Sebastien, 10, uses his crutches to navigate a drainage ditch in the tent camp where he lives in the Carrefour neighborhood of Port-au-Prince on Saturday, October 30, 2010. His mother was killed and his leg crushed in the January 12 earthquake. He now lives with his aunt, uncle and a lot of cousins. (Photo by Allison Shelley for CBM)

Agency Report

Over 25 million Nigerians living with disabilities lacked access to information about government policies and programs, an aide to the President has said.

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Dr Samuel Ankeli, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Disability Matters said this when he visited Dr Garba Abari, the Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA) in his office in Abuja.

Those with disabilities be granted free access to policies

Ankeli, appealed to the agency to create the enabling environment for a free to access government policies and programmes as a matter of their rights to enjoy the dividends of democracy.

He said it was a deliberate policy of the present administration to reach out to persons living with disability.

Earlier, Abari said the need for government policies and programmes to have inputs from persons living disabilities.

He described their non-participation as “un-justified and morally wrong”.

According to him, it is their right to know and make inputs in government policies and programmes.

Abari assured the SSA of the agency’s readiness to partner with his office to ensure that the vulnerable groups partake in key programmes of government that affect their well-being.

He stressed the need to give priority to both able bodied Nigerians and the ones living with disabilities in the country.