Obiano constitutes Disabilities Rights Commission in Anambra

 




Obiano constitutes  Disabilities Rights Commission in Anambra 

NKIRU NWAGBO, AWKA.

Governor of Anambra State chief Willie Obiano has finaly  constituted a Disabilities Rights Commission in the state three years after passing disabilities  rights into law.

The Special Adviser to Governor Willie Obiano on Disability Matters Barr Chuka Ezewuzie stated this yeasterday in Awka.

He said the commission will assist in the implementation of the disabilities rights bill  passed into law in 2018 in the state.

Barr Ezewuzie gave this hint during a media chat organized by a Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD), Anambra state chapter in collaboration with the office of  the governor on Disabilities Matters and Ministry of Women and Children Affairs on Friday  to mommemorate the 2021 international Day for persons with disabilities.

According to the him , the commission is to be headed by Barr. Chuka Ezewuzie as the Executive Director.

Members of the commission are drawn from , ministries of youth, education , justice , civil societies organisation ,   representative of Religious bodies , joint national association of persons with disabilities JONAPWD.

He said that the commission is expected to start operations immediately in the state to ensure that people with disabilities  have their full rights in the state.

"Today 3rd December 2021,the disabilities rights commission is established. The commission is to commence actions and operations in the state  immediately.It is empowered to implement the disabilities law in the state.

Persons with disabilities in the state are like their counterparts anywhere  in advanced  world. The law is is domestication  of international rights of persons with disabilities  in the state " he said.

Earlier in the programme , the chairman JONAPWD Comrade Ugochukwu Okeke had expressed displeasure over none implementation of the disabilities rights  law since 2018.

He said that despite the existence of the disabilities rights law people and communities tend to avoid contacts and personal relationship with persons with disabilities in the state .

He said "the pervasiveness of the prejudice and discrimination affecting persons with disabilities and degrees to which they are excluded from participating in social interaction , produces psychological and social problems for them "

According to him, to  create a sustainable inclusiveness,  all members of the society are  to equally  participate in civic ,social ,economic and political activities of the state at all level.

He said that to encourage inclusive participation , there must be universal access to public infrastructure and facilities , equal access to information as well as wealth.

Also speaking  earlier at the event, the coordinator of Rule Of Law and Anti- Corruption ( ROLAC) programme Mrs. Onah Josphine called  on stakeholders to work towards ensuring that the disabilities rights  laws are implemented.

According to her,what is good to them is also good for their brothers and sisters with disabilities.

She said that ROLAC has trained over 40 language  interpreters towards total implementation of the law in the state.

"We worked to ensure that the law was  passed and we are working now  to ensure that it is fully implemented in the state " she said.

In her own part Miss Chidimma Ajemba, the Head of Media Department,Office of the Governor on Disability Matters said the theme for this year's celebration is “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world".

"Disability inclusion is an essential condition to upholding human rights, sustainable development, peace and security. It is also central to the promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to leave no one behind. The commitment to realizing the rights of persons with disabilities is not only a matter of justice; it is an investment in a common future.

"In Anambra State matters of persons with disabilities are not longer swept under the carpet. It's has become a matter of right and not charity. Persons with disabilities are grounded with the law and what it entails. The assenting to law ,of the Disability Right Law three years ago gave persons with disabilities access to justice in all the sectors of the state". She added.

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