The Albino Foundation (TAF) will train ad hoc staff of Independent National
Electoral Commission (INEC) on assistive devices to ensure inclusion and participation of Persons With
Disabilities (PWDs) during the 2023 general election.
The TAF Founder, Mr Jake Epelle, disclosed this on Thursday in an interview with the News Agency of
Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
Epelle said the training would enable the staff to know how to communicate effectively with PWDs,
ensure they exercised their rights and increase electoral participation without difficulty during the elections.
According to him, INEC has already procured magnifying glasses, which the foundation will
use to train the staff.
He added that “the magnifying glasses are the ones we approved, and INEC is procuring more for the general elections.
“We are also going to be training INEC ad hoc staff on how they can help our people to use it. But beyond that,
we are also doing that with braille, posters and sign language.”
He further revealed that the organisation had recruited sign interpreters to be deployed to the National Assembly.
He said “our organisation will be the first to deploy sign language interpreters at the National Assembly. We are waiting
for approval and we are ready.
“We have interviewed, hired and we will pay them for the next three years, not the National Assembly, but The Albino Foundation.
“So, simply put, we will ensure compliance where we can as much as possible,’’ he said.(NAN)