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Published On: Fri, Dec 12th, 2014

Association seek passage of Disability Rights Bill

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From Mohammad Ibrahim, Kaduna

As the world celebrate the International Day for Persons with Disability, a group, under the auspices of joint National Association of Person with Disability (JONAPWD) is seeking for the passage of Disability Rights Bill, which was presented to Kaduna state House of Assembly in 2009.

The group said since the Bill was submitted to the house of assembly it yet to be passed into law.

Speaking during a one day symposium in commemoration of the international day for persons with disability 2014 held in the state, JONAPWD National Chairman, Julius Shemang appealed to the state governor to look into the issue amicably.

He said a committee of carefully selected stakeholders that cut across different ministries, departments, institutions and organizations led by parent ministry, the ministry of women Affairs was set up in May last year, to review the state Persons with Disability Bill presented to state house of assembly in 2009 but not passed due to irregularities.

“The committee was asked to review and produce a more comprehensive Bill that will be acceptable by all and this they have done. I am appealing to his excellency to look into the matter of the Bill; so the work of the committee, which is now at the stage of harmonization and passage for the full integration and protection of persons with disabilities in the state, will be a waste,” he said.

The chairman also appealed to the state governor to make education of persons with disabilities free and compulsory at all levels from primary through tertiary institution.

Mr. Julius also urged the state government to always consider persons with disabilities with employment opportunities into civil service, as that will make them self-dependent.

In her remarks, wife the state governor, Hajiya Fatima Muktar Ramalan Yero represented by permanent Secretary Ministry of Women Affairs, Hajiya Hauwa Umar said the bill will soon be passed.

“The bill has already reached the table of the governor because it has the blessing of the wife of the governor. We hope soon the bill will be passed into law,” she said.


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