President Buhari has approved the establishment of the Nigeria Disability Databank – Dr. Samuel Ankeli, the senior special assistant on disability matters, disclosed this on Tuesday, August 11 – The databank will capture all the people living with disability, less privileged and IDPs in the country A report by Daily Trust indicates that the establishment and implementation of the Nigeria Disability Databank have been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari. This is part of measures by the current administration to cater to all the People Living with Disability (PLWD), less privileged, and the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the county. This was disclosed by Dr. Samuel Ankeli, the senior special assistant on disability matters, at a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday, August 11. Recall that the Nigerian leader in many of his public addresses confirmed his administration will run an all-inclusive government, with special attention to the less privileged and disabled. This development is coming more than a year after President Buhari signed into law, legislation that would criminalize common discrimination against persons with disabilities. Ita Enang, the senior special assistant to the president on National Assembly, said the act prohibits all forms of discrimination on ground of disability and imposes fine of N1,000,000 for corporate bodies and N100,000 for individuals or a term of six months imprisonment for violation. According to him, concurrently it guarantees the right to maintain civil action for damage by the person injured against any defaulter.
The NOA-FCT in collaboration with Business and Professional Women (BPW) Nigeria, noted that children living with disabilities in Nigeria have special needs and require learning aids to help them join in the online classes most schools are running this period. The agency quoted a visually impaired assistant chief education officer in the federal ministry of education, Ms Oluchi Okpara, who spoke on the need to make provisions for this category of Nigerians.