Lagos Seeks End To Discrimination Against Albinos

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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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