People Living With Disability, PLWD, in Sokoto state joined their counterparts worldwide, to mark this year’s International Day of Persons with Disability, in conjunction with Leprosy Mission Nigeria, Joint Association of People Living With Disability and Give Care to Young Lives.
Activities to mark the day include, Road Walk round Sokoto metropolis that, terminated at the Central Motor Park, and a public lecture held at the Sultan Machido Institute for Quaranic and General Studies
At the Sokoto Central Motor Park, where they were received by Alhaji Labaran Abubakar, branch Secretary, on behalf of Alhaji Modin Modi, Chairman,.Nigeria Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, Taxi long journey branch, Sokoto state, Alhaji Labaran pointed that, there was no discrimination against anyone that patronizes facilities and services rendered within the park.
The scribe pointed out that there are people with one form or other of disability among bonafide members of the union and, there has never been any report of discrimination against them within the park
Mr Ameh Jerry, Sokoto state coordinator, ‘Give Care to Young Lives’ in his presentation, called on all and sundy to henceforth eschew all forms of discrimination and isolation of persons with disabilities.
He said, ‘though, diverse factors are largely responsible for certain disabilities in human beings, no human race, either in the developed, developing and under developed world that is immune to this challenges.
“For some, the cause might be parental neglect and carelessness on the part of caregivers. For others, it might be because of accidents and unforeseen catastrophes. Yet others are better discribed as God’s making to enable us honour the creator.
“Not minding the cause, however these people with Special Needs are undoubtedly very unique. Their strength is unimaginable. They are enviable human beings that needs our collective support at all times.”
In her presentation titled, ‘Impact of Discrimination/Isolation of Person With Disability Rules of Government,’ Professor Maryam Koko, called on governments at all levels to initiate programmes and policies that will allow for self sufficiency and full realization of PLWD potentials.
She advocated for joint support to people living with disability as, there are more than enough abilities in disabilities.