The Need to work and harness the power of technology to promote the inclusion and to help realize the full and equal participation of Persons with Disabilities in national development efforts will be the main focus, as Nigeria joins the rest of the world to celebrate the 2014 International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Wednesday the 3rd of December.
With the theme, “Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology”, this year’s celebration is therefore aimed at highlighting available technologies to support the activities and economic production of Persons with Disabilities, so as to ensure their optimal contribution to national growth and development.
According to the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zainab Maina, a lot of Persons with Disabilities are resourceful and are venturing into various economic empowerment programmes, even as she expressed optimism that they can do a lot more if supported and encouraged, especially with the use of simple and accessible machines.
Hajiya Maina therefore enjoins stakeholders to mark the day with activities that will focus on issues related to the inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in society and development, both as beneficiaries and agents of change.
United nations General Assembly Resolution of 1992 instituted 3rd December of every year as a day for Persons with Disabilities. The Resolution called on Member Nations and Organizations to observe the day every year and intensify their efforts towards improving the situation of Persons With Disabilities.
Saghir el Mohammed
Women Affairs, Abuja