By Uzoma Nzeagwu
The Chairman, Anambra State Physical Planning Board (ANSPPB), Chike Maduekwe, has restated the state government’s commitment at ensuring that all public buildings and other infrastructure in the state must adhere strictly to provisions of the state disability rights law.
Maduekwe, who stated this when members of State Disability Rights Commission (ANSDRC) led by the Chairman, Chukwuka Ezewuzie, visited his office at Amawbia, Awka South Local Council, on 18 October, assured that Governor Chukwuma Soludo has always maintained his vision of building a liveable and prosperous smart mega city.
He further assured the Commission of the state government’s partnership to ensure that many things are done differently under its watch, especially in terms of infrastructure and building construction.
While describing the visit as divine and an eye opener, Maduekwe insisted that the Soludo administration is committed to building a liveable, prosperous megacity for everyone, irrespective of age, sex, class or impairment, adding that no one is more important than others.
He said: “Your visit today is an eye opener, because there are a lot of things we need to do differently in terms of how infrastructures are built.
“This homeland should be one that every member of the society must be able to access and benefit from, irrespective of social status, physical disability and otherwise.
“We will work together and I know that when the governor sees the need we are bringing to the fore, he will approve them. These are things that will improve the quality of life of Anambra people. So, your visit here is an act of God and we will act accordingly.”
Earlier in his address, Ezewuzie said their advocacy visit was part of efforts to sensitise ministries and agencies on operation and provisions of the State Disability Rights Law 2018.
He recalled that the disability rights law, which was passed and assented to by the immediate past administration of Willie Obiano, was a domestication of international best practices contained in United Nations (UN) charter for People With Disabilities (PWDs).