A non-governmental organisation, The Albino Foundation, has called for the maximum support of government at all levels and the entire society for persons with albinism nationwide.
This CEO/Founder of the organisation, Jake Epelle, made this statement yesterday, at a plenary and workshop session with the theme, ‘shine the light to the world,’ to mark the International Albinism Awareness Day, at the National Human Rights Commission, Abuja.
According to Epelle, during the workshop session which was focused on ‘skin cancer prevention in Albinism’, albinos, all over the world, are experiencing a lot of discrimination, dehumanisation etc and the main aim of the foundation is to work with governments, development institutions to improve their health and social well being, as well as assist and empower them to find their rightful place in the society.
“This declaration is as a result of widespread discrimination, stigmatisation, dehumanisation and killings of persons with albinism around the world especially in Africa. The International Albinism Awareness Day Celebration is to draw attention to states and members of the public on the issues and challenges faced by persons with albinism and albinism community all over the world. The foundation works to create awareness of social challenges that Persons With Albinism (PWA) face all over the world, by working with governments, development institutions in program areas that improve their health and social wellbeing; as well as assist and empower them to find their rightful place in the society.”
Present at the workshop and plenary session were the US Ambassador to Nigeria, W Stuart Symington, German Ambassador to Nigeria, Dietmar Kreusel, delegates from the European Union, government delegates, persons with albinism and their families, members of the public.
The keynote speaker, the US Ambassador, W Stuart Symington, in his address, said that people with disability, need the support of every member of the society in the area of love and care. He said that everyone is important and unique to the nation.
“The struggle to live with people with disability has been on since the beginning of mankind. The love, care we show to them is part of that struggle. In our entire struggle as a nation, we need to reach out to persons with disability. Every person matters, every person makes a difference.”
While speaking, the German Ambassador to Nigeria, Dietmar Kreusel, said that the most important part of the nation, Nigeria, is its people. He said that data is very important in addressing the various challenges facing albinism.
“The greatest wealth and richness of Nigeria is the Nigerian people. It is very important to address the various challenges facing albinism and having sufficient data is necessary for it. In our aim to reach out to persons with disability, no one should be left out.”
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