The National Population Commission (NPC) has estimated that out of the total population of Nigerians, 19 million are disables.
It was announced by the Chairman of the Commission, Eze Duruiheoma (SAN), this during the 73rd UN General Assembly General Discussion of Agenda 28 on Social Development at the UN headquarters in New York.
Duruiheoma goes thus, “the World Bank estimates that one billion people, or 15 per cent of the world’s population, experience some form of disabilities and the prevalence is higher for developing countries. The NPC chief said Nigeria has a policy that reserves a percentage of vacancies for the disabled, adding the corporate organizations are also encouraged to reserve two per cent for the disabled population.”
“As part of our commitment to the continuous implementation of the relevant provisions of the 2002 Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, President Muhammadu Buhari signed into law the National Senior Citizen Act 2018 early this year. The Act mandates all tiers of government, including institutions in the country, to establish National Senior Citizens Centres to ensure proper care, training, integration, orientation and re-orientation of senior citizens. This highlights the need for, and ensuring full utilisation of potential and expertise of the elderly, while recognising the benefits of increased experience through age, as well as strengthening intergenerational solidarity,” Duruiheoma said.