Abuja – The Commandant-General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Abdullahi Gana, has called on the Federal Government to put in place a national policy on employment of Persons With Disability (PWD).
This is contained in a statement signed by Emmanuel Okeh, the corps’ Spokesperson, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday.
The statement said Gana made the remarks when Dr Samuel Ankeli, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Disability Matters, paid a visit to the NSCDC commandant-general
“I will suggest that government should start with the employment of five percent of the PWDs in both public and private organisations and subsequently increase it to 10 per cent,’’ it said.
The statement said officers with disability were being co-opted into the Intelligence Unit in the NSCDC, except in a case where such officers wanted to resign willingly.
The corps helmsman congratulated Ankeli on his appointment as the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Persons with Disability.
He assured Ankeli of collaboration between the NSCDC and PWDs in the country, adding that the NSCDC as a grassroots security agency could not do away with PWDs.
In his remarks, Ankeli said the purpose of the visit was based on the need for welfare package for over 25 million persons with different disabilities in Nigeria.
He said PWDs were looking forward to be integrated into social activities nationwide.
The statement advised other people not to look down on persons with disability because they too, could contribute their quota to national growth.
It said that the NSCDC was in the best position to protect the Rights of Persons with disability in the country. (NAN)