Albinos in W/Africa seek Nigerian collaboration

The founder of the Jake Epelle, has said that albinos in the West African sub-region have indicated their interest to collaborate with their Nigerian counterparts to get recognition and empowerment from the government.

Mr. Epelle said on Tuesday in Abuja, that the collaboration would promote awareness on the plight and social exclusion of people with albinism in the sub-region.

According to him, albinos in some countries in West Africa are tapping into the programmes of the TAF in a bid to get empowerment in their countries.

Mr. Epelle called for more recognition and empowerment of albinos in West African countries to enable them find their place in society.

He disclosed that albinos in Nigeria had started getting some incentives from the government, following the unveiling of the Albinism Support Programme by the Office of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Albino Support Programme and other special projects, designed for vulnerable groups in the country.

“The initiative is set up to address three areas which are advocacy support, economic empowerment and policy support of social inclusion for albinos.

“It is a project that has skills within the framework tailored to empower albinism and other special need groups through education, scholarships, marketable skills acquisition and loan resettlement packages for decent job opportunities,” he said.

Mr. Epelle urged the populace to help fight against social exclusion and discrimination of albinos and to also support the well-being of albinos.



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