Daily Trust (Abuja)

11 December 2012

Nigeria: FCT Minister Wants Equal Rights for Disabled Persons

Minister of State for FCT, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide, has called for equal rights for persons with disabilities in the territory in order to promote human development and equality.

She made the call on Monday in an address on the occasion of this year's International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Akinjide said, watching the National Paralympics team in the just concluded games in London proved the immense capabilities of persons with disabilities, adding that it was in the games that Nigeria won gold, silver and bronze medals.

She said that persons with disability working selflessly with the FCTA have demonstrated their commitment to effective service delivery, adding that, "this dedication to duty in my views embodies the spirit of service and such must be commended."

"The FCTA is working assiduously hard with line agencies and relevant NGOs to provide all people with the equality of access they need and deserve; because accessibility is critical to achieve the future we want as a nation", she said.

This year's International Day of Persons with Disabilities focuses on the theme: "Removing Barriers to Create an Inclusive and Accessible Society for All."

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