Nigeria’s population is estimated at over 190 million.

Out of these, no fewer than 19 million are living with several forms of disabilities, and this figure is coming from the National Population Commission of Nigeria, NPC.

The Chairman of the Commission, Mr Eze Duruiheoma, announced this during the 73rd UN General Assembly General Discussion of Agenda 28 on Social Development at the UN headquarters in New York.

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The World Bank estimates that one billion people, or 15% of the world’s population, experience some form of disabilities and the prevalence is higher for developing countries.

The NPC chief said Nigeria has a policy that reserves a percentage of vacancies for the disabled, adding that the corporate organisations are also encouraged to reserve 2% of the job vacancies for the disabled population.

“As a result, government is implementing measures to promote and enhance the entrepreneurial skills of many of our 19 million Persons with Disabilities, PwDs.

“This is executed through training in various vocations and provision of relevant tools to enable them to embark on economic ventures of their choice.

“Furthermore, corporate organisations in Nigeria are encouraged to reserve two per cent of their vacancies to PWDs in support of the existing policy in the public sector.”

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