President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja charged National Commission for Persons with Disabilities to play its roles adequately in the realisation of the government objective of lifting 100million Nigerians out of poverty.
Speaking when he received members of the newly established body at the State House, Buhari said,” I am enjoining you as a team of the commission, to realize that your work forms a critical aspect in achieving the objective of our administration to removing 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.
“I am therefore looking forward to commissioning projects and programmes of high impact to the disabled community in line with this vision.
“Your appointments were no mistake as you were all selected after careful evaluation and assessment of your good conduct and contribution to the society and the disabled community in Nigeria.
“The task before you is enormous. You must work diligently towards ensuring that Government is able to touch the lives of our fellow citizens with special needs despite our limited resources.”
He assured his guests that his administration would continue to give effect to treaties that give inclusivity to persons with disabilities.
“Nigeria is a signatory and a state party to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which seeks to promote the inclusion of persons with special needs in all development efforts globally.
“Under my leadership, Government shall continue to give effect to all global, regional and sub-regional treaties that seek to improve the lives of our disadvantaged citizens”, he said.
The President expressed joy that the Commission was finally in place having been an issue during his campaigns.