By Abdulmumin Giwa
Persons with disabilities have issued a one week ultimatum for the federal government to sign the bill prohibiting discrimination against them urgently, requesting the law makers to immediately transmit it to the presidency for assent.
This was stated by the executive director of Gender and Disability Advocacy Inclusion Center (GADIAC), Rabi Yusuf Gezawa that led other groups of people with disability to the NUJ Kano Secretariat where they were received by the Chairman, Abbas Ibrahim.
“Failure to do the needful from now till the end of next week will result to the massive mobilization of our members across the country for sit-out campaigns at various locations in the major cities of the country” she declared.
She explained that the population of people with disability in Nigeria is approximately 25 million and Nigeria is a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (UNCRPD) but yet there is no legal policy to involve them in the Development Agenda.
“In fact, it has been an 8-year long nightmare as the Nigeria Disability Bill has not seen the light of the day from the 5th to the 6th to the 7th and now the 8th Assembly, each time been refused assent by the President. It begs the question “what does the Nigerian government have against persons with disability?”” she stated
Gezawa further said that persons with disabilities in Nigeria face countless discrimination daily on account of their disabilities, particularly challenges in mobility, access to healthcare and education, physical and emotional abuse and neglect. They are in dire need of a law with an appropriate institutional framework to protect them.