PAULETTE ORJIME, Abuja
SENIOR Special Adviser (SSA) to the President on Disability Matters, Dr. Samuel Ankeli , has launched a National Disability Campaign Committee for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The SSA, who made the launching on Wednesday in Nasarawa State, charged members of the committee to mobilise Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) across the country to support the re-election of President Buhari.
Ankeli said mobilising support for the President was important considering the efforts he had made in recent times to ensure inclusiveness and mainstreaming of PWDs.
‘‘We appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari whom God has used to put smiles on the faces of PWDs. For the first time in the history of Nigeria, we have a voice in government.“We are hoping that as he wins in 2019, we pray for more appointments including ministerial position for PWDs in the country.
“We are also grateful to the leadership of the APC that has considered us worthy of being active political citizens in Nigeria. We are, therefore, prepared to do great things for this country”, the SSA added.
Ankeli urged the PWDs to come out en masse to vote for Buhari so as to have more opportunities during his second term.He noted that registered PWDs numbering about two million people would make a huge contribution toward the re-election of the president.
The SSA gave the assurance that there would be more local and international scholarships for PWDs to enable them to pursue their education, adding that the dropout syndrome of children with disabilities would also be reduced drastically.
Ankeli also appealed to Buhari to sign the Disability Bill into law before the end of January.He noted that “it is not a condition for him to get us to vote for him. We know that whatever happens he is on our side.”
Mr. Paul Adelabu, the Southwest Zonal Coordinator of PWDs, observed that signing the bill would give PWDs more confidence and strength to participate fully in the elections.He expressed his gratitude to the National Assembly for expediting the passage of the bill.
Meanwhile, the campaign committee members are made up of six zonal coordinators and 13 directors .
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