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Group Hails Ikpeazu, Obaseki for Signing Disability Laws.

By Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja

The Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) has commended the Governors of Abia State Governor Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu and Edo State Governor Mr. Godwin Obaseki for the Signing of the Disability Laws.

Executive Director of the Centre, David Obinna Anyaele while calling on the Clerks of the two states to speedily gazette the laws to accelerate their full implementations charged the leadership of the disability community in the States to build capacities, and sensitize their members on the provisions of the laws to ensure that people with disabilities access justice on an equal basis with others using the provisions of the newly signed laws.

According to Anyaele “We received with Great excitement the good news of the signing into law of the Abia State Disability Bill by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu Ph.D., bringing to closure the demand by more than 400,000 people with disabilities in the State for a legal framework that would protect them from discrimination and other harmful practices by reason of their disability.

“We commend Gov. Ikpeazu for his assent to this law thereby engraving his name as the first Governor in Abia State to sign a law that promotes the welfare of Abians with disabilities”

He added that “The signed Disability Law which is cited as the Abia State Commission for Persons with Disabilities Law 2022 has placed the State on the map of States that protects the rights of persons with disabilities. The law would go a long way towards ensuring that government programs and activities do not exclude any citizen of the State by reason of disability. It is gratifying to record this good news from Abia State in favour of persons with disabilities as the reign of exclusion, stigma, and isolation of people with disabilities by State and non State actors has come to an end.

“We equally commend Gov. Godwin Obaseki for the signing into law, a Bill For a Law To Ensure Full Integration Of Persons With Disabilities Into The Society And To Establish Edo State Commission for Persons With Disabilities And Vest It With Responsibility for Their Education, Healthcare And The Protection Of Their social, Economic, Cultural, Civil And Political Rights, 2022.

He maintained that the disability law for Edo State provides for the Prohibition of discrimination, Prohibition of harmful treatment/practices, Prohibition of cruelty and inhuman treatment, Access to public buildings and infrastructures, Accessibility aids for Public Buildings, Accessibility aids for Public Transport, Noncompliance to Building Code/Plan, Reserved Spaces, Right to first consideration in situations of risks and humanitarian emergencies, Freedom of Movement, Prohibition of Segregation, Right to Free Education, Free Healthcare, etc.

In his gratitude, Anyaele thanked the wife of Abia State Governor, Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu Ph.D. for standing on behalf of the disability community in the State throughout the struggle for the passage of this disability law. The push and follow-up by the Clerk of the Abia State House of Assembly Chief John-Pedro Irokansi to secure the assent of the Governor on the bill deserves commendation and also the consistent push by the disability community in Abia State towards ensuring that the assent of the Governor did not slip off their hands is worthy of emulation.

He also expressed his gratitude to the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent the Paul, British Council-led Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption program for their support to the disability community in Edo State which cumulated to the passage and assent of Gov. Obaseki to the disability bill in Edo State.”

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