Society management

FG assures people with disabilities, the visually impaired community of an inclusive society

The Federal Government has assured Nigerians of its determination to ensure an inclusive society for persons with disabilities, especially for the abundant visually impaired community.

Minister, Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq gave the assurance via a statement issued by the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, to commemorate Safety Day of the white cane 2022, on Saturday October 15, 2022.

According to her, “White Cane Day was launched in the United States of America, when then-President Lyndon B. Johnson and the United States Congress signed a joint resolution on October 6, 1964, proclaiming October 15 each year White Cane Safety Day.

“The Day aims to raise awareness of the importance of the white cane and its role in the lives of the blind and visually impaired, as well as to celebrate their achievements.

“A white cane is an important mobility tool for people who are blind or partially sighted, as well as a symbol of their independence.

“The history of the white cane goes back to the beginning of the 20th century and is painted white to be more easily visible.

“The White Cane Safety Day celebration has been adopted by many other countries after the United States and features many activities ranging from road rides, film screenings, press conferences/releases and other social events to present the white cane.

“We encourage everyone to ensure an inclusive society, for our thriving visually impaired community,” urged the Minister.