The Kwara State Association of the Deaf has called on governments at all level to always remember the deaf in their agenda and reserve some slots for qualified deaf Nigerians into the government agencies.
The state chairman of the association, Mr. Ridwan Hassan made the call during a Press Conference held at NUJ Press Centre, Ilorin today as part of activities lined up for this year International week for the deaf celebration.
The theme for this year celebration is “Nigerian Disability Rights Act: Sign Language Rights and Full Inclusion for the Deaf”.
Hassan, who had thanked the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Mall. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq for employing five disabled at the School for Special Needs, Ilorin, requested for more slots in other sector of economy.
“We immensely appreciate the state Governor, Mall. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq for his show of interest in us through employment, we pray that the Governor will establish an agency for the care and development of persons with disabilities in Kwara State. This will go a long way to create atmosphere of goodness and development for our people from the government”, Hassan said.
The association also demanded that government should, as a matter of urgency, establish an office for the disabled, most especially for the deaf to show that they care for persons with disabilities.
Hassan said further that “deaf persons have demonstrated ability to do any work for which they qualified by virtues of education and experience. So deaf community has produced medical doctors, engineers, as well as skilled craftsmen/women.
“The concerns of deaf community are the need for governments and all stakeholders in the society to work with us for us”, he added.
President Muhammadu Buhari had signed the disability bill into law on the 23rd of January, 2019.
The Nigeria National Association of the Deaf is the umbrella body of the deaf in Nigeria. It was established in 1979 to protect the rights of the deaf and promote the political and socio-economic empowerment of the Nigerian deaf.
The association in the state is marking its 7th Annual week celebration. Among activities lined up includes: thanksgiving services, Rally and awareness Campaign, health awareness and lectures.