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Stakeholders decry stigmatization against PWDs

The Centre for Citizens with Disabilities, a non-governmental organization has called on government organizations to put structures that will be disability friendly in their organisations in line with the provisions of the National Disability Act.

The Executive Director, of the Centre Mr. David Anyaele, made the call in Abuja during the 4th Anniversary of the Disabilities Act.

Mr. Anyaele said research conducted by his organisation last year showed that ministries,  departments and agencies still stigmatise and discriminate against persons with disabilities in their programs and activities .

He said despite the fact that the disability law provides that five percent of PWDS were employed by government agencies, implementations are yet to take effect.

“We are aware that it’s a huge trouble for someone with disability to go to school regrettably when they graduate because of lack of employment they become burdens to their families.”

Mr Anyaele said since the law came into existence in 2019, only seventeen  States have passed it and called on Benue, Osun, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Imo, Ebonyi, Yobe, to take a cue and stop stigmatisation of PWDS in their States.

In a remark,  the National Coordinator of the Rule of Law, ROLAC,Mr Danladi Plang said they would continue to work together to ensure that the provisions of the law was enforced nationwide.

The Country Director, Disabilities Right Fund, Mr Theophilus Odaudu called on the Chairman Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC Professor Mahmood Yakubu to ensure that structures are in place for PWDS to access Polling Units on Election days as it was part of the provisions of the Disabilities Act.

Reporting by Ogochukwu Okoronkwo, editing by Daniel Adejo