Abavo Kingsley, Benin

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Ebose (R) leading other disables in a solidarity song during the event in Benin.

President Muhammadu Buhari has been called upon to quickly sign into law the National Disability Bill waiting for his assent after it was Okayed by the National Assembly.

Also, domestication of the bill by the federating States when it is signed into law has been canvassed.

This becomes necessary as persons with disability have over the years been excluded from development plans of government largely due to absence of a disability law.

Chairman, Joint National Association of Persons with Disability (JONAPWD), Edo State Chapter, Ebose Henry made the call in Benin on Thursday, 29 November, 2018 in his speech to mark this year’s International Day of Persons with Disability.

Ebose said Edo State government however have shown positive concern for the plight of persons with disability, but most of those kind gesture remains piecemeal that bothers on charity or sympathy; hence they are largely inconsistent and insufficient.

Pointing out that policy makers view disability care in terms of charity and welfare and not human rights and dignity, he urged the Nigerian government to align and implement provision of ‘Article 4’ of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of persons with disability.

Ebose lamented that over six years an executive bill for the enactment of disability rights law was initiated in Edo State, relevant agents of government have failed to either pass or sign it into law.

The body of persons with disability called for the establishment of a special commission backed by law that would care for their plight in Edo.

The body pleaded with the Governor Obaseki government to consider how much impact a disability law can have on a sustainable actualization of this year’s theme: ‘Empowering Persons with Disability and ensuring inclusiveness and equality’.

“We appeal to his kind heartedness to muster up the political will by influencing the speedy passage of the disability bill and its enabling commission into law.”

Ebose however hailed the Governor for steps taken so far geared towards welfare of persons with disability in Edo State.