The Federal Government through the National Commission For Persons With Disabilities, NCPWD, in collaboration with the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA and the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, have commiserated with Persons with disabilities who are victims of ravaging flood in some part of the country adding that, the government is working tirelessly to cater for them in this trying time.
The Executive Secretary of NCPWD, Mr James David Lalu had earlier called on frontline humanitarian actors in this regard to always consider Persons with Disabilities first and give priority to them when evacuating affected people.
Lalu in a release made available to Vreporters on Tuesday said Persons with Disability across the affected states can contact the Commission through its 24/7 rapid response WhatsApp hotline: +2347015370083 when there is need for evacuation.
Lalu added that the commission under his watch is working very closely NEMA towards ensuring that no life of Person With Disability is lost to this disaster.
The release read in part “Our essential team at the Commission is fully ready, working 24/7 to ensure that affected Persons with Disabilities are evacuated at any location.
“I therefore urge the community to remain calm as we continue working towards providing humanitarian assistance and protecting the lives of all Persons with Disabilities in Nigeria.
“I will also like to use this opportunity to sympathize with parents and the Ugandan Government over the fire outbreak at a school for the Blind Children in Mukono, Kampala on Tuesday morning which led to the loss of lives of Persons with Disabilities.
“May the Almighty have mercy upon them and grant the parents the fortitude to bear the loss” .