FCTA to make public buildings accessible for persons with disabilities
Africa, May 17 2017
NIGERIA: The FCT Minister, Muhammad Musa Bello, has said the Federal Capital Territory Administration is working to regulate all future public buildings plans to provide access for persons with disabilities.
He made this disclosure yesterday when he received a delegation from the Kpakpando Foundation that paid him a courtesy call in his office.
The minister revealed that the FCT Administration also intends to seek ways to amend existing building structures to make them navigable by persons with disabilities and other vulnerable citizens, pointing out that a modification of the building housing the minister’s office was carried out last year to provide for a ramp and conference room on the ground floor for meetings with persons with disabilities.
Bello also revealed that plans are ongoing to create informal markets in the Federal Capital City where persons with disabilities, the less privileged and other interested residents could own stalls.
The Chairman of Kpakpando Foundation, Senator Osita Izunaso, said the leadership of the foundation was in the FCTA to explore areas of collaboration towards the establishment of a database for persons with disabilities in the FCT, as well as ensure that all public buildings provided access for persons with disabilities.
In his presentation at the occasion, a visually impaired member of the entourage, Mr. Danjuma Attah, who became blind at the age of 13, sought for the support of the FCT Administration through the provision of a plot of land for the construction of a special centre for the blind.
The centre, Mr. Attah revealed, would be equipped with fitness and medical facilities suitable for people with vision disabilities.