The Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD) has reminded the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), of the letter written by Mr. Unini Emeka on the missing column for people with disability on NNPC Organization employment website which has closed already.

This was contained in a letter dated the 2nd of May, 2019, and signed by the Vice President, Abdullahi  Alieu. The letter which was addressed to the Human Resource Director of the Corporation in which the attention of the Group Managing Director, and the Director Public Relation was drawn, informed the Corporation of the all disability competent to aid the application process as stipulated by the newly signed Nigerian Disability law which states “that all public organizations are to reserve at least 5% of employment opportunities for those with disabilities” (The Nigerian Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibitions) Act, 2019.

Speaking further, JONAPWD informed NNPC of the fact that it is the only umbrella body of all associations (clusters) of Disabled People’s organization (DPOs) as well as civil society organizations working on disability issues in Nigeria recognized by governments at national, state and locals (JOAPWD), and drew the Corporation’s attention to the concluded online employment application process were it did not make provisions for persons with disabilities to be fully included in the application process.

It, therefore, said that it will not accept any attempt that is targeted towards the exclusion of persons with disabilities based on employment as provided by both the Nigerian Discrimination Against Persons with disabilities (Prohibition) Law 2018 and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRRD) which Nigeria is a signatory, thus urging the Corporation to call for a meeting within the shortest possible time to provide a platform where they all can bring inputs on how to solve these issues, on exclusion of persons with Disabilities in the Corporation’s employment process, through the non-existence of disability components in the employment process.

“The joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD) is the only umbrella body of all associations (clusters) of Disabled People’s organization (DPOs) as well as civil society organizations working on disability issues in Nigeria recognized by governments at national, state and locals (JOAPWD) has existed for over one decade, promoting the rights of persons with disabilities (PWDs) advocating for inclusive laws and policies, and engaging with all sectors and stakeholders in the society to enhance social inclusion of PWDs JONAPWD currently has affiliated chapters in all the 36 States and the FCT Abuja.

“We, therefore want to bring to your organization notice that our attention has been drawn to your concluded online employment application process were you did not make provisions for persons with disabilities to be fully included in the application process, we as the umbrella body of all disabled people’s organization will not accept any attempt that is targeted towards the exclusion of persons with disabilities based on employment as provided by both the Nigerian Discrimination Against Persons with disabilities (Prohibition) Law 2018 and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRRD) which Nigeria is a signatory.

“Going forward we urge your organization to call for a meeting within the shortest possible time to provide a platform where we all can bring inputs on how to solve these issues, on exclusion of persons with Disabilities in your organization employment process, through the non-existence of disability components in your employment process.”

TheNigerialawyer (TNL) recalls that Mr. Unini Emeka had earlier written a letter on the 18th day of March, 2019, to the management of the NNPC titled, “Missing Column For People With Disability On NNPC Organization Employment Website”. However, the Corporation never replied or acknowledged the mail of Mr. Unini ever since it was sent.

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