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June 23, 2024

World Assistive Tech Day: CITAD Calls for Increased Accessibility for PWDs 

By Mustapha Salisu

The Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) today joined the global community in celebrating the first-ever World Assistive Technology Day, a milestone event highlighting the impact of assistive technologies on the lives of persons with disabilities (PWDs).

Hamza Aminu Fagge, Coordinator of the Persons with Disabilities Centre at CITAD, issued a press release reaffirming the organization’s commitment to advocating for and raising awareness about the vital role of information and communication technology (ICT) in empowering PWDs.

“CITAD has implemented various initiatives aimed at enhancing the accessibility of ICT for PWDs, including training and capacity building programs, advocacy and awareness campaigns, and collaboration and innovation projects” he noted.

Fagge called upon the Nigerian government to collaborate with CITAD in advancing the ICT skills of PWDs, urging policymakers, educators, and community leaders to join hands in bridging the digital divide.

“By investing in the ICT education of PWDs, we can unlock their potential, promote social inclusion, and drive sustainable development” Fagge stressed.

As the world marks this inaugural World Assistive Technology Day, CITAD invites all stakeholders to participate actively in making assistive technologies accessible, affordable, and effective for all, ultimately creating a more inclusive society where PWDs can thrive and contribute meaningfully to the nation’s development.

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Mustapha Salisu

Mustapha Salisu is a graduate of BSc. Information and Media Studies from Bayero University Kano, with experience in Communication Skills as well as Public Relations.

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