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Senate endorses Disability Bill

01 April 2014, 07:32

Abuja - The Senate has passed the Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Bill 2014 into law after it went through third reading in the house.

Senator Nurudeen Abatemi sponsored the bill.

Presenting the Bill for the clause by clause consideration, Senator Adamu Gumba, noted that over 10 percent of Nigeria’s population was disabled.

He added that these people were confronted by several challenges, including marginalization occasioned by discrimination on the basis of their infirmity.

Gumba stressed that the bill sought legal protection against any form of discrimination they suffer either directly or indirectly. He disclosed that without the necessary legislative protection, it will be very difficult to address their plight.

“The legislation would seek for the establishment of an Agency that would cater for their needs such as healthcare, employment opportunities, and easy access to both public and private establishments,” Gumba said.

He revealed that the Sixth Senate had passed the bill into law but President Goodluck Jonathan withheld assent hence the need for this version of the bill.

The Senator averred that the current initiative took cognizance of the positions and attempts to propose a very small Agency that would be cost effective, stressing that almost all the Board Members of the Agency will be on part time basis.

The law-maker thanked his colleagues for the support accorded the Senate Joint Committee on Sports and Social Development, Women Affairs and Youth Development in carrying out the assignment and the Senate for the opportunity given to them.

– CAJ News

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