25 October 2019
The Federal Government has been called upon to take appropriate measures to establish the National Disability Commission and also ensure that the Disability Act is implemented by various Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
The Executive Director, Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), Mr. David Anyaele disclosed this during a round table session with various MDAs and relevant stakeholders on the way forward concerning the establishment of the commission, in Abuja.
According to Anyaele ”it is worrisome that research shows that 25 million Nigerians have forms of disability with about 80 per cent living in rural areas with minimum access to social infrastructure and also more than 99.5 percent of public infrastructures in Nigeria are not accessible to person’s with disabilities”.
”We are here to stimulate the interest of the Federal Government for the implementation of the National Disability Act through sensitization of the MDAs on their roles and responsibilities in the implementation of the Act, and identify areas for collaboration to ensure no one is left behind in the implementation of the Act.” Mr David said.
It is expected that stakeholders at the meeting would work toward the realisation of the full implementation of the National Disability Act to ensure a free society devoid of discrimination on the grounds of disability.
Various Ministries Department and Agencies(MDAs) present at the roundtable discussion assured of their support towards the course of establishing of the commission and also ensuring that the 2030 Agenda Social Development Goals.( SDGs) is a all-inclusive.
Recall that the centre for citizens with Disability with other organisations of person’s with Disability fought relentlessly to break the 18 years delay for the passage of the discrimination against persons with disabilities prohibition Act which was signed into law early 2019 by President Mohammadu Buhari.