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Senate urges FG to fund commission for the disabled

Senate urges FG to fund commission for the disabled

The Senate Monday called on the Federal Government to fund the newly established National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD).

The upper chamber made the call through its Committee on Sports, Youth and Social Development, during screening of nominees for the position of Chairman and members of the board of the Commission.

The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Obinna Ogba (PDP Ebonyi Central), said adequate funding would help the commission achieved its objective.

He said, “We thank the executive for setting up the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities and nominating persons to run it , but putting such intervention mechanism in place without required funding , will defeat the purpose for which it was established .

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” On our own part here in the Senate and by extension , the National Assembly, having through legislation, facilitated the establishment of the commission, we shall at any given time make required appropriation for effective and efficient functioning of the commission.

“It is a welcome development that appointments of nominees into the commission are being screened four days after the International Day for Persons Leaving with Disabilities (PLD) marked on December 3 on yearly basis,” he said .

The nominees are Hussaini Kangiwa (Chairman), North West; Oparaku Jaja (member), South East; and Philomena Konwea, South -South (member).

Others are Omopariola Oluwasola (member), South West; Amina Audu (member), North West; Esther Awu (member) North Central and Abba Ibrahim (member), North East .