By Nkechi Isaac, Abuja –
Disabled Nigerians have raised the alarm over the alleged disappearance of the Disability Bill currently before the National Assembly.
Addressing journalists during a media dialogue in Abuja, the Executive Director of Centre for Citizens with Disability (CCD), David Anyaele, lamented that the bill cannot be traced since its harmonization in 2016.
He said: “The Disability Bill at the National Assembly is missing. Nobody can tell us where the disability bill is. This is one year after the harmonisation of the disability bill, it has not been transmitted to the president for assent and the Federal Government of Nigeria is not demanding for this disability bill.”
Anyaele bemoaned the federal government’s disregard and neglect of people with disability, noting that no government’s programme targets disabled people.
According to him, “There is no federal government programme that is targeting people with disability in this country; this is gross discrimination, this is gross neglect, this is gross abuse, this is unacceptable in this 21st century that a country will generate a budget of more than N7 trillion and there is no way you can link that budget to the rehabilitation of people with disabilities for better living for all, it is worrisome.
“Regrettably this year, the Federal Government of Nigeria launched their revitalised Primary Health Care Programme, they mentioned all the beneficiaries including woman and children but people with disabilities were excluded. This is to show that the suffering of those living with disability in this country is state driven.
“This is being master minded by state actors and Nigerians should call them to order because the families of people with disability are the most vulnerable in all this. The cost of living for people with disabilities is increasing day by day due to government’s neglect and the question is who is next because no Nigerian is immune including the people in authority, the people in parliament including their family members and relations?”