The Albino Foundation has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to consider giving `just-one’ ministerial slot to People Living with Disabilities (PLWD) in the country.
The founder of the foundation, Mr Jake Epelle, made the plea on Friday in Enugu while speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria .
Epelle said that the gesture would give millions of PLWD in Nigeria a sense of belonging.
“I am calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to consider giving `just-one’ ministerial slot to People Living with Disabilities (PLWD) in order to include us properly in his cabinet.
“Buhari has promised on various occasions that he would run an inclusive government in his second term in office.
“This inclusion means that PLWDs will be given at least `just-one’ ministerial position. This is what we are clamouring for.
“It must not necessary be me or someone from my foundation but any PLWD personality that he deems fit,’’ he said.
Epelle also urged the Federal Government to set-up inter-ministerial committee to see to the establishment of the National Disabilities Commission, which was embedded in the Disabilities Act.
“The commission has a lot to do for PLWDs as enshrined in the Disabilities Act.
“It is important to us since setting it up would show concrete desire of government to implement the Disabilities Act to the latter,’’ he said.
He, however, thanked the National Assembly for the recent gazette of the Disabilities Act, thus, making it a law of reference to all.