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NGO Calls For Implementation Of Disability Law



The Disability Rights Advocacy Center (DRAC), a Non-Governmental Organization, has urged federal government to promote the human rights of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) by implementing the bill.

Executive Director of the organisation, Irene Patrick-Ogbogu, made the call in Abuja yesterday during a sensitization meeting on the.significance of the bill.

According to her, the disability bill when implemented will not only be a victory to the disabled community but to all of us. “We are going to engage with other stakeholders to get the bill implemented. It is not enough to just give us a law. A law on its own doesn’t do anything or change our lives. We want Implementation so we are pleading with those who are key actors and at the forefront of this struggle to push for its Implementation.”

LEADERSHIP recalls that the bill which is seeking for an Act to ensure full integration of persons with Disabilities in the society was signed into Law on January 23 by President Muhammadu Buhari following 9 years of relentless advocacy by disability rights groups and activists.

The executive secretary, National Human Rights commission, Mr Tony Ojukwu who also stressed the significance of implementing the bill commended the efforts of DRAC in ensuring the increment of awareness and improving the knowledge of disability community and stakeholders on the provisions of Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities.

Represented by Mrs Morenike Akinmuttimi, Ojukwu said the Commission will continue to collaborate and support the Initiatives of awareness creation in defending the right of persons with Disabilities in Nigeria.
“When you know your rights, no one would violate it and if they do, you know the proper channel to bring the violator to book.”