The Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) has called on the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD) and the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) to apply appropriate policy such as the Federal Character principle to ensure that no section of the country dominates the NCPWD in its recruitment process.
The statement was contained in a press release issued by the Executive Director of CCD, David O. Anyaele.
Mr Anyaele lamented that the existing one-sided disability-related appointments by the President should not be sustained in the recruitment of staff of the Disability Commission.
Anyaele stressed that similar situation whereby out of the four (SSA and SA on Disability Matters to the President, Chairman, and Executive Secretary of NCPWD) prominent appointments made by President Mohammadu Buhari so far, all of them are from the Northern part of the country, must be avoided.
According to the CCD boss, “the struggle that led to the passage of the National Disability Law and the establishment of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD) was a collective action by all PWDs.
“Disability activists from all corners of Nigeria worked tirelessly to ensure an end to discrimination and other harmful practices.
“Therefore, where there is an opportunity, the Federal Government of Nigeria must ensure that no part of the country is left behind in the recruitment and appointment from the disability community,” he added.
CCD will continue to monitor trends in the polity to ensure the rights of persons with disabilities are protected against discrimination and other harmful practices.