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[Abuja]–The Presidency has partnered with the Aliko Dangote foundation to work towards the quick passage of the Disability bill at the level of the Senate.

Aliko Dangote, head of the Aliko Dangote Foundation

The Presidency through the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Disability Matters, Dr. Samuel Ankeli, said this during a visit to Dangote Foundation’s office in Abuja.

During the visit, Ankeli said the Disability bill will go a long way to assist people living with disabilities in the country and assist in their mobilisation for National development, thus, he sought the foundation’s management’s support for an engagement with the leadership of the National Assembly, particularly the Senate, to ensure swift passage of the Bill.

Speaking on behalf of the Dangote Foundation, the Managing Director, Zouera Youssoufou, said in a bid to address almost eighty percent of issues affecting people living with disabilities, the Disability bill currently before the National Assembly must be promptly passed.

She added that the Foundation will ensure the commitment to ensuring continuous support for people living with disabilities.

Ankeli called for the need to encourage increased school enrollment for children with disability in view of the recent observation by UNICEF that 13million children are out of school in the country, among which 3 million are living with disabilities.

It should be remembered that the Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Bill, 2016 was sponsored by Sen. Francis Alimikhena (APC: Edo) and was presented for first and second reading in October and December, 2015 respectively.

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