The Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) has commended Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and Governor Godwin Obaseki, Executive Governors of Abia and Edo States respectively, for enacting disability laws in their respective states.
The Edo State Governor assented to a Bill For a Law to Ensure Full Integration Of Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) into society and to establish the Edo State Commission for Persons With Disabilities while the Abia State Governor signed the Abia State Disability Bill into law.
In a press statement signed by CCD’s Executive Director, David Anyael, the Group lauds the landmark achievement noting that the law would go a long way towards ensuring that government programs and activities do not exclude any citizen of the State because of disability.
Anyaele noted that, “while we thank our friends from the media for their support throughout the struggle for the passage of the disability bills in the States, we congratulate people with disabilities and civil society organizations in Abia and Edo States for securing the passage of these laws.
He thereafter called “on the leadership of the disability community in the two States to build their capacities and sensitize their members on the provisions of the laws to ensure that people with disabilities access justice on an equal basis with others using the provisions of the newly signed laws.”
CCD used the opportunity to express gratitude to the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent the Paul, British Council-led Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption program for their support to the disability community in Edo State, which cumulated to the passage and assent of Gov. Obaseki to the disability bill in Edo State.