National Human Right Commission to collaborate with DRAC on Disability Act

Collaboration

Abuja, March 14, 2019 The National Human Right commission says it plans collaborate with the Disability Right Advocacy Centre (DRAC), towards sensitising Nigerians on the Discriminate Against Persons with Disability Prohibition Act.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Act was signed into law on Jan. 23 by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mr Anthony Ojukwu, Executive Secretary of the commission stated this on Thursday in Abuja at a sensitisation workshop for stakeholders on the implementation of the act.

Ojukwu, represented by Mrs Morenike Akinmutims, a Chief Investigative Officer in the commission commended DRAC for its effort in raising awareness on the act.

“We commend the renewed efforts of the centre towards creating awareness and its efforts in improving the knowledge of members of the disability community and stakeholders on the act.

“With proper amount of information, when you will know your right, no one will violate it.

“We assure that the commission will collaborate and support your initiative in creating awareness towards defending the rights of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in Nigeria,” he said.

Mrs Chinyere Eyoh, Executive Director, Sexual Offences Awareness and Response Initiative (SOAR) a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO)also gave assurances that the organisation would focus more on cases of children with disabilities that have been sexually abused or have survived sexual violence.

“At SOAR, we are concerned with the plight of child sexual abuse and according to statistics; one out of every four child has been abused sexually or is currently going through some form of sexual violence.

“How much more of the child who suffers from one form of disability or the other, who is even most vulnerable and may not speak out after been abused sexually,” she said.

She said SOAR would support DRAC on its sensitisation campaign and urged the group not to relent in the struggle to ensure that the act is fully implemented and a commission is established.

Mrs Irene Patrick-Ogbogu, Executive Director, DRAC, noted that the disability community in Nigeria has been given a great challenge of pushing for the implementation and establishment of the disability commission

“We are glad that Buhari has signed the bill into law, but most importantly now is a cry for the full implementation of the law.

“This is the second phase of the struggle of over 20 years and it is our responsibility to ensure that the act is properly gazette, implemented and the commission is established speedily.

“We have been saddled with the responsibility and we will not relent,” she said.

Patrick-Ogbogu therefore solicited for a continuous support from the media.

Similarly, Ms Aisha Modibo, programme assistant, Women’s Right Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA) reiterated the commitment of the body to raise awareness on the act in all spheres of its endeavours.

“In WRAPA we will enhance our focus on women with disabilities experience and also disseminate information on the importance of the act,” she said.