The presidential candidate pf the People Democratic Party (DPD), Atiku Abubakar, has shared his plan for people living with diabetes in Nigeria if he emerges president after the 2019 election. 

A Twitter user, who claimed he was diabetic, had posted a question which the former Vice President responded to.

"My name is Okeoghene John, and I am living with type 1 diabetes.

"It affected me so bad I had to quit university.

"I want to find out what plans Atiku Abububakar has for people living with diabetes and other disabilities," he asked.  

Responding to the question, Mr Abubakar said: "Oke, my presidency will create spaces in which people with disabilities requiring special needs can flourish by ensuring the rights of persons living with disabilities are protected and existing laws are implemented, and by encouraging states to adopt these laws.

"We will also increase funding to the MDAs (ministries Departments And Agencies) that carter to persons with special needs and disabilities.

health centre in Ugbedomagwu in Igalalamela-Odolu

This is a health centre in Ugbedomagwu community in Kogi State

"In the area of education, we will implement training for special needs professionals to offer services within the education sector and ensure strict monitoring and evaluation of schools providing special care for people with special needs.

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"We will also make readily available teaching and learning aids through duty free import or support for local production of such aids - and also importantly, we will increase availability of schools that can provide special needs services".

On how he intends to make sure people have access to healthcare centres, the presidential candidate of the PDP said his government would involve private sector transportation operators to increase access to transportation and create incentives for those who operate wheelchair accessible buses.

"Healthcare delivery services for persons with disabilities will be reviewed and updated to reflect the present-day realities and address 21st century needs of persons living with disabilities," he added.

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