Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), over 10 years has partnered with the Joint National Association for Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD) in advocacy and fighting for the rights of people with disabilities.
This movement has been carried out in five other states including, Lagos, Kaduna, Kano, Akwa-Ibom, Enugu and FCT Abuja, under the project named Strengthening Persons with Disabilities Advocacy Capacity in Nigeria. This project is sponsored by the Government and good people of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
The goal of this project is to ensure that the capacity of OPDs is developed in the field of lobbying and advocacy in other to contribute to lively civil Society which holds the public and private sector accountable.
Honestly, it is a thing to worry about that 28th years after the creation of this great state, Abia State, there has been no law that protects the rights of persons with disabilities. Though in 2017, the 5th assembly passed the Abia State Disabled Welfare Bill the state Governor denied its accent.
We are worried that government Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) in Abia State provide their services and programs at the exclusion of persons with disabilities.
We are concerned that Abia State House of Assembly does not take the protection of the rights of persons with disabilities as an issue. Recognizing that no one, including the Governor, is immune from getting disability.
Therefore, we are using this press conference to call on Abians, friends, and associates of the people in power, in particular the Executive Governor Chief Okezie Ikpazu and the Honourable Speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly Chief Chinedu Orji to take concrete measures to set in motion prosses of passing the disability bill in Abia State.
So that, Abia State will belong to the progressive and stable states to push the Disability Act like Anambra, Kogi, Kano, Bauchi, Jigawa, Lagos, Ekiti and Ondo States.
CCD remains committed to working with disability organizations in Abia state to ensure that ‘No one is left behind’ in democratic governance.
Thank you so much.
David O. Anyaele
The Executive Director of Centre for Citizens with Disabilities