Edo State House of Assembly on Monday passed the 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 responsibilities for their education, healthcare, the protection of socio-economic, culture, civil and political rights.
The passage of the bill was sequel to the consideration of the report of the House Committee on Rules, Business and Government House on the bill for a law to ensure full integration of persons with disabilities into the society earlier presented by the Majority Leader of the House, Hon.Henry Okhuarobo, member representing Ikpoba-Okha constituency .
The House at the committee of the whole, in a motion moved by the Majority leader, Hon.Henry Okhuarobo and seconded by Hon. Nosayaba Okunbor member representing Orhionmwon East constituency considered the bill clause-by-clause without any major amendment.
On his part, the Speaker, Rt.Hon.Marcus Onobun said that the passage of the bill specifically designed to meet the aspirations of persons with special needs would lead to the establishment of the Edo State Commission for Persons with Disabilities.
The Speaker, however directed the Clerk of the House, Mr.Audu Omogbai, to give the bill its third reading while clean copies of the bill are to be forwarded to the Governor for his assent.
Meanwhile, the House has passed all 44 bills contained in the transmission of constitution of the Federal republic (5th alteration 44 bills) from the National Assembly.
The House, during the consideration of the 5th alteration bill of the constitution approved all the amendments contained in the 44 bills in a unanimous voice-vote without any objections.