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Why we’re yet to recruit staff despite N750m budget for salaries – Commission

The National Commission for Persons with Disability says it is yet to recruit staff despite the allocation of N750m for salaries and wages...

The National Commission for Persons with Disability says it is yet to recruit staff despite the allocation of N750m for salaries and wages in the 2021 budget because it is yet to get the nod from the Federal Civil Service Commission.

The executive secretary of the commission, James Lalu, said this in Abuja while receiving members of House of Representatives Committee on Disabilities and Special Needs.

“We’ve been in the process to follow up with the development with officials in the civil service for appropriate approval for us to commence the implementation. The application of the process is alive. So, we’ve not touched a single kobo provided for salaries and wages for the 2021 budget.”

Lalu said over 40 staff currently working in the commission, which was established in 2020 following the passage of the Discrimination Against Persons with Disability Act in 2019, were sourced from the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management.

According to him, when the approval is given, 60 per cent of the commission’s work force will be from the disability community.