The Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities and Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Network, are collaborating to have an abridged version of Anambra State Disability Right Law in Igbo and Pidgin English for easy access and comprehension.
Correspondent Kenechukwu Chukwudi reports that this was disclosed in Awka during a meeting between the two groups.
The Anambra State Disability Right law, passed by the State House of Assembly and assented to by Governor Willie Obiano in 2018, seeks to protect persons with disabilities from abuse and exploitation, while giving them a sense of belonging to maximize their opportunities.
To ensure that the law is made available, and for easy understanding, the joint efforts of Joint National Associaton of Persons with Disabilities and Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption, aim at ensuring that no one is left out because of language barrier.
In his speech, Anambra state Chairman, Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities, Mr. Ugochukwu Okeke, noted that appreciable level of progress has been made since the law took effect, adding that the event was to review and adopt abridged translations.
He thanked the state government for its effort in supporting persons with disabilities, and called for setting up a disability commission as demanded in the law to champion full implementation of the law.
Also speaking,Mrs Josephine Onah of Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption office, Awka, explained that the law will ensure inclusiveness for persons with disabilities, as effort to implement the law should be a continuous one.
Mr. Ikechukwu Ezeokafor of Joint National Association of Persons With Disabilities, said the abridged version of the disabilities law will bring about respect of rights of persons with disabilities through comprehension of the law, stating that the disabled persons are prepared to vote in the upcoming gubernatorial election in the state given the provision made by the Independent National Electoral Commission for them while Mrs Rita Okonkwo from Ministry of Trade and Commerce noted that the law is important for the disabled persons to have a sense of belonging.
The event also witnessed the presence of other critical stakeholders, including Sir Joseph Uchendu of the National Orientation Agency and Professor Mercy Anagbogu of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.