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FG to protect albinos, others in workplace

By Victor Ahiuma-Young

ABUJA — FEDERAL Government is to take measures to protect the rights of albinos and other vulnerable groups in the work places in the country.

Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu, spoke yesterday, while receiving the Emir of Anka, Zamfara State, Alhaji Attahiru Muhammad who led a delegation of the Albino Foundation to the Minister’s office, expressing government’s dissatisfaction at the deliberate discrimination of the estimated two million albinos in Nigeria.

A statement by Mrs Emmanuel Aziken, Special Assistant (Media) to the Minister of Labour and Productivity, said Muhammad was at the head of the delegation that also included a former Minister of Health, Chief Silas Ilo; the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Albino Foundation, Jack Epelle among others.

According to the statement, the delegation was in the office of the Minister to solicit the administration’s partnership with the foundation in some of its programmes aimed at boosting the well-being of albinos in the country. Among the programmes is the Sunshade Programme designed to assist albinos to stay out of the sun and wear protective covering in the work environment.

Assuring that government would protect the rights of albinos and other vulnerable groups in the workplaces across the country,  Wogu said: “We will pursue it because we have a department that ensures that the health safety and environment of workplace is sustained.

“The department will immediately swing into action to go out to the street and find out under which condition the albinos work. The ministry and I are particularly interested in those challenges militating against albinos.”


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