By Joy Odor
The All Progressive Congress (APC) Person’s With Disability (PWDs) National and Zonal Leaders have resolved to take a radical shift from business as usual where giving handouts wheelchairs, cups of staples, spaghetti, among others in the name of empowerment to all PWDs in elections campaigns.
They made the resolvment in a communique issued at the end of its second meeting of PWDs National and Zonal Leaders interface to chart a course for the members across Nigeria.
According to PWDs, they have marshalled out plans to mobilize PWDs for APC victory in all elections and consequently secure a better life and economic prosperity for their members.
They affirmed to go back to their States and zones to establish all inclusive PWDs campaign structure to the polling units to work for the re -election of APC Governors and other candidates of the party, while respect the party’s constitution and leadership structure.
The National and Zonal PWDs called on all clusters of PWDs in Nigeria and in diaspora to scale up their support for the leadership of APC come 2023 general elections.
“Our quest to change the economic fortunes of the members of the PWDs community through dignifying, resourceful and sustainable opportunities will gain momentum soon. We will put in place workable plans and programmes, designed in recognition of the peculiarities of the needs and challenges of each zone.
“Approval have been given to all zonal leaders to initiate and implement programmes in their zones and the respective states. We will scale up our advocacy for better life for PWDs via economic empowerment and financial inclusion.
“First we thank immensely our great leader, the President and Commander in Chief of the armed forces, President Muhammad Buhari, GCFR for assenting to the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Bill as passed by the National Assembly.
“President Buhari has shown commitment by his various intervention programmes for PWDs, that he is indeed a progressive leader and a man of history. We call on all clusters of PWDs in Nigeria and in diaspora to scale up their support for this great leader.
“We profusely appreciate the support we have enjoyed under the leadership of Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, the National Chairman, and all members of NWC for their consistent support and solidarity with PWDs.
“We shall mobilize PWDs for PVC collection to ensure victory for the BAT/Shettima Presidential ticket because it is the best for Nigeria.
“We agreed to set up PWDs Campaign Council for BAT/Shettima 2023 to ensure victory knowing that APC is for Nigerians and Nigerians are for APC.
“In a bid to engender unity in our ranks, reconciliatory moves are ongoing at the National, Zonal and State levels to pacify all members of the community. We will scale up our advocacy for better life for PWDs via economic empowerment and financial inclusion.
A workshop to train, re-orientate and improve significantly the capacity of PWDs leaders at Zonal and State levels is billed for the first week of August in Abuja.
We are passionately appealing to the state Governors, Speakers of State House of Assembly and distinguished stakeholders to ensure immediate passage and domestication of the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act, 2018 as signed by our dearest President Muhammad Buhari as a matter of urgency and life saving.
The only gift and enduring legacy any governor can bequeath to the PWDs community is to domesticate the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act, 2018 in his state.
We are looking forward to seeing the appointment of PWDs as Ministers, Commissioners, Chairpersons of major statutory boards and parastatals of government henceforth.
APC, Zonal Leaders passed a vote of confidence on the APC, National Leader, PWDs, Hon Tolu Bankole for his sterling and unifying leadership since assuming office.
We appreciate the prominent roles you all have played as media practitioners in spotlighting and highlighting our plights. We remain partners.
1. Hon. ‘Tolu Bankole, (APC, National Leader, PWDs)
2. Hon. Mohammed Abba Isa, (APC, Zonal Leader, PWDs, North East)
3. Hon. Audu Lazarus Loho, (APC, Zonal Leader, PWDs, North Central)
4. Dr Nwachukwu Stanley, (APC, Zonal Leader, PWDs, South East).
5. Hon. M. Lawal Na-Rogo, (APC, Zonal Leader, PWDs, North West)” they said