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Ondo launches braille version of VAPP law

Stakeholders with the Braille version of VAPP Law. Photo: Olufisoye Adenitan/Radio Nigeria

The Ondo state Government has launched the braille version of the Violence against persons prohibition law, VAPP.

The Braille version of the VAPP Law for Clusters of persons with disabilities was produced by the ondo state agency against Gender based violence, OSSAGBV and the Westminster Foundation For Democracy.

At the occasion, the Executive Director, OSSAGBV, Mrs Bolanle Afolabi said the VAPP law was an important document enacted to protect the rights of All citizens of the state .

In her Address, the Wife of the Governor, Mrs Betty Anyanwu Akeredolu represented by the Senior Special Assistant on Gender, Mrs Ngozi igbo-Okoro emphasized that the braille version was a good development to carry everyone in the society along especially persons with disability in the state.

She said that the administration was working towards ensuring that the VAPP Law was adequately implementation to protect the vulnerability of the special people.

Also speaking, the Ondo state Agency for the welfare of persons with disabilities, Mrs Folasade Arise commended the initiative of the braille version to punish offender and law breakers.

She said person with disability are most times vulnerable to rape because of their peculiarity of their disability.

Also the Chairman, Joint National Association of persons with disability Jonapwd, Mr Abiodun Samuel Olusegun appreciated the braille version of VAPP law which he said will assist the visually impaired persons in the state.

Earlier the Country Representative, Westminster Foundation For Democracy, Mr Adebowale Olorunmola said that WFD supported the provision of the assistive devices of braille version of VAPP law to aid the work of person with disability in the justice development in cases of Gender based violence.

In his presentation, the Executive Director Disability Awareness and Development initiative, Mr Stephen Akinola stressed the need to Create an economic empowerment initiative that would give financial stability to persons with disability because poverty is prevalent among them.

Reporting by Olufisoye Adenitan, Editing by Abdullahi Lamino