One billion people live with disabilities worldwide – Aremu

Tunde Akanbi

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A frontline Nigerian Labour Leader, Comrade issa Aremu says an estimated one billion people live with some disabilities.

 

Comrade Aremu stated this in Ilorin the Kwara state capital in his keynote address at the 2019 International Day of Persons With Disability (IDPD) held at Justice Mustapha Akanbi foundation hall.

 

According to him, as many as twenty five million Nigerians are living with sundry disabilities.

 

The Labour leader said people with such disabilities face many barriers to inclusion in many key aspects of society, the most unacceptable being stigmatization.

 

He lamented that People Living With Disabilities (PLWD) often do not enjoy access to society on an equal basis with others in critical areas of financing, housing, transportation, employment, and education as well as social and political participation.

 

Comrade Aremu added that the United Nations has observed that the right to participate in public life is essential to create stable democracies, active citizenship and reduce inequality in society.

 

He commended the PLWDs in Kwara state for their activism in promoting the interests of the physically challenged.

 

The theme of this year’s International Day of Persons With Disability is “Promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leadership: taking action on the 2030 Development Agenda “.

 

L.Nasir