The Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities, JONAPWD, Enugu State chapter calls on Enugu State Governor Dr. Peter Mbah to set up the Enugu State Disability Commission and constitute its board so as to ensure successful implementation of the tenets of the disability law in Enugu State; over 20 States across the federation have begun the process.
Persons with disabilities in Enugu State stated this in a press statement signed by Comrade Onyebuchi Mba, State Chairman JONAPWD on Saturday.
Yearning for a level playing ground that promotes self-discovery and reliance other than self-pity and perpetual liability, the group also requests of the state government to not only create a disability desk but give them at least 5% appointment into political positions.
Creating the Commission as enshrined in the law will curb dehumanization of these vulnerable members of the society who are at the mercies of some unscrupulous individuals who capitalize on their predicaments as avenue to make money via begging; the disability law stipulates penalties for such surreptitious activities.
The Bill for a law to provide for the full integration of persons with disabilities into the society, establish the Enugu State persons with disabilities Commission and vest in the Commission the responsibilities for their Education, health, social, economic and civil rights and other connected purposes otherwise referred to as Enugu State Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities Prohibition Bill of 2022 was passed into law on Tuesday 4th of April, 2023 law by the Enugu State House of Assembly and on the 28th of April, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, the then Governor assented to it.
The Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD) registered in 1992 is an umbrella body across the Nigeria federation consisting of all persons with disabilities; it is a platform that serves as the voice of the disability community across the federation.
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