The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq says, the ministry will continue to support all Persons with Disabilities PWD and the Deaf to ensure that their inclusion, rights and participation in the society are given utmost priority.
Hajiya Sadiya made the remark in Abuja on Wednesday, when she held a briefing to mark the International Week of the Deaf and International Day of Sign Languages.
This was disclosed through a release made available to Inkline Times signed by the Special Assistant to the minister, Nneka Nkem Anibeze today.
She noted that the ministry has been in the forefront of ensuring that the Nigeria Disability Commission is established to assuage the yearnings and aspirations of all persons with disabilities in Nigeria.
The minister said, “the purpose of the International Day of Sign Languages among others is to promote linguistic identity and culture of deaf people all over the world.
She however assured them that, “the Federal government, through the ministry, will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that all persons with disabilities in Nigeria are carried along in governance by removing all barriers which before now posed as hindrance for effective functioning of persons with disabilities”.
Earlier, the Secretary General of the Nigeria National Association of the Deaf, Chidi Topaz Oluije thanked the minister for marking the day in Nigeria as ten million persons are said to be deaf according to the World Health Organization.
The WHO report has shown that, ten million persons are Deaf in Nigeria. This shows that Sign Language is important for us to be able to mix with both the Deaf and the Hearing world and participate in politics, health or any sector in the country”.
The celebration stems from the United Nations Resolution A/RES/72/161 adopted in 2017 which recognizes September 23 as the International Day of Sign Languages.
The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘Reaffirming Deaf People’s Human Rights’. Also, this year’sevent will be marked from September 26-30, 2020 by all stakeholders in Kano state, Nigeria.