OSHAKATI, 05 DEC – It is critical to ensure full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and create an enabling environment for them, the deputy minister for disability affairs in the presidency, Alexia Manombe-Ncube has said.
Manombe-Ncube made the statement here on Tuesday at the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
She said the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development places great importance on issues related to sustainable urbanisation, particularly Goal 11, which requires the making of cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
The deputy minister stated that there can be no sustainable development without sustainable urban development, adding that more than half of the world’s population now live in the urban areas.
She told her audience that the Namibian government has made significance strides in ensuring that persons with disabilities are included and that they do not feel left out.
“This can be observed in the number of legal instruments that have been put in place to promote access of persons with disability to services as well as promote and protect their rights,” she stated.
Manombe-Ncube pointed out that out of the estimated 2.113 million Namibians, there are between 85 000 and 100 000 people with disabilities as per the 2011 Population and Housing Census. The Namibia Inter-censal Demographic Survey Report of 2016 put the estimated population at 2 324 388.
Visually-impaired Namibian artist, Sinengela Frans used the same platform to urge local authorities to make urban land available for people with disabilities.
A number of people with disabilities, especially from the Eluwa Special School in Ongwediva, attended the commemoration held at the Oshakati Independence Stadium. – NAMPA