By Uchenna Ezeadigwe
JONAPWD chairman in Anambra, Hon Ugochukwu Okeke made the call during a round table discussion with CSOs, and media on the assent of Anambra state disability right bill held at Awka, on Monday.he joint national association of persons with disability (JOPNAPWD), Anambra state chapter in conjunction with the rule of law and anti-corruption programme (ROLOC), have urged the Anambra state governor, Willie Obiano to urgently sign the disability right law in the state into law.
Okeke told participants at the session that it is the right of any nation that have the genuine interest of her people to enact laws and provisions to protect and guarantee inclusiveness and equality of citizens with disabilities in the society and eradicate discrimination.
“Despite the fact that Nigeria signed and ratified both the UN convention on rights of persons with disability, people with disabilities still live in discrimination and are unable to fully access justice mainly due to absence of adequate law and policies to ensure their full integration”, he said.
The Anambra state programme co-ordinator for rule of law and anti-corruption programmes (ROLOC), Mrs Onah Josephine, also stressed the need for assent and implementation of the disability rights law in the state. “We are part of the support for the bill that is why the bill if passed will ensure access to justice for persons with disability but it can only be implemented with assent to law, that is why we the stakeholders are here to give our voices for the governor of the state to assent the bill to ensure that justice prevail”, she said.
However, the senior special assistant to the Governor on Disability matters, Barr Chuka Ezewuzie disclosed that efforts are in top gear by the state government to ensure that the PWDs rights are fully established and implemented.
“I am happy to inform you that I was with the attorney general and was assured that they have done their part and that the bill have now moved to the secretary to the state governor SSG where it will now move to the governor’s table. And knowing the special interest my governor has on the issue of disability, the first lady has continued to support them with projects aimed at improving their livelihood’.
“We want to achieve two things; greater publicity of the assent and establishment of disability right fund provided by the bill”, he added.