NGO advocates participation of physically challenged in electoral process
By Rita Michael, Bauchi
The Governance Manager of Action Aid, Obo Effang, has emphasized the need to allow active participation of Physically Challenged Persons in electoral process in Nigeria.
Effang stated this at a one-day town hall meeting organized by a Bauchi-based Non-Governmental Organization, Fahimta Women and Youth Development Initiative (FAWOYDI) in collaboration with Action Aid, on “Strengthening Citizens engagement in electoral process” held at Riveredge Hotel Bauchi on Thursday.
Effang, who was represented by Vanesa Edebo, said that the inclusion of the physically challenged in pre and post-election would contribute a lot to development of the country.
He said, "There is ability in disability. Physically challenge people in the society will bring about the change we desire in our country if carried along in our electoral process. So they should be allowed to vote as well as be voted for."
Effang advised Nigerians not only vote for candidates of their choice during election but must hold them accountable, saying, "It is time to take control of situation of our country. All citizens must play active role in the electoral process."
Also, the President of FAWOYDI, Maryam Garba, had urged women, youth and physically challenged persons to always participate during election.
"Our country can not move forward without the support of women, youth and physically challenged persons. So we must work with them and consider them in our electoral process," she said.
Garba also commanded Action Aid Nigeria for its support towards their project and assured that FAWOYDI would continue to partner with it to touch the lives of the less-privileged in the state.
Besides, the Chairman of Association of the Blind in Bauchi State who is also a lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the College of Education Azare. Haruna Pali, said that the physically challenged represent 15 percent of Bauchi State population and called for involvement of his members in governance process.