5 November 2012

Nigeria: Policy Document for Albinos Ready

Photo: IRIN
An Albino boy carries a baby.

The draft National Policy on Albinism has been submitted to the Federal Government with Minister of State for Education Barrister Nyesom Wike promising to make challenges of albinism a priority.

Wike, who received the report from the National Committee which developed the draft document, said it was necessary for the Federal Government to re-appraise its approach and method of engagement in tackling issues of albinism.

The document seeks to make it a matter of policy that special provisions be made for albinos to make learning easier since most have poor vision and can hardly cope in schools.

The minister promised the document would get prompt attention so that Persons With Albinism are re-integrated into the mainstream of society.

Earlier, founder of The Albino Foundation (TAF) Jake Epelle said with such a document in place, more albinos would be interested in pursuing education, thus contributing to the national development.

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