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CCD Urges PMB To Sign Disability Bill Into Law

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The Centre For Citizens with Disabilities has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the Nigerian Disability Bill into law.

Convener of the Centre for Citizens with Disabilities, David Anyaele, made the appeal during the weekend at a protest, held in Abuja.

Anyaele said signing the bill into law would maximally boost human capital development and encourage indigenous and foreign participation of persons with disabilities in economic, social and political development of the country.

“We are calling on President Buhari to fulfill his promise by signing the Disability Bill into law because we strongly believe that the President must recognize that the cost of living with disabilities is enormous.

“The hostile environment is excruciating; it is only signing the Act into law that will enable stakeholders to begin to create inclusive society and reduce the burden.”

According to him, the bill was transmitted on Dec. 18 by the clerk of the National Assembly in line with the centre’s demand for the urgent transmission of the bill to the president.

He said that this was the fourth time the disability bill would be transmitted to the president for assent since 1999 by the National Assembly.

“Over 25 million men and women with disabilities and their families are appealing to Nigerians for support to secure the president’s assent.

“As the presidential candidate of APC, the president promised on March 21, 2015, at Lafia, Nasarawa State, to end all forms of discrimination against PWDs in Nigeria if elected as the President through passage of the disability bill.

“The time for the President to fulfill his promise is now; already, he has appointed two senior special assistants and special assistant on disability matters.”

 

 

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