PWD Urges Assent To Disability Bill
•Agbakoba tasks FG on Electoral Act
PWD Urges Assent To Disability Bill – Joint National Association of Persons Living with Disabilities (JONAPWD), Ekiti State chapter, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the Disability Bill into law.
They made the call at a press conference by JONAPWD Chairman, Omotola Omotula and Secretary, Funso Olajide in Ado Ekiti.
The forum was part of activities to mark the 2018 International Day for Persons with Disabilities.
The association lamented that the lack of political will has made successive presidents, since 1999 to refuse signing the bill.
They expressed concern that the bill, which was forwarded to the president over two months ago, has remained in limbo.
Also, they urged the president to establish a commission to look after its estimated 27.9 million members across the country.
The body also pleaded with the state governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi to appoint its member as either a commissioner or special adviser, adding that such would propel persons with disabilities to work hard and contribute to the society, rather than being liabilities.
Olajide said: “Statistics have shown that one out of 10 Nigerians lives with one form of disability, or the other. The same statistics revealed that PWDs in Nigeria are 27.9 million, out of 180million population.
In a related development, former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Dr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), yesterday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the Electoral Act (amendment) bill 2018.
In an open letter on the platform of Human Rights Law Service, (HURILAW) the activist lamented that the bill has not been signed into law three months into the general elections.
He said: “It is therefore important that you sign the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2018. This will enable the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), political parties and the courts to discharge their responsibilities effectively.”