A National Consultative Forum to discuss the process of issuance of Disability Certificate / Identity card for Persons with disabilities took place from 14-15 April 2021, convened by National Disability Commission and Inclusive Friends Association with support from Save the Children.
Speaking at the opening of the workshop, the Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities urge all participants to give their best and debate extensively on the subject matter, while Ms Ekaete Judith Umoh, National President of Joint National Associate of persons with disabilities (JONAPWD), urge participants to open their minds, engage constructively in other to collectively achieve our goal of Disability certificate for all persons with disabilities, while Grace Jerry Executive Director of IFA, thank participants for honoring her invitation to the workshop and wished participate a fruitful deliberation.
In his paper titled; Experience Sharing on Disability Certificate and Identity card reality from other country, Barr Danlami, Chairman of the CRDP Committee stressed the need for the issuance of the disability certificate and its benefits to the disability community, drawing from experiences of other countries. Barr Ikem acting director, Compliance of the NCPD took participant on defining roles and partnership towards the issuance of Disability certificate for JONAPWD play a major role in mobilization and awareness creation. Dr Irene Patrick Executive Director Disability Right Advocate Center (DRAC) while speaking on Data collection methodology stress on the importance of the Washington Group Questions in collecting dat on persons with disabilities in Nigeria.
Earlier, the National President of JONAPWD, facilitated a session on Building Eligibility Criteria for Acquiring a Disability Certificate and ID, which was interactive and engaging where everyone contributed to the eligibility criteria that should be put in place for the acquisition of the certificate/ Identity card.
JONAPWD thanked the organizers of the event and pledged her support to the Disability Certificate /ID project.