Senate Takes Action Against Discrimination: Sanctions Planned for MDAs Rejecting People with Disabilities

Ali Ndume

Senator Ali Ndume, representing Borno South Senatorial District and serving as Chief Whip in the Senate, has revealed plans to implement strict sanctions against Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) that reject individuals with disabilities. This initiative aims to amend laws governing the National Commission for Persons with Disability, thereby ensuring inclusivity and equal opportunities for all citizens.

During an event in Abuja where he was honored by the FCT Para-soccer Team, Senator Ndume emphasized the importance of addressing discrimination against persons with disabilities in employment practices. He expressed concern over instances where qualified individuals with disabilities are denied opportunities to contribute to the workforce, despite possessing relevant qualifications in their respective fields.

Senator Ndume underscored the invaluable contributions made by individuals with disabilities to the nation, highlighting their achievements and successes in various fields. He pledged his support to the FCT Para-soccer Team, announcing a donation of N1 million to further their endeavors and promising to facilitate a meeting with the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, to secure additional support.

Furthermore, Senator Ndume outlined plans to ensure the full integration of persons with disabilities into government agencies, including the possibility of appointing them to key positions such as chief executives and permanent secretaries. He emphasized the need for respect and recognition of the capabilities and potential of individuals with disabilities, citing the example of a disabled senator who previously served as Chief Whip.

Looking ahead, Senator Ndume emphasized the importance of upholding President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda and pledged to work towards creating a more inclusive society where every Nigerian can thrive. He proposed hosting a national event to showcase the achievements and aspirations of individuals with disabilities, with the participation of prominent political leaders.

In conclusion, Senator Ndume reiterated his commitment to championing the rights and interests of persons with disabilities, advocating for their equal participation and representation in all sectors of society. The Senate’s efforts to enact meaningful reforms underscore a collective commitment to promoting inclusivity, diversity, and respect for all citizens, regardless of disability status.