PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL: January 18th, 2023

AMUWO : SANUSI DONATES TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, PROMISE TO STRENGTHEN DISABILITY RIGHTS BILL

The All Progressives Congress (APC), House of Representatives Candidate, Prince Lanre A. Sanusi has promised to strengthen and liase with the necessary stakeholders to ensure every part of the Disability Act is enforced.

Sanusi made this remarks when he interacted with members of the Amuwo Odofin Branch of the Spinal Cord Injury Association of Nigeria with a strength of over 800 registered members.

Worried about the need to address the challenges of persons with disability Sanusi said ” In Nigeria, as in many countries, the journey to achieving disability-inclusive development has not been without challenges. After ratifying the UNCRPD in 2007 and the optional protocols in 2011, it took 12 years of relentless advocacy work for Nigeria to finally get a disability act in place, I will ensure its provisions are effective to the latter”.

There is therefore need to take into account and to address their concerns in all policy-making and programming. Special measures are needed at all levels to integrate them into the mainstream of development“.

My legislative pursuit therefore is conceived to provide the much-needed voice and lead a movement that champions a more organized and strategic response to disability issues with a development mindset in Nigeria”.

The high point of the event was when members of the Association unanimously identified with the PLS mandate to the Green Chamber, adorning themselves with PLS Souvenirs as a mark of solidarity.

The Awori born philanthropist thanked the group for their support and also used the event to support members of the Association in cash and kind.

Push News 24 reports that on January 23, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari signed into law the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act, 2018, following 9 years of relentless advocacy by disability rights groups and activists.

According to the World Health Organization’s 2011 World Disability Report, about 15 percent of Nigeria’s population, or at least 25 million people, have a disability. Many of them face a number of human rights abuses including stigma, discrimination, violence, and lack of access to healthcare, housing, and education.

Nigeria ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) in 2007 and its Optional Protocol in 2010. Since then, civil society groups and people with disabilities have called on the government and relevant stakeholders to put it into practice.