The Public Hearing on the Implementation of the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act, 2018. took place on the 12th of March 2024 at the National Assembly.

The event brought together various stakeholders from government bodies, donors, civil society, and media representatives to discuss the implementation of the Disability Act in Nigeria.
 
NCPWD ES Speaking at the Public Hearing
Executive Secretary, NCPWD
The National President of JONAPWD, Abdullahi A Usman, and a JONAPWD board member seating side by side at the Public Hearing of the Domestication and Implementation of the Disability Act
National President of JONAPWD
Some of the notable individuals present at the hearing were Hon. Dr. Bashiru Dawodu, Chairman House Committee on Disability Matters; Hon. Sani Adamu Waki, Deputy Chairman; Hon. Abubakar Abdul-Buba, Committee Member;  Hon. Moses, Committee Member; Hon. Abba Isa Mohammed, Senior Special Assistant to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Disability Matters; James Lalu, Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities; Abdullahi Aliyu Usman, JONAPWD National President; Theophilus Dawudu, Disability Rights Fund; Dr. Sunday Udoh, Leprosy Mission; Stanley Onyebuchi, Head of Cluster; Grace Jerry, Inclusive Friends Association; and representatives from Organizations for Persons with Disabilities (OFPDs) and Nigeria Civil Defense Corps (NCDC).
 
In general, participants were well-represented from different sections of Nigeria.
 
The purpose of the public hearing was to address the ongoing issues relating to the implementation of the Disability Act. The moratorium period for compliance with the act had ended on January 15, 2024, and the enforcement process for non-compliance has commenced.
 
Hon. Dr. Bashiru Dawodu, the Chairman of the House Committee on Disability Matters, opened the hearing by commending the efforts of JONAPWD, OFPDs, and other stakeholders in advocating for the rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities in Nigeria. The Act aims to protect the rights of persons with disabilities and includes provisions for accessibility, inclusive education, inclusive health, inclusive transportation, and inclusive employment with a 5% quota for persons with disabilities.
 
The committee’s mandate is to thoroughly investigate compliance with the Disability Act by government Ministries, Agencies, and Parastatals.
 
The Senior Special Assistant to the President emphasized President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration’s commitment to the well-being and inclusion of persons with disabilities in all areas of life. He mentioned that there is still work to be done, especially during the post-moratorium phase, and expressed the government’s determination to ensure full compliance with the Act.
 
The Executive Secretary of NCPWD highlighted the significance of disability as a global issue and stated that the Commission is collaborating with stakeholders and government bodies responsible for enforcing compliance with The Act. They suggested adopting universal design practices used in advanced countries to promote the full inclusion of persons with disabilities and other under-represented groups, such as the deaf-blind, those with psychosocial and mental health conditions, intellectual disabilities, and albinism.
 
The Executive Secretary encouraged individuals to contribute ideas for advancing the implementation process.
 
The National President of JONAPWD called for collaboration between the offices of the Senior Special Assistant to the President and the NCPWD to ensure the full implementation of the Disability Act in Nigeria.

 

 

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