The Special Assistant to the governor of Abia State on Persons With Disabilities, Mr David Anyaele, has urged Nigerians particularly the media to be in the forefront of the campaigns to implement the Disability Act enacted by the National Assembly as well as state houses of assembly across the nation.
Speaking at a sensitisation workshop for Media executives working in Abia State in Umuahia on Thursday, Anyaele lamented it is disappointing that despite enactment of the Disability Acts at federal and state levels, most states have refused to implement the content of the Acts.
He tasked the media to assume a pivotal role by ensuring that the rights of people with disabilities are protected.
Anyaele, who is the immediate past Executive Director, Centre for Citizens with Disabilities, said however that the Abia State government will implement the content of the Abia State Disability Law as enacted by the State House of Assembly in 2022.
According to him, Gov. Otti’s promises of enhancing the welfare and wellbeing of Persons with Disabilities will be implemented from Ward to Ward, adding that his administration is committed to ensuring the welfare of the deprived.
In his comment at the event, the Abia State Chairman, Persons with Disabilities, Mr Okechukwu Kalu, appealed to the state government to take adequate measures to protect the rights of PWDs.
He noted that those PWDs have the right to life, to association, to assembly etc and therefore urged the media to help defend the rights of the Persons With Disabilities across the nation.