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COVID -19 : PWDs in Kaduna wants inclusion in state’s palliative committee

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Joint Association of People with Disabilities (JONAPWD) Kaduna State Chapter,  has urged the state government to include its members in the distribution  committee of government’s palliative for vulnerable persons in the state.

JONAPWD is the umbrella body that speaks on behalf of people with disabilities in Kaduna

Chairman of JONAPWD, Malam Suleiman Abdullazez stated this in a statement made  available to Nigeria News Agency on Monday in Kaduna.

Abdullazez said the committee on relief material set up by the state government did not include JONAPWD (persons with disabilities) members from state to Local Government Area levels.

According to him,  the committee that is on ground to provide assistance to the most vulnerable in the society at the local government area  and wards,  ought to give  priority to PWDs.

“It appears that we are being  discriminated upon and  neglected by the committee.

” It’s  very disheartening to note that PWDs are not being captured in the distribution of palliatives.

“We, therefore, call for a review of the committee to include people with disability as this will give us a sense of belonging and inclusiveness, ” he said.

According to him,  COVID – 19 pandemic is a national calamity that has no respect for anyone,  able or disabled,  rich or poor.

The lockdown enforced by the Kaduna state government did not exempt  persons with disabilities.

” We want to inform you that if the Coronavirus do not kill disabled persons in Kaduna state,   surely hunger will kill our members,” he lamented.

The chairman, however, wished Gov. Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna quick recovery and prayed  that Allah would bring  an end to the Coronavirus pandemic  in Nigeria, Kaduna state and the world in general.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and Isaac Ukpoju
(NAN)