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FG speaks on increasing recruitment quota of persons with disability

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The Federal Government has assured of an increase in the recruitment quota of Persons with Disabilities to 10 per cent.

Dr Samuel Ankeli, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Disability Matters, disclosed this in Abuja on Monday at the official inauguration of the Baseline Survey of PWDs to mark the International Day with Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), NAN reports.

Ankeli in the event tagged `Empowering Persons with Disabilities and Ensuring their Inclusiveness and Equality.’
urged PWDs to come up with a memo while assuring that relevant actions would be taken to improve the lives of the people.

“It has been observed that those who are educated enough for employment have not been given a fair share of the Federal Civil Service openings.

“It is a normal government procedure to improve policies where need be.

“It’s a policy decision and the Head of Service (HOS) with her team will prepare a document for the attention of the President to see how we can do things as urgently as possible.

“This will help us to improve the recruitment quota of PWDs from the negligible two per cent to 10 per cent and provide an allowance to cushion the expenses and extra stresses of PWDs.

“I am sure that with the proper document, which is a memo to the President, the relevant actions will be taken on it to improve the lives of PWDs,’’ he said.

Also, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, Head of Service of the Federation (HOSF), said the theme was apt as it spelt out the objectives of the baseline survey of PWDs employed in the Federal Civil Service.

Oyo-Ita noted that the survey would go a long way to reassure PWDs in the service that issues of their welfare are on the front burner.

She said the survey was meant to position the officers to integrate PWDs for national development.

The Head of Service added that the project, which is a pilot project, would be conducted in the office.

According to her, the project will subsequently be extended to other Ministries, Departments and Agencies and the states.

She said the time is ripe to begin effective planning for the future of PWDs in the service and the ultimate goal is the development of a comprehensive policy to address the challenges.

“ The launch is expected to provide the aggregated data of PWDs in the civil service, in order to enable the service welfare to design a programme that tackles the challenges.

“To create more opportunities for PWDs to get into job and full range effective service, sustainable change will be realised when all concerned are empowered.

“The Federal Government is working to lessen inequality in the society, the office will also continue to provide PWDs with requirements to work effectively in a conducive environment,’’ she said.

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