PWDs Demand More Access, Facilities At Airports
Persons Living with Disabilities have demanded increased access at airport terminals in Nigeria, calling on airport and airline operators to make provisions for equipment, personnel and infrastructure that will guarantee a seamless travel experience for them.
The PWDs made the call when the Coalition for Disability Organisations held a sensitisation programme for the management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria and other airport-related agencies.
The programme focused on the need to improve airport access for persons living with disabilities in the nation.
A presentation titled, ‘A Public Presentation of Research Findings on Access to Airports for Persons with Disabilities in Nigeria,’ was also made during the programme in Lagos.
According to the Convener, CODO/Executive Director, Centre for Citizens with Disability, Mr David Anyaele, the PWDs travelling by air are often faced with a lack of amenities such as ramps for persons in wheelchairs, inaccessibility to restrooms at some airports, and in some cases denied the chance to fly.
He added that the sensitisation programme was to draw the attention of stakeholders to the inability of the PWDs to access airports and services in the nation.
FAAN’s International Terminal Manager, Mr Ayinla Gbolahan, who represented the agency’s Managing Director, Capt Rabiu Yadudu, assured stakeholders that the grievances raised would get to the appropriate authorities.