By Paul Efiong,Abuja
The Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing into law the Discrimination Against Persons with disabilities Prohibition Act 2018 which seeks among other things seek to stop all forms of discrimination against persons with disabilities in the country.
Addressing a world press conference in Abuja, the National President of JONAPWD Ms. Ekaette Judith Umoh, expressed her gratitude to President Buhari led administration for the historic assent, which according to her has , which according to her will alleviate the sufferings of over 27 Million Nigerians with disabilities.
Ekaette further expressed her association’s readiness to ensure the law takes effect immediately adding that persons with disabilities in the country had endured humiliation and discrimination from people, government and corporate entities for over 20 years.
He assured that with the current development in the country, Nigeria has demonstrated her readiness and commitment to honor international obligation as one of the countries that are signatory to International Treaties aimed at protecting the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD).
According to JONAPWD boss, ‘the Discrimination against persons with Disabilities Prohibition Act would see corporate entities and individuals face sanctions if found guilty of discriminating against persons with disabilities now that Nigeria has a law that protects disable persons, after twenty years.
According to her, “in a historic moment, the government of the Mohammadu Buhari led administration has in response to the plight of over 27 million Nigerians with disabilities assented to the discrimination against persons with disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2018, as of yesterday the 23”d of January 2019.
“The presidential assent to the bill has demonstrated Nigeria’s commitment to honor its international obligations as one of the countries that are signatory to the CRPD, an international treaty aimed at protecting the rights of persons with disabilities.
“The Act would see corporate entities and individuals face excruciating sanctions if found guilty of discriminating against persons with disabilities,” she said.