Written by Chuks NZEH

CCD alleges diversion of funds for PWDs

The Executive Director Centre for Citizens with Disabilities, CCD, David Anyaele, has frowned at the persistence of government agencies in diverting funds budgeted for people living with Disability, PWD, while lamenting on the level of corruption in the country.

He made this known during a special town hall meeting against corruption, organized by Progressive Impact Organization for Community Development, PRIMORG, with support from MacArthur Foundation

He said that government institutions in the country have persistently diverted scarce funds allocated for development and wellbeing of PWDs, stressing that corruption in Nigeria has become a systemic problem.

Anyaele noted that it was worrisome that ministries, departments and agencies of the government failed to heed to the directives of President Muhammadu Buhari on the welfare of PWDs. According to him, despite Buhari asking MDAs during his June 12, 2020 broadcast, to take appropriate measures to ensure PWDs are included in their programs, activities and employment, nothing has changed.

About the impact of corruption on PWDs, he said: “The PWDs are begging on the street, they are not going to school, it is state-induced, they are using PWDs to retire funds in the public sector.

He said “In all the states, there are monetary provisions. If you go to all the ministries of women affairs there is provision for PWDs but by the end of the day, no money goes to anybody. No PWDs go to the Craft Center for the Blind, and Rehabilitation".

He said he is not optimistic that the recently established National Commission for Persons with Disabilities will curb corruption to a measurable height, because it is systematic.

 

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