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Foundation calls for enforcement of Disabilities Act

Man sitting on a wheel chair Photo: T2A

The Albino Foundation says the enforcement and implementation of the Disabilities Act in all private establishments will reduce stigmatisation and discrimination against Persons With Disabilities (PWDs).

The National Programme Manager of the Foundation, Damian Ivom, said this in Abuja during a workshop for private sector entities on the contents of the Discrimination Against Persons With Disabilities (Prohibition) Act, 2018.

Mr Ivom emphasised the need for ramps in all business environments to enable Persons with Disabilities to gain access to their facilities.

A Legal Practitioner and Co-Founder, Amputee Coalition of Nigeria, Florence Marcus, said there were about 25 million PWDs in the country, and stressed the need to sensitise the public and especially the private sector on the roles and responsibilities expected from them, in order to ensure a faster implementation of the Act.

A Representative of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Williams Simon, said it was vitally important to employ and accommodate more PWDs in the private sector to enable them to share their experiences and participate in the development of the country.

Reporting by Ifeoma Nwovu; editing by Adeniyi Bakare and Tony Okerafor