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Titi Atiku Abubakar Advocates Legislation For Children With Special Needs; Seeks FG's Support!!

Wife of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Chief (Mrs.) Titi Atiku Abubakar has advocated for legislation that will make it compulsory for government to extend social help to vulnerable and special needs in Nigeria.

Mrs Abubakar spoke as Chairperson, Board of Trustees of the Hope House Initiative, a school for vulnerable children at the 10th year anniversary and fund raising for new building and state-of-the-art facilities of the school at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Center in Abuja today.

The International Day of People With Disability is a day that has been promoted by the United Nations since 1992.
According to Mrs. Atiku Abubakar, “the aim of the Day is to encourage better understanding of people affected by a disability, together with helping to make people more aware of the rights, dignity, and welfare of disable people."

According to her, "children and young people with learning difficulties may not be able to easily adjust to a normal educational environment; they need acceptance, special care, patience, empathy and love to meet their learning needs."

She observed that "our educational system for children, as it is today, is not favourable and conducive for these children. Often unable to fit into conventional schools because of peer discrimination and learning difficulties, these children can only progress through special education especially when coupled with training in life and vocational needs."

"Government has no school anywhere for this category of individuals and they do not enjoy the protection and full benefit of Nigeria’s Child Rights Act as enshrined in our constitution under Sections 4, 13, 15 and 16 due to their inability to cope with the conventional school system. We are not going to keep our eyes open and watch these things happen and still close our hearts. Nations are rated on the degree of care they give to the most vulnerable groups of their society,” she said.

Speaking in the same vein the Chairman of the occasion, represented by Chief Patrick Chidolue said that government has been focused on making laws that strengthen the strong to the detriment of the weak.

He noted that every society is accessed based on how well they provide for the weak.

If this legislation is passed it will be the second time that Mrs Atiku Abubakar has initiated and pushed for the passage of legislation for vulnerable people in the National Assembly. The first was on human trafficking and child labour eradication bill which passage into law led to the creation of National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP). Mrs Atiku Abubakar is also the founder of Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF), a progenitor of NAPTIP.

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