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The term “vulnerable” is frequently used by governments and policymakers to describe individuals who require assistance and support. However, the implementation of policies and programs aimed at empowering vulnerable populations often fails to consider the most marginalized group of all – people with disabilities. This article argues that persons with disabilities are the most vulnerable members of society and are consistently excluded from empowerment initiatives, perpetuating their marginalization.

Who are the Vulnerable?

Vulnerability refers to the susceptibility of individuals or groups to harm, exploitation, or discrimination due to their circumstances, characteristics, or conditions. People with disabilities, including physical, sensory, cognitive, or mental health impairments, are inherently vulnerable due to societal barriers, stigma, and discrimination. They face significant challenges in accessing education, employment, healthcare, and social services, making them the most vulnerable population.

Exclusion from Empowerment Initiatives

Government programs and policies aimed at empowering vulnerable populations often focus on economic empowerment, food security, and social protection. However, these initiatives frequently exclude people with disabilities, assuming they are unable to benefit or contribute. This assumption is far from the truth. People with disabilities can and do contribute to their communities and economies, but face significant barriers in doing so.

Examples of Exclusion

– Food palliative programs often require recipients to collect food packages in person, excluding those with mobility impairments.
– Economic empowerment initiatives may require participants to attend training sessions or workshops, which are frequently inaccessible to people with disabilities.
– Social protection programs may not provide adequate support for people with disabilities, leaving them vulnerable to poverty and exploitation.

A Call to Action for Kogi Central Political Office Holders

In Kogi Central, some political office holders have openly stated that people with disabilities are not among those to benefit from empowerment and palliative programs. This is despite the governor’s order to tailor implementation towards vulnerable groups in society. We urge these office holders to reconsider their stance and recognize the inherent vulnerability of people with disabilities. It is their responsibility to ensure inclusive programs that cater to the needs of all vulnerable populations, including people with disabilities.

Appreciation for Kind-Hearted Individuals in Kogi Central

We would like to take a moment to express our heartfelt appreciation to all those who have shown kindness and compassion towards persons with disabilities in Kogi Central. Your selfless acts of charity, support, and advocacy have not gone unnoticed. The prayers of persons with disabilities are always with you, even if they do not openly express their gratitude. Your kindness has made a significant difference in their lives, and we are eternally grateful.

Consequences of Exclusion

The exclusion of people with disabilities from empowerment initiatives perpetuates their marginalization, leading to:

– Increased poverty and dependence
– Limited access to education and employment opportunities
– Social isolation and stigma
– Poor health outcomes due to inadequate healthcare access

Inclusive Solutions

To address the vulnerability of people with disabilities, governments and policymakers must adopt inclusive solutions:

– Consult with people with disabilities and disability organizations to ensure programs are accessible and relevant
– Provide reasonable accommodations and support services
– Ensure physical and communication accessibility in all programs and services
– Address stigma and discrimination through public awareness campaigns and education


People with disabilities are the most vulnerable members of society, facing significant barriers and exclusion from empowerment initiatives. To truly support vulnerable populations, governments and policymakers must recognize the unique needs and challenges of people with disabilities and adopt inclusive solutions to address their marginalization. We urge political office holders in Kogi Central to take a more inclusive approach and ensure that people with disabilities are not left behind in empowerment and palliative programs. Only then can we ensure that all members of society have equal opportunities to thrive and contribute.

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