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CDD Calls On PMB To Sign Disability Bill Into Law



The executive director, Centre for Citizens with Disability (CDD), David Anyaele has called on the National Assembly to send the disability bill recently passed by the lawmakers to President Muhammadu Buhari for his assent. The executive director stated this while speaking with Journalists at a one-day stakeholders forum on disability bill, which held in Abuja and organised by the CDD with support from the Australian High Commission, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development as well as ROLAC.

According to Anyaele, “This is four months that the Bill has been passed by the National Assembly, we are asking the National Assembly to transmit the Bill to Mr President for his assent as it is critical for people with disability to participate in government.”
In his words, “This assent is critical for people with disabilities to participate in government programmes and activities. Recognising that this administration has rolled out different interventions aimed at improving the livelihoods of Nigerians, but a situation where these interventions are designed at the expense of people with disabilities is deplorable and Nigerians must condemn it.” He stated that the need to sign the disability bill into law and to criminalise all forms of discrimination and other harmful practices against people living with disabilities is important.

Speaking on the stakeholders forum, he noted that the meeting is designed to sensitise stakeholders and MDAs especially those responsible for rehabilitation and integration of people with disabilities, on the content of the bill in order to strategize and see areas they can buy in, to ensure that the President signs the Bill into law. “Without signing that disability bill into law, all other activities of the state remain charity and charity is not sustainable. “Beyond that also we are asking Senator Bukola Saraki and other members of the National Assembly to take appropriate measures to transmit the Bill to the president for his accent because this is the area that we need the intervention of the chairman of the National Assembly,” he said.

“Why we always emphasise discrimination is because one of the key problems people with disabilities have are issues of attitude and this is demonstrated through discrimination. And discrimination hinders people with disability from access to quality health services, education, and political participation and so on”, he noted. Supporting the call, the Australian High Commission, through the deputy high commissioner, Cleo Wilson said there is need for member nations of the UN to ensure that the rights of citizens are recognised through domestic legislation.
She said, “Australia as a member of the International community is interested in supporting the signing into law of the disability bill, because we believe that people with disability have an important role to play and sometimes need a little bit of additional support to allow them contribute to society”.