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  • Updated: February 01, 2023

Groups Call On Airline Industry To Provide Roads For PWDs

Groups Call On Airline Industry To Provide Roads For PWDs

Coalition of Disability Organisations, in collaboration with some organisations, has urged the airline industry to provide accessible roads for Persons Living With Disabilities (PWDs) at the nation’s airports.

David Anyaele, the Executive Director of CCD, made the call on Tuesday at a one-day sensitisation programme for airline operators in Kano.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the collaborative organisations include; the Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) and the Spinal Cord Injury Association of Nigeria (SCIA).

Florence Chima, the Coalition’s Administrative Manager, who represented Anyaele, said the programme was aimed at sensitizing Airline industries on the need to provide easy access roads to the airport for persons living with disabilities in Nigeria.

He said that Persons living with disabilities are often faced with the lack of amenities while in airports such as ramps wheelchairs, inaccessibility to restrooms and at times denied chances to travel.

“There had been numerous accounts of outright denial of air travel rights, as well as humiliating and degrading treatment of persons with disabilities at the nation’s airports,’’ he said.

According to him, the Disability Rights Act is hinged on the provisions of the Act prohibiting discrimination against persons Living with Disabilities signed into law in 2018 by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said that the act provides for the person with a disability the right access to the physical environment and buildings on an equal basis with others.

“Section 14 of the Act also demands that “all airlines operating in Nigeria must ensure accessibility of their aircraft to persons with disabilities.

“Make available functional wheelchairs for their conveyance, assist them to get on and off board in safety, and ensure they are accorded priority while boarding among other demands,” he said.

Earlier, the Chairman of, the Spinal Cord Injury Association (SCIAN), Matepo Abdulwahab, said there is a need to put logistics for Persons Living with Disabilities, and make the structures accessible to them without double cost.

“We are calling for accessible format like, brail, large or bold print audio, visual and use of sign language interpreters for various languages,” Abdulwahab said.

He also appealed for enlightenment programmes at all nation’s airports for Persons Living with Disabilities.

Head of customer services,  Aminu Kano International airport Kano, Hajiya Zuwaira Yahaya, assured the stakeholders that their requests would be forwarded to the government for action.

She assured Persons Living with Disabilities that they would be accorded due attention at the nation’s airports and therefore urged them to report any case of discrimination to customer service desk.

“You are at our hearts and you have the right to challenge bad service,” she added.

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