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The European Union Ambassador, Samuela Isopi has lauded the Albino Foundation for championing the cause of Persons With Disabilities (PSWs) describing the foundation as a worthy partner of the European Union.
Speaking when she paid a private visit to the Foundation Thursday, in Abuja, Ambassador Isopi said the EU is happy and proud to partner with Albino Foundation, noting that through the foundation, the EU has been able to promote and impart values dear to the union, including ongoing political and human rights inclusivity in the country.
With enduring partnership and commitment such as has been demonstrated by Albino Foundation, Isopi hinted that Union would not hesitate to expand its engagement with the disability community to include support in education, healthcare, and empowerment
“You know that human rights inclusivity is something which is very much part of the DNA of the European Union, this is very much of our union, our values on which the European Union is founded. And this is why the promotion of these values is also something that is always at the center of what we do, in our partner countries, or what we do with our partner countries, is always something that is at center of our actions, of our policies, and of our cooperation with partner countries. and institutions.
“And we are very happy and also very lucky here in Nigeria, to have the Albino Foundation but also all of you as one of our partners or our allies in this journey. In this long journey. So, I have to say thank you because our role is actually to support you.
” So please, I really want to thank you and congratulate you. There had been a foundation, the commission, and all of you for the impressive achievements that have been made possible by your commitment by your action.
Speaking on the expanded interest in PWDs inclusion Ambassador the EU Ambassador said it was a direct fallout of recommendations of the 2019 election observation missions geared towards ensuring that no one, especially the disability community, is not left behind in 1023 and future polls.
“As you know, this was one of the key recommendations of the European Union Election Observation Mission. Observe the elections in 2019. And this more exactly, to be more precise is recommendation number 30 of the final report, which indicates that parties be legally required to have policies on the political participation of persons with disabilities and also require INEC to provide devices in all polling units and Information and accessible.
“The rights of persons with disability is also one of the seven priorities which have been defined and our human rights and democracy country strategy for Nigeria.
“We know how important your contribution to society is. We know how important it is not to leave anyone behind and we will continue to work together. There have been great achievements. I think I can say, Jake, also in the framework of the electoral process, We have seen important improvements” she stated.
Earlier in his address, Ambassador Jake Epelle, founder/CEO of Albino foundation disclosed that the EU had only recently extended its partnership with the foundation, making it possible for the foundation to champion the inclusion of PWDs in the electoral process.
Ambassador Epelle hinted that the foundation will soon launch a nationwide campaign to create awareness for inclusivity in the electoral process, and in line with the mandate of its partners to ensure that at least 100 PWDs scale up the ladder into both elective and appointive positions in the next three years.
He added that the EU had through its robust engagement with the Independent National Electoral Commission, the foundation, and other stakeholders supported and funded relevant provisions in the 2022 Electoral Act that deals squarely with PWDs inclusion in the electoral process.
The foundation seized the occasion to unveil a new management team as well as take delivery of a 2022 model Prado Jeep, presented to the foundation by the European Union to enhance its operations.