Feb. 23, 2021.
The Honourable Minister
Federal Ministry for Aviation.
Office of the Hon. Minister,
Federal Ministry of Aviation.
We urge for the full implementation of the Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2018 by ensuring as follows:
To speedily investigate the increasing human rights violations against citizens with disabilities by airline operators in Nigeria with the view of bringing perpetrators to book.
Elimination of all forms of violence against citizens with disabilities at the airports through implementation of Section 1:A person with disability shall not be discriminated against on the ground of his disability by any person or institution in any manner or circumstance whatsoever.
Full implementation of Section 14 of the Act which provides as follows:
1) All airlines operating in Nigeria shall ―
(a) ensure the accessibility of their aircraft to persons with disabilities;
(b) make available presentable and functional wheelchairs for the conveyance of persons with disabilities who need it to and from the aircraft;
(c) ensure that persons with disabilities are assisted to get on and off board in safety and reasonable comfort;
(d) ensure that persons with disabilities are accorded priority while boarding and disembarking from the aircraft.
(2) All airports shall make available for the conveyance of persons with disabilities who need it to and from the aircraft, a presentable and functional assistive and protective device.
We need #Accessible Airports, in line with the provisions of sections 4 and 5 of the Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2018, in particular mobile wheelchair lifters in all our airports across the Federation for easy access to and from aircraft, as more than 95% of the airports in Nigeria are not accessible to persons with disabilities.
In addition to the above, implement section 28 and 29 of the Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act which provides for right to work and opportunity for employment. In fact, section 29 provides that all employers of labour in public organisations shall as much as possible have person with disabilities constituting at least 5% of their employment. We are requesting that you use your influence to ensure that an audit of your Ministry Staff strength is conducted to ensure that 5% of the Staff capacity of your Ministry is reserved for citizens with disabilities.
We would like to partner with the Federal Ministry of Aviation to build the capacity of Senior Ministry officials on the Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2018. This is to enhance the full implementation of the Act and service delivery of the Ministry on persons with disabilities.
The Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is the premier not-for-profit making organization of, and for persons with disabilities that works to promote disability rights, independent living, and social inclusion of persons with disabilities in development efforts. It also works to educate, support and empower persons with disabilities and their families to maximize their potentials. It was established in 2002 in Lagos and incorporated with the Corporate Affairs Commission Abuja as a charity organization. The organisation was founded as a result of the founder’s harrowing experiences in the hands of the rebel warlords in the war-torn Sierra Leone who tearfully amputated his two hands, thereby forcefully consigning him into physical disability.
CCD is recognized by Federal and State line Ministries, Departments and Agencies as a credible NGO working on disability matters. We have over the past fifteen years sought a redefinition of society’s perception of the plight of persons with disabilities. CCD’s mandate and objectives includes to: protect, promote and safeguard the rights of persons with disabilities and promote public enlightenment in civic education, human rights and public policy; initiate and implement programmes, policies and activities geared toward the promotion and enhancement of the welfare of persons with disabilities; empower or assist in empowering persons with disabilities and regularly access the impact of public policy on human rights and report on same through publications seminars, workshops and lectures amongst others.
CCD is an advocacy group that has worked in influencing policies in favour of persons with disabilities at the national and State level. CCD led organizations of persons with disabilities and sustained the advocacy for the passage of the National Disability Act, and Lagos State Special Peoples law 2010. CCD was also instrumental in influencing the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the National Strategic Plan on HIV & AIDS and the Lagos State AIDS Control Agency Strategic Plan on HIV & AIDS as well as INEC policy on PWDs. For further information visit: https://ccdnigeria.org.
Thank you so much for the audience.
David O. Anyaele