The Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the composition of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD).
This was contained in a statement released by David Anyaele, the Executive Director of the CCD on Tuesday.
According to Anyaele, the approval represents the implementation of the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2018.
“We welcome with rejoicing the news of the approval of the composition of the Governing Council and appointment of Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities in line with the provisions of the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2018 by President Mohammadu Buhari.
“The approval of this list of Board members of the NCPWD is a clear statement that the Federal Government of Nigeria has commenced full implementation of the Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2018 also known as the National Disability Act.
The approval of the composition of the Governing Council, Executive Secretary, and subsequent dispatch to the National Assembly for screening is in fulfillment of section 33.3. of the National Disability Act which provides that the Chairman of the Council and one representative each from the 6 geo-political zones shall be appointed by the President subject to the confirmation of the Senate,” the statement read.
Anyaele also appeals to President Buhari to provide adequate funding for the commission by including the NCPWD budget in the 2021 appropriation bill.
“We call on the President to take appropriate measures to ensure that the budget of the NCPWD features in the 2021 appropriation to avoid financial hiccups in the take-off the Commission… Without proper budgetary appropriation for the takeoff of this Commission, the approval of the composition of the Governing Council may turn to a waste of time and energy,” he said.
“We call on the members of the NCPWD Board to take advantage of this office to ensure the full implementation of the National Disability Act by all Nigerians both in public and private sectors, as the time to change disability narratives in Nigeria has come.
“We also call on all organisations of, and for persons with disabilities, development partners and the private sector to support the takeoff of this Commission as this is the first time Nigeria is implementing a law that protects its citizens with disabilities from discrimination and other harmful practices.
“We wish to assure the leadership and members of the Board of the National Commission for Persons with disabilities of CCDs commitment towards providing technical and other supports to ensure the attainment of the mandates of the Commission.
“We are grateful to all our partners for their support to this campaign for the full implementation of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD), in particular, our friends from the media for their solidarity in this struggle,” Anyaele said.