By Gami Tadanyigbe
The Joint National Association of Persons With Disability (JONAPWD), has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing into law, the Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities in Nigeria.
Barr. Yusuf Iyodo, the national president of the association made the commendation during a press conference in Abuja Tuesday.
According to him, the bill was a critical legislation that would guarantee the protection of the rights and dignity of all persons with disabilities in Nigeria.
“After almost two decades of tireless struggle by the effort of disabled people organisations in Nigeria, the bill was finally signed into law.
“This singular move by the President has given people living with disability a pride of place as recognized citizens of this country.
“Now Nigeria can claim its pride of place in the community of progressive nations under the United Nation.
“We wish to use this opportunity to appreciate Mr President by hearing our cry and doing the needful in signing this bill into law,” he said.
Iyodo asserted that the new law was an answer to several years of discrimination, neglect and abuse of rights of the vulnerable groups who for no just cause live in penury.
However, he called for the speedy implementation of the law, to bring real impact and ease the poverty, discriminations and sufferings of people living with disabilities in Nigeria.
“To this end, we call on the government to please expedite action at putting in place the implementation of the provisions of the Act.
“Several administrations have come and gone and they have all ignored doing this for people living with disabilities.
“It is only fair that we support the government that has given us a sense of belonging as citizens of this country,” he said.