Persons living with disabilities want total inclusion in society


By Zainab Oyekan
Jos, Sept.17 2020 Mr Agbo Obiora, Executive Director Quantitative Magazine, said total inclusion in the society was necessary to take care of persons with disabilities (PWD).

Obiora, a PWD, said this during a one-day capacity building workshop for the media on disability rights and the use of disability right terminologies in media reportage on Thursday in Jos.

He said that the media as a critical stakeholder would enlighten the public to respect and care for PWD.

He said that the media needed to be well equipped with the right terminologies in reporting disability issues.

“Some people use wrong terminologies to describe PWD and it can be very offensive , ” he said.

The executive director said that the media would help to champion the advocacy for inclusion and paint the right picture to the public.

Mr Longji Josiah, a lawyer who is also living with disability, said that there existed enacted laws at Federal and state levels to cater for PWD .

He added that unfortunately, many people in Nigeria, especially PWD were not aware of these laws.

He said that PWD should be given equal opportunity to contribute to the society, have access to physical environment and buildings on an equal basis with others.

“Public building should be constructed with necessary accessibility aids such as lifts, ramps and other facility that would make them accessible to and usable by PWD, ” he said.

Josiah said that the various provisions faced some challenges in terms of implementation as most public buildings were not friendly to PWD.

He said that PWD should have right to education, health and first consideration in queues, accommodation and emergencies.

“PWD should have access to information without any cost just like any other person at all time without paying an interpreter,” he said.

Josiah, however, said that there were consequences for violating the rights of any PWD, the law frowned at it and any one reported would be prosecuted.

Another facilitator, Mr Joshua Yenle, said that right terminologies and interpretation would enhance inclusion and urged journalists to reflect it in their reportage.

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