U.S. Embassy ends 2 months Global Sports Mentoring Program to Advocate, Promote Disability Inclusiveness.

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By: Joy Odor/Abuja

The U.S. Embassy has ended its two months Global Sports Mentoring Program and Paralympic Tournament for students with disabilities.About one hundred \nstudents from five secondary schools in Abuja between the ages of 12-17 participated in the program which was conducted by the Nigeria Paralympic Committee.

The Country Public Affairs Officer at the United States Embassy, Mr Haruna Amirthanayagam who disclosed this during the tournament in Abuja Saturday, said the program is to advocate and Promote sportsmanship in disabled and more inclusiveness.

According to him, the students have been working hard for the past two months of the training, workshops, seminar to promote leaderships, mentorship, and understanding of disability rights in Nigeria.

Mr Amirthanayagam believed that some of them will be selected to go to U.S for sports visit while hoping that the physical exercise will further help to boost their talents.

In his address, the Special Adviser to Special Duties, office of the Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Disability, Prince David Yibel mentioned that the implementation process for the bill for disability will come to past in no distance time.

He disclosed that the Presidential Disability Dialogue Commission has create a forum were the disabled will have direct interface with President Buhari to be hard and to know their challenges.

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare respresented by the Deputy Director Mrs Joyce Ezealah-Ogundare promised to support the disabled students through partnership of the US goverment to ensure the objective of the parasports will be achieved.

Also commenting, the President, Paralympic Committee Nigeria, Retired Brigadier General Emico Eruwa said parasports is a welcome joy as they have been the saving grace for Nigeria sports.

Represented by Retired Brigadier General Lonsdale Adeoyeri, Retired Brigadier General Eruwa called on more organzations for montoring and partnership to assist in promoting parasports in Nigeria as it is a wake up call to other Embassies in Nigeria to assist disabilies on parasports which is an added value to them.

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