Nigeria begins review of national policy on albino
London, April 11, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Federal Government of Nigeria on Wednesday inaugurated a 14-man technical committee to review the National Policy on Albinism
The Ministry of Education, which constituted the committee, said the review of the policy would “facilitate and improve the lives of persons with albinism through access to social services such as education, healthcare and others”.
The committee is co-chaired by the ministry’s Director of Basic Education Services, Dr Lami Amodu, and President of the Albinos Foundation in Nigeria, Jake Epelle.
The Permanent Secretary, Mr Sonny Echono, who inaugurated the team on behalf of the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said the policy was in conformity with the United Nations’ efforts to assist persons with albinism and provide them an enabling environment.
Echono said, “The review of the policy is necessary at this time because of the emerging issues and challenges confronting albinos in Nigeria. The review will improve the lives of persons with albinism through access to social services such as education, health care, employment and reduce the stigma and discrimination.
“Reviewing the policy will facilitate adequate planning and allocation of resources to albinism issues, empower persons with albinism and address the basic health and educational needs of persons with albinism, especially children.”
He said the committee would present a framework that would capture the needs of albinos to enable the government to close the gap on issues relating to albinism and disability in the country.
Recently, Jake Epelle, founder of Albino Foundation praised President Muhammadu Buhari for enacting the law to stop all forms of discrimination against people living with disability.
Epelle, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the president took a bold step to sign the bill into law.
According to him, the government has taken the bold step by signing the disability law, it should take the second step by setting up small committee, comprising of the government and persons with disability, to look at the bill and hit the ground running on implementation strategy.
“The entire disability community is happy for the fact that the bill has been passed ” Epelle told NAN