As a direct response to accountability demands on disability rights in Nigeria, the Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD) has received tendered apologies from the management of Rano Air for the inconveniences caused by the incident of May 14, 2024, which critically affected the travelling itinerary from Maiduguri to Abuja of Mr Usman Bura, a wheelchair user, and an executive member of JONAPWD.

JONAPWD deeply values the instant remedial actions of Rano Air Nigeria which has modelled good standards of commitments to advancing disability rights. Overall, we understand the progress within the ecosystems of human rights and pledges to continually enable and facilitate right-based actions towards breaking down multi-layered barriers against persons with disabilities in Nigeria.

As a people, we deserve the same rights and opportunities as everyone, including access to affordable housing, employment opportunities, safe transportation, quality education and healthcare. These are clearly provisioned within the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act, 2018. In particular, Part III, Section 9 speaks to the provision of goods, services and facilities, where a person who provides goods and services is guided about discriminating against a person with disability either in the terms and conditions for providing the said goods and services.

Like every other person with disability across the global, barriers to full social and economic inclusion of persons with disabilities in Nigeria still manifest as inaccessible physical environments and transportation, the unavailability of assistive devices and technologies, non-adapted means of communication, gaps in service delivery, and discriminatory prejudice and stigma in society.

To help drive toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable Nigeria, JONAPWD reassures to continually offer guidance on disability rights as the umbrella organization of all persons with disabilities in Nigeria, while strongly playing an important role within civil society to defend the rights of persons with disabilities, advocate for changes in policies, practices and social norms, monitor government actions, and provide information and solutions for alternative policies and systems.

Abdullahi A. Usman
National President

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