Lagos - The Minister of Women Affairs and Social
Development, Zainab Maina, called for the harnessing of the power of technology
to enable disabled members of the community participate in national
She said this would be the main focus as Nigeria joins the
rest of the world to celebrate the 2014 International Day of Persons with
Disabilities on Wednesday.
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The theme of the event is, “Sustainable Development - the
Promise of Technology.”
The Minister said the event is aimed at highlighting
available technologies to support the activities and economic production of
persons with disabilities to ensure their optimal contribution to national
growth and development.
“The United Nations General Assembly Resolution of 1992
instituted the third day of December in every year as the day for Persons with
Disabilities. The Resolution called on member - nations and organizations to
observe the day every year and intensify their efforts towards improving the
situation of Persons With Disabilities,” she added.
Maina said some persons with disabilities were resourceful
and were venturing into various economic empowerment programmes.
“They can do a lot more if supported and encouraged,
especially with the use of simple and accessible machines,” she said.
- CAJ News