The Lagos State Government on Wednesday warned guardians and employers to be fair with albinos, adding that it would intensify efforts to stop injustice against people with disabilities.
The government also said the campaign against inhuman treatment and stigmatisation of the albinos would be stepped up to tackle challenges confronting people with albinism.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola, stated this at the 2018 International Albinism Day in Alausa, Ikeja, adding that sensitisation was necessary to stop the erroneous belief about people with albinism.
He pointed out that the end to the discrimination must start with education of the society about potential and opportunities for albinos and other special people.
He said the celebration of the World Albinism Day was in line with Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s aim of running an all-inclusive government where everyone would be carried along in the development of the state irrespective of their ethnic or religious differences, as well as physical challenges.
He said, “Beyond the government, our negative societal attitude towards person living with albinism must change. We must stop all acts or discrimination against albinos.
“Also, employers of labour in the private sector must give people with albinism equal employment opportunities to allow them prove their worth. They are trustworthy and highly efficient in service delivery.
“I call on all Nigerian to join hands as stakeholders towards ensuring that people living with albinism are socially, politically and economically integrated.”
To prevent continued abuse and prejudice against Albinos, a guest, Dr Olufunmilyo Ajose, said that parents of children with albinism should stop seeing their wards as subjects of misfortune but blessings from God.
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