Acting United States Consul-General Darcy Zotter on Tuesday unveiled a Disability-Friendly Digital Hub hosted at the Lagos office of the Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities.
A Nigerian civic organization, Project Enable, set up the digital hub with the support of the U.S. Government Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund of $25,000.
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The United States Consulate General in Lagos also provided additional funding of $4,401 to keep this digital hub running, a statement from the US Embassy Information office stated.
Speaking at the formal opening of the digital hub, Zotter explained that promoting disability rights is an integral part of promotion of human rights, noting that discrimination against people with disabilities is not only unjust but hinders economic development and limits democracy and social cohesion.
“We are happy to identify with this initiative which seeks to promote the empowerment and social inclusion of persons living with disabilities in Nigeria. Through this technology and entrepreneurship hub, over 250 people with disabilities will have free access to inclusive technology,” she stated.
“An additional 20 young persons with disabilities will be trained and mentored in various technology-based skills at the hub,” Zotter noted.
The technology and entrepreneurship hub seeks to promote the empowerment and social inclusion of persons with disabilities.
It is also expected to provide volunteer opportunities to young people with disabilities while serving as a center for their continuous development in entrepreneurship, the statement explained.
Project Enable is led by Mr. Olusola Owonikoko, a 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow and 2014 Fellow of the Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative.
Through the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund, 68 grants of up to $25,000 each were awarded in 2017 to U.S government exchange alumni teams worldwide including Project Enable, to support their public service projects.