Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities, JONAPWD, Kaduna State Chapter yesterday called on the state Governor, Nasir El-Rufai to expedite action on the signing and passage of the bill that will lead to establishment of a Commission for Disabilities Affairs as promised during his governorship campaign in the state.
This was as the group said the commission if established will have the responsibility for their education, Healthcare and protection of their social, economic, civil and political rights.
Kaduna State JONAPWD Chairman, Julius Shemang who disclosed this to newsmen in the state recalled that the state governor during his meeting with people with disabilities promised to ensure passage of “Kaduna State Persons with Disability Rights Bill” into law since last year.
But that since he became governor the bill has still not being pass into law.
According to him, “if Plateau, Ekiti and Lagos States can have a commission to better the lives of people with disabilities in their states why not kaduna State which is the heart of the North? As a capital of the 19 Northern states in the country other northern states look up to Kaduna state leadership.
“Whatever good or bad thing Kaduna starts all other 18 Northern states including Abuja where the national disability rights bill before National Assembly is pending passage with an essential commission, they will copy. We therefore stand on a commission in line with Article 4 of the convention on the rights of persons with disabilities which stipulates as follows.
“That States parties should adopt all appropriate legislative, administrative, modifying or abolishing existing laws, regulations, customs and practices that constitutes discrimination against persons with disabilities including the protection and promotion of their human rights in all policies and programme,” he said.
According to the group, as citizens that believe in change and fight against corruption which the present regime is keeping eagle eye on “ we ask that the governor expedite action on the signing and passage of the bill without delay while not hesitating to expose any individual or group who may want to capitalize on the bill,” he said.

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