Only 4,500 of the 35.1 million people who live with disabilities in Nigeria, according to the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities, or NCPWD, are formally registered.
At a one-day program on Monday in Kano for the issuance of permanent certificates to people living with disabilities in the North-West, James Lalu, the Executive Secretary of NCPWD, disclosed the information.
The program, according to Ikem Uchegbulam, Director of Compliance and Enforcement for the Commission, was designed to raise awareness among people with disabilities (PWDs) of the advantages of certification.
Section 28 of the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities Act, according to him, was followed by the exercise.
He says that PWDs can get a permanent certificate from the Commission, but doctors give out temporary certificates to people who can’t use a body part.
“The certificate must be in possession in order to obtain a remedy from the law court, as well as serving as a means of identification, as per the Act,” he explained.
To fully utilize its benefits, he urged all Nigerians who are disabled to obtain the certificates.
Lalu said that in accordance with the Disability Act, only PWDs with current certificates could seek and receive treatments.
Regarding the building of accessible structures, the head of NCPWD encouraged the public to consult the Commission for the best advice.