The interpreters will be financed initially by the Sightsavers-led programme Inclusive Futures, a partnership of 16 global organisations funded by UK aid working together to ensure people with disabilities have access to quality health care, education and work without the fear of stigma or discrimination.
Following a successful pilot in July, the interpreters will be financed by the Nigerian government, which will offer them permanent job contracts.
Rasak Adekoya, Sightsavers’ programme officer for Inclusive Futures, who is based in Nigeria, said: “I’m really excited to see this development and the commitment the Nigerian government has made. It shows the power of collective action and our ability at Sightsavers to make a real impact for people with disabilities.
“It’s sending lots of positive signals about the importance of inclusion – one action leads to more. We hope that this will inspire more progress in the country toward including people with disabilities.”