- Nigerians have joined the rest of the world to recognise the International Day for Persons with Disabilities on Friday, December 3
- The day was proclaimed by United Nations through resolution 47/3 of 1992 to promote the rights and well-being of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs)
- The Inclusive Friends Association and its allies on the Access Nigeria Campaign has taken the advantage to advocate for change on PWDs issues
FCT, Abuja - The Inclusive Friends Association (IFA) and its allies on the Access Nigeria Campaign have made some recommendations to help People With Disabilities (PWDs) attain leadership and participation in 2022 and beyond.
The recommendations were made in a press statement to commemorate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
The theme of this year's celebration is “Leadership and Participation towards an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 World.”
Below are the recommendations:
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1. We urge governments to engage persons with disabilities in the democratic process, to combat discrimination and abuse, counter prejudice, and to protect their rights, and ensure their inclusion in all facets of life on an equal basis with other people.
2. We call on the government to speed up the implementation of the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2018 to enable the communities of PWDs deploy their huge potentials, values, talents, and contributions to the country and global community.
3. We call on the executive and National Assembly to ensure that the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities is fully funded in the 2022 appropriation bill, now being considered by the latter, and other budgets in the years to come.
4. We call on all DPOs, PWDs, other Nigerian citizens, and the international community to support the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities in implementing policies that would help PWDs cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.
5. We call on all Ministries, Departments & Agencies (MDAs) responsible for implementing the Disability Act to develop policies that will ensure the implementation of the Disability Act.
6. We urge the government to develop a PWD emergency national action plan to respond to the needs of PWDs during pandemic and beyond. Government and other relevant agencies should have an emergency preparedness plan before an outbreak particularly covering the needs of PWDs to avoid reactionary measures such as it occurred in the Covid-19 pandemic situation.
DRAC launches simplified version of Disabilities (Prohibition) Act
Meanwhile, following the signing into law of the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act, 2018 by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Disability Rights Advocacy Center (DRAC) has launched a simplified version of the law.
The new version was launched in Abuja by Anthony Ojukwu, the executive secretary of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), who was represented by Mrs Morenike Akinmutimi, a chief investigative officer at the commission.
The event was a sensitization meeting on the Act organised by DRAC with support from CBM-UK.