Connect with us

Defence/Security

PWDs call on LASG to implement special people’s law

Published

on

People With Disabilities (PWDs) in Lagos State have called for adequate enforcement of the law enacted for their welfare, to save them from suffering.

They made the call on Wednesday at a training for leaders of PWDs, claiming that they did not receive special attention they needed especially in public buildings, hospitals and transport stations.

The weeklong training was organised by the Rule of law and Anti-corruption (RoLAC) Programme, a British Council project, funded by the European Union.

A representative of the Spinal Cord Injury Association, Mr Obok Akome, advocated easy access to public buildings, offices and bus stops, and requested for  assistants to PWDs into public buildings.

Akome also called for special care for PWDs by health workers in hospitals.

Mr Akujor Israel advocated on behalf of the Dwarf Association for jobs and good health care facilities, while the physically challenged persons called for building of  bungalow as schools for them.

He claimed that the one per cent employment quota reserved for the physically challenged was being taken over by able bodied persons, calling on the government to intervene.

Miss Opeyemi Adewale, who spoke for the visually impaired, called for more schools for the blind, employment for them and increased announcements of bus stops in public buses.

Miss Grace Adeosun said on behalf of people with albinism, that the government should check discrimination and harmful treatment against them.

She called for free and special health care for them due to the nature of their skin.

She also advocated more employment for them, saying  that many of them were educated but discriminated against in job offers due to their colour.

The Coordinator of RoLAC in Lagos State, Mrs Ajibola Ajimakiwa, said that the training was for seven disability cluster groups in the state.

She said the groups include the physically challenged, Spinal Cord Injuries Association, People with Albinism, Deaf Association, Blind Association, Intellectual Disability Group and the Dwarf Association.

“The training is to enhance capacities for enforcement of the Protection Against Domestic Violence Law, Child’s Rights’ Law and Special Persons Law of Lagos State.

“The purpose of the training is to ensure a greater level of awareness among persons with disabilities about relevant laws and protection offered, and support advocacy to legislators and relevant stakeholders for effective implementation of these laws.

“Persons with disabilities face staggering rights violation issues including sexual violence.

“Persons who are blind, deaf, autistic or living with physical or intellectual disability are most vulnerable to all forms of violence.

“Many PWDs are not aware of the Special Persons Law, Protection Against Domestic Violence Law and the Child’s Rights’ Law, and they are more vulnerable to violence than those without disabilities,” she said.

One of the facilitators, Mr David Anyanle, said the training availed the participants the opportunity of knowing the importance of Lagos State special laws.

Anyanle said that 80 per cent of the participants, including leaders, did not understand the contents of the law.

“It will be difficult for the leaders to assist members when they don’t know their rights.

“The training is for them to understand the law and use it to promote the welfare of their members. This is the first time the leaders are attending such a training.

“At the end of the training, the participants should understand key advocacy issues that concern their groups.

“They should also identify key government agencies that deals with their Issues and time frame to get whatever their needs may be,” he said.

A Deputy Director in Lagos State Office for Disability Affairs (LASODA), Mr Oguntoye Oyewole, thanked the British Council for the training.

Oyewole said that the training would help the participants to secure justice, as the state government was committed to enforcing the laws.

“LASODA is working to enforce all the provisions of the laws concerning the PWDs,” he said.

Edited by Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)

Moses Omorogieva: is a graduate and a professionally trained journalist, with experience in national news reporting/editing and verification at the News Agency of Nigeria. NNN is a Nigerian online news portal that publishes breaking news in Nigeria, and across the world. Our journalists are honest, fair, accurate, thorough and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting news in the best interest of the public, because truth is the cornerstone of journalism and they strive diligently to ascertain the truth in every news report. Contact: editor[at]nnn.com.ng

Contact US: editor @nnn.com.ng, nnnnews247 @gmail.com

Court sentences man to 5 years imprisonment for possession of hard drugs Transport unions, FRSC sign agreement on Coronavirus safety measures in Kaduna Ekiti doctors’ strike not borne out of wickedness, insensitivity – NASS, NERC to partner on legal framework to protect investment in power sector Tinubu commiserates with Lagos Speaker over Braimoh’s death Court remands teenager over alleged murder Coronavirus Scare: AMAC secretariat safe, free – Chairman Nasarawa Assembly assures good working relationship with executive We’ll complete all ongoing projects in A’Ibom – Gov. Emmanuel FRSC tasks transport unions on compliance with Coronavirus protocols Coronavirus: FRSC directs transporters to sanitise vehicles, loading terminals EEDC donates PPE to frontline health workers in UNTH FG to initiate service delivery scheme in 7 states Alleged illegal property seizure: Court adjourns N8.1bn suit against Lagos until July 17 Bauchi Inquiry Committee seeks stakeholders’ support to end farmers, herders clashes Court admits 6 guns in evidence in alleged Taraba kidnap kingpin, Wadume, 6 others’ case Police seize 10 AK47 rifles, ammunition from suspected gunrunners in Taraba Marginalisation: Adopt dialogue, Warri council boss advises Itsekiri group Russian Agency to provide water solutions to parts of South Africa Schools projects: Ogun govt. warns contractors against use of substandard materials President predicts Coronavirus in Indonesia will reach peak in August-September Malami gives Sahara Reporters 7-day ultimatum to retract libelous, defamatory publications against him Thai hotel partially closed over Coronavirus-infected Egyptian Maize farmers call for end to insecurity to enhance food production Fake DSS personnel bags 12 years imprisonment Lockdown: 2 docked over alleged assault on policemen Fire guts World Trade Centre in FCT Brother of Tottenham’s Aurier shot dead in France Man, 28, remanded over alleged possession of firearms Association tasks Nigerians on peace, tolerance Military chopper crash kills 2 in Kenya Don calls for restoration of African values in tackling corruption Lawmaker advocates life or death sentence for killer herdsmen, bandits   We are not non indigenes in Nasarawa — Tiv Community Scourge of banditry will soon be thing of the past – CDS Russia detains 5 suspected IS terrorists Coronavirus: Lagos records 12 deaths within 24 hours- NCDC FG arraigns 10 for allegedly hijacking Chinese fishing vessel Housing: Anambra plans massive construction to reduce deficit Zaha urges social media platforms to remove racist users UNILAG alumnus accused of raping 2 undergraduates knows fate Aug. 17 EU to increase cooperation with third countries to combat smuggling S/African president pays tribute to late Zindzi Mandela Court sentences hairstylist to 20 years in prison for rape, others Water supply: Makinde proposes N3bn investment plan Court sentences teenager to 2 weeks imprisonment for stealing cell phone Coronavirus: FRSC goes tough on enforcing  2-passengers-per-seat  policy  in Bayelsa Google to invest $10bn in India Zindzi Mandela, daughter of Nelson Mandela, has died – ANC  Nigeria’s unclaimed dividends hit N158.44bn in 2019