The Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) has reiterated the need to scale up implementation and enforcement of the National Disability Act 2018.
The Executive Director of CCD, Mr David Anyaele, said this during a public presentation of the Centre’s report on assessment of compliance to the National Disability Act 2018 by public institutions in Abuja.
Anyaele said that lack of capacity by some Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA) to effectively comply with the Act resulted to increased discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (PWD).
According to him, the National Disability Act (2018) has been weakly enforced in majority of the public institutions in Abuja.
“Government should adopt a multi-sectoral approach to the task of successfully eliminating the physical, communication, attitudinal and institutional barriers faced by PWDs.
“Specifically, National Commission for Persons with Disabilities saddled with the implementation responsibility should build synergy with MDAs through consistent advocacy to scale up proper implementation of the Act,’’ he said.
Anyaele, who advocated specific yearly budget line for all the concerned line MDAs, noted that it would increase efforts towards the inclusion and welfare of PWDs.
“Especially, by prioritising their welfare during health emergencies such as the currently ravaging Covid-19 pandemic,’’ he added.
Anyaele, however, urged the National Assembly to evoke its powers to enable proper implementation of the Act.
“The National Assembly should take appropriate measures to ensure that MDAs of the Federal Government implement the National Disability Act through oversight and budgetary approvals,’’ he said.
Anyaele also emphasised the need to build the capacity of the MDAs for full optimisation of the Discrimination against Persons with Disability Act (2018).
He said, “The Federal Ministry of Information and Culture should roll out information, education and communication programmes for the operationalistion of the Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2018’’.
Source: Inclusive News