In line with the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the composition of the Governing Council and appointment of Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities.
The Act advocated the establishment of the Commission to be headed by a Part-Time Chairman and six Members who will be Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), representing the geo-political zones of the federation.
This is however, subject to confirmation by the Senate for a four-year term of office in the first instance, and may be reappointed for a second term of four years and no more.
According to the act, the Executive Secretary, who shall be responsible to the Council for the implementation of the policies and administration of the daily affairs of the Commission, shall also be a Person with Disability with a five-year tenure in the first instance, and may be reappointed for a second term and no more.
A statement on Monday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, From Adesina said the newly-established Commission has as its Chairman, Dr Hussaini Suleiman Kangiwa, from North West and the Executive Secretary as James David Lalu, from North Central.
Other members are Oparaku Onyejelam Jaja- South East, Philomena Isioma Konwea –South South, Omopariola Busuyi Oluwasola– South West, Amina Rahma Audu –North West, Mrs Esther Andrew Awu –North Central and Abba Audu Ibrahim –North East.