Mrs Comfort Olusegun, an educationist, has urged government at all levels to strive to construct disability friendly facilities for disabled persons in the country.
Olusegun, a proprietress of a private school in Ilorin, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Ilorin.
She noted that d most facilities in public places across the country were too stressful for physically challenged persons to cope with and enjoy.
According to her, most existing hospitals and schools have staircases where one needs to climb before accessing, which is usually difficult for the physically challenged in the country to cope with.
“Government must consider the physically challenged when constructing facilities where wheel chairs can easily ride in.
“Even most schools have their classes up stairs, where the physically challenged find it difficult to navigate through, unless they are helped.
“It is time for the government to put the disabled persons into consideration before constructing any facility especially in our hospitals and schools.
“We cannot be stressing them unnecessarily.
”Most seats in public places often times cannot be used by physically challenged persons. Most times, it is either the chairs are too high or too low for them. Government must include them in their plans,” she said.
The proprietress also advised the public to stop discriminating against them and relate with them as expected.
“Disability is not a disease, relate with them and support them wherever you come across one. They need us more than food,” she said.
Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)