MINISTER of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, said the federal government is planning to launch a therapeutic sports club and civil society organization, CSO, for People with Disabilities, PWDs.

She disclosed this during the celebration of the 2020 International Day of Persons with Disabilities, IDPWDs, yesterday with the theme ‘Building Back Better: Toward a Disability-Inclusive, Accessible and Sustainable Post COVID-19 World’.

The International Day of People with Disability is being promoted by the United Nations to encourage a better understanding of people affected by a disability, together with helping to make others aware of their rights, dignity, and welfare.

“This theme is focused on ensuring that PWDs are equipped and empowered for inclusive, accessible, and sustainable development as envisaged in the COVID-19 world.

“If you recall, at the event commemorating the 2019 International Day for PWDs, I stated my commitment to ensuring the takeoff of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities. Today, I am gratified to say that on August 17, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the appointment of the board and executive secretary of the commission signifying its takeoff,” Farouq said.

The minister noted that the commission is responsible for the education, health, economic, and civil rights of PWDs, adding that it will help in promoting their participation in all aspects of life.

She urged all Nigerians “to be sensitive to the needs of PWDs and the protection of their rights by supporting the provision of an enabling environment to promote the realization of their potentials. These will enable them to live fulfilled lives and make meaningful contributions to societal growth and development.”

Faruoq said the ministry distributed palliatives to PWDs in Karmajiji, Yangoji, and other PWDs communities within the Federal Capital Territory to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that it will continue to reach out to them with its interventions.