PLWD Urges Abiodun To  Approve Disability Bill For Rights Implementation

Daud Olatunji

The Blind Human Rights Association of Nigeria (BHAN) has raised concerns over the plight of Persons Living With Disabilities (PLWD) in Ogun State, lamenting the lack of job opportunities and support.

President ,Blind Human Rights Association of Nigeria ,Ogun State chapter, Ayodeji Kamorudeen, issued and signed an open letter, addressed to Governor Dapo Abiodun.

Kamorudeen  emphasized the urgent need for the implementation of a new bill aimed at providing legal protection and support for individuals with disabilities.

He said “We are begging the state government to give assent to the bill on disable .

“We are graduates, but there are no job opportunities. Some of us have undergone vocational training, yet there’s no empowerment or access to free education for social security services,” 

The association in the  letter warned that the failure to enact this bill would be perceived as discrimination against individuals with disabilities, questioning their status as valued citizens of Ogun State.

The President recounted two previous meetings with Governor Abiodun, highlighting the association’s efforts to advocate for their rights.

He said “We urge the government to acknowledge our plight because this suffering is unbearable.”

 Recalling that former president Muhammadu Buhari had signed  the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act, 2018, and described it  as a milestone in disability rights advocacy. 

He added that the  law aims to establish a National Commission for Persons with Disabilities to ensure access to housing, education, and healthcare, among other provisions.

In  the statement, the President of BHAN’s Ogun State chapter appealed to the state government to expedite the assent to the disability bill, underscoring the urgency of the situation.

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