Chairman of the Plateau State council of Traditional rulers, Da Jacob Buba has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to take a second look at the report of the National Conference convoked by former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The Gbong Gwom Jos made the remarks when Samuel Ankeli, the Senior Special Adviser to President Buhari on Disability Matters, paid him a courtesy visit in his palace in Jos, the Plateau State capital.
He acknowledged that the Confab was not a perfect one, but added that its recommendations were not entirely irrelevant as to be thrown into the dust bin.
Buba said some areas of the report of the National Conference, if implemented, would improve the lot of the citizens and add value to the society.
The Royal father also assured people living with disability in the State that the council of traditional rulers would work to create room for them to contribute their quota in improving the values in the society.
He commended President Buhari for appointing a disabled person as a Special Adviser on Disabled Matters and urged the SSA not to relent in his efforts to make life easier for physically challenged persons.
He said: “I appreciate what you are doing, we are going to work together because there are values which people with disability can add to the society.
“Honestly we do not consciously consider the disabled persons in projects but I promise to accommodate the needs of the disabled in our projects.
“At the national conference, many issues including that of the disabled were discussed.
“President Buhari should have a look at the recommendations made; they may not be perfect but can add value to governance.
“We can leverage on them to build the capacity of the disabled and the traditional institution will lend its support in your areas of engagement with government,” Buba said.
Ankeli, who is on a nationwide tour to sensitize the people on the need to give the disabled to chance to add value in the society, called on traditional rulers and all leaders in different sections of the country to commit themselves to the course of the physically challenged.
The presidential aide stressed that children with disability must be allowed to attend schools so as to gain knowledge which will enable them contribute their quota in governance and eradicate the begging habit which some disabled persons engage in.
Ankeli said, “We are touring the 36 States to discuss disability issues. People with disability are Nigerians but this set of over 25 million people suffer the most in every situation.
“When there is crisis, they suffer the most so the rights and privileges of the disabled should be protected.
“We are here to ask you as an ambassador for the disabled persons to advocate to include the disabled persons in discussions.
“A living dog is better than a dead lion, we can do things better than some able bodied because our brains are functional but the key is education and empowerment.
“Three million children living with disability are out of schools. Encourage parents to release their disabled children to go to school and people should not harass or intimidate them.
“We are also being faced with the challenge of marriage, people don’t like marrying us but our brains are intact. Please talk to people to allow their children marry the disabled if they so desire.
“The disabled are not remembered for titles but we can contribute our quota if given the opportunity. We need all the supports from government, traditional rulers and individual to add value to the society,” the presidential aide said.