Group urges government to pass disability bill into law
A non-governmental organisation, Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), has called on the government to pass Disability Bill into law in order to protect and reduce the burden of over 25 million Nigerians with disabilities.
In a statement signed by its executive director, David Anyaele, the organisation said it is disheartened about the rehabilitation and reintegration for persons with disabilities at the Federal and State levels.
CCD said: “We’re concerned that Federal and State government have continued to exclude citizens with disabilities in the National Social Investment program and other development programs aimed at reducing poverty and improving livelihood in the country.”
As the organization marks the International Day of persons with Disabilities (IDPD) with the theme ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all’, the organization wants persons with disabilities to be both beneficiaries and agents of change to fast track the process towards inclusive and sustainable development and promote resilient society for all.
CCD further enjoined the international development partners to compel Nigerian government to pay adequate attention to disability issues.
“This can be made possible by ensuring that Federal and State government indicate in all development support agreements how people with disabilities will benefit from such intervention,” Anyaele declared.
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