13th December, 2010
Nigerians from all walks of life have been blamed for the problems facingÂ thoseÂ living with challenges.
Dr. Femi Olugbile, the Chief Medical Director, Lagos State University TeachingÂ Hospital, (LASUTH), made this statement recently at a press conference toÂ commemorate this yearâ€™s United Nations Day for the persons with disabilities.
Olugbile blamed Nigerians for their inability to provide a conducive environmentÂ such as education,Â recreational facilities and legislation to protect the rights ofÂ the disabled.
He called on all Nigerians to contributeÂ their quota to alleviate the problemsÂ facing persons with difficulties and challenges.
â€œEducation is a very major problem facing persons with difficulties and challengesÂ .On the area of legislation, of course, we do not have effective legislation toÂ protect rights of the disabled and to advance their interest.
â€œWe are talking about the elevating the status of the physically and mentallyÂ challenged in our society and help to developÂ infrastructure, providing them withÂ meaningful assistance in a token. Philanthropy is an actual necessity to fufill theÂ promise to make Nigeria a better place to live for them,” the doctor stated.
Mr. Abdul Yusuf Rufai, initiator of Nigerian Professionals With Disabilities andÂ Challenges, said it isÂ mind boggling that in this 21 century, building andÂ structures are still being erected without consideration for persons withÂ disabilities.
Rufai also called on Nigerians to change their mind-set and behaviour towardsÂ persons with disabilities and difficulties.
While urging all tiers of government in the country to commence implementation ofÂ the United Nations best practices and behavour towards persons with disability, withÂ special needs, with challenges. These, he said, include acknowledging theirÂ existence, engaging them on equal terms protecting and enforcing their rights asÂ well as integrating them fully and reward them accordingly.