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Association wants political space for physically-challenged

13 August 2013, 16:18

Ijebu-Ode - The Ogun chapter of Joint National Association of Persons with Disability has appealed to political parties in the country to allow physically-challenged persons the opportunity to participate in politics.

Adebesin Adesuyi, spokesperson of the association, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Ijebu-Ode.

Adesuyi said that politics was a no-go-area for members of the association because they were discriminated against and neglected by political parties.
He said that members of the association included educated persons who could seek election into political office.

“We want to urge political parties in the country to give us the opportunity to participate in politics so that we can contribute our quota to national development.

“Just the way political parties created a unit for women and the youth, the same thing should be done for physically-challenged persons.

“This will not only encourage some of us who are educated to go into politics, but it will also give us a sense of belonging.

“Although we are physically-challenged in one form or the other, we still have our quota to contribute to the national development,’’ he said

Adesuyi also urged governments to ensure improved welfare package for physically-challenged persons adding that such persons also had the right to enjoy the dividends of democracy as other citizens.

-    NAN


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