The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Disability Matters, Dr. Samuel Ankeli has called on the Federal Government to improve the employment slot in the Federal Civil Service that is presently allocated for People Living with Disabilities (PWDs).
The presidential aide who was a guest at Launch of the Survey of PWDs in the Federal Civil Service, held as part of activities marking the International Day of PWDs, at the Ladi Kwali Hall, Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, yesterday, also lamented that despite the massive population of about 27 million PWDs in the country, only enjoy 2% of federal government’s employment slots are allocated to them.
He however, called on the Federal Civil Service Commission and the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation to write for an official increase of 10% slot for the PWDs in the service.
In her address, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Ekanem Oyo-ita, revealed that the baseline survey is designed to tackle challenges faced by PWDs in service as well as will provide data that will ensure they enjoy an equitable and inclusive participation in the Federal Civil Service.
“The launch baseline survey has been arranged to commemorate the 2018 International Day for PWDs. The theme for the 2018 International Day PWD, focuses on empowering PWDs for the inclusive, equitable and sustainable development envisaged in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Incidentally, this theme, “Empowering PWDs and ensure their inclusiveness and equality”, aptly spells out the objective of the baseline survey of PWDs”
“The survey is expected to provide disaggregated data of PWDs in the Federal Civil Service in order to enhance a better understanding of the issues and challenges faced by this category of employees in order to enable the Service Welfare Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, to design programmes to tackle such challenges”, she said.
Oyo-Ita also revealed that the as a pilot project, the survey will be conducted in the core ministries and extra ministerial departments within the Federal capital Territory and subsequently, based on the available of funds, it will be extended to other ministries, departments in the FCT and the 36 states.
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