Group makes case for the physically challenged
Governments both at the federal and state levels have been called upon to make good policies that will empower People Living With Disabilities (PLWD) to enhance their quality of lives.
Coordinator of Knowledge For The Blind Initiative (KFBI), a Non-Governmental Organization, Andrew Gani-Ikilama, made the call recently in Kaduna, while commemorating the 2015 World Disability Day.
According to the coordinator, the vision of KFBI is to provide knowledge for quality life to persons who are leaving with sight-related challenges so that, they can live life to their maximum potential.
He said people with special abilities are part and parcel of the society who contribute to it in one way or the other, but suffer lots of discrimination and stigmatization.
“In the normal course of our work, we have observed, no doubt, like most Nigerians that access for all people of all abilities is a major challenge. Access and empowerment is the right of every human being, no matter the challenge they were born with or have acquired in life.
“Every minute a person goes blind somewhere in the world. Every five seconds a child goes blind. The Nigerian national burden of disability is unarguably not less than 20 million citizens of all ages. Not less than 25 percent of this number is living with blindness or low vision.
“Blindness results to many things, including low quality life, higher level of poverty (for over 80 percent of this segment of people), lack of full realization of skills potential, hampered access to aspect of life that would ordinarily interest the person, stereotyping and stigmatization,” he said.
Gani-Ikilama further called on the public to always check their eyes on a regular basis to keep it healthy.