Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) has hailed Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki for signing into law Edo State Disability Bill.
The Executive Director of the Centre, David Obinna Anyaele made the commendation in his office on Tuesday in Abuja.
“We commend Gov. Godwin Obaseki for the signing into law, a Bill for a law to ensure full integration of persons with disabilities into the society and to establish Edo state commission for persons with disabilities and vest it with responsibility for their education, healthcare and the protection of their social, economic, cultural, civil and political rights, 2022.
“The disability law for Edo State provides for the prohibition of discrimination, prohibition of harmful treatment/practices, prohibition of cruelty and inhuman treatment, Access to public buildings and infrastructures, accessibility aids for public buildings, accessibility aids for public transport, non compliance to building code/plan, reserved spaces, right to first consideration in situations of risks and humanitarian emergencies, freedom of movement, prohibition of segregation, right to free education, free healthcare etc.
“We are extremely grateful to the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent the Paul, British Council led Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption program for their support to the disability community in Edo State which cumulated to the passage and assent of Gov. Obaseki to the disability bill in Edo State.”
Anyaele said the main job now is to secure full implementation of the law.
He also called on the Clerk of Edo State House of Assembly to speedily gazette the law to accelerate the full implementation. “We are also calling for the State to put in place mechanism for the full implementation of the law.
“While we thank our friends from the media for their support throughout the struggle for the passage of the disability bill in the state, we congratulate people with disabilities and civil society organisations in Edo State for securing passage of the law.
“We are calling on the leadership of the disability community in the the State to build their capacities, and sensitize their members on the provisions of the law to ensure that people with disabilities access justice on equal basis with others using the provisions of the newly signed law.”