NIPR Collaborates with Albino Foundation to Advocate for Disability Inclusivity

The Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) has partnered with The Albino Foundation (TAF Africa) to enhance diplomatic advocacy for individuals living with disabilities through a newly signed memorandum of understanding (MoU).

During the MoU signing in Abuja, TAF Africa President Jake Epelle emphasized the urgent need for increased advocacy to promote inclusivity, particularly in governance. He highlighted that Nigeria has over 30 million people living with disabilities, yet the representation of Persons Living With Disabilities (PLWDs) in the current administration remains significantly lacking.

“The level of appointment that reflects inclusion is abysmal and very worrisome,” Epelle stated.

NIPR President Dr. Ike Neliaku announced that, in alignment with the institute’s core principles, NIPR has granted a 50% membership fee waiver for persons living with disabilities. Dr. Neliaku affirmed the institute’s commitment to pursuing inclusivity grounded in cultural and traditional values, core national virtues, and biological and gender considerations.

A notable moment of the event was the posthumous awarding of the ‘Diamond Lifetime Award’ to Dr. Sam Epelle, the founder and first president of NIPR, who is also the uncle of TAF Africa President Jake Epelle.

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