser to the President on PWD, representatives of the Nigeria Diaspora Commission, Hon. Yemi Arokodare, Mrs. Marilyn Ogar former DSS Spokesperson, captains of Industry among several others in hand to lend support to the foundation.