ByÂ Dennis Agbo
ABAKALIKIâ€”Vice Chairman of Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Mr Anthony Agbo, has appealed to the Acting President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, to consider appointing the physically challenged persons into his cabinet, saying that unless that was done,Â the new cabinet would not be said to be representative of the countryâ€™sÂ population.
Senator Agbo contended that the non-appointment of a disabled person as cabinet member by the Acting President smacks of unjust and unfair marginalization of a critical but silent majority, which he said runs counter to the provision of the constitution that all segments of the population should be reflected in the Federal Executive Council.
Speaking to newsmen on his impression on the reconstitution of the Federal Executive Council, Agbo, said he was alarmed that none of the over 19 million physically challenged persons in Nigeria was nominated or considered for appointment as Minister in the recent effort,Â noting that the Acting President could still redress the oversight when presenting the remaining nominees to the Senate for screening and consequent appointment as Ministers.
â€œFor me,Â I want to say that I was alarmed and thoroughly pained to discover that no physically challenged person was nominated or considered for appointment as Minister into the federal cabinet.
“And I want to use this opportunity to appeal to the Acting President, to consider disabled persons whenever he is sending the remaining ministerial nominees to the Senate for screening as Ministers, adding that there are many well educated physically challenged persons that are qualified and capable of holding office as Ministers in the federal cabinet,” he added.
He maintained that physically challenged Nigerians are part owners of the wealth of the country.