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Buildings violating PWDs law to be closed

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By Abdulwasiu Usman

Implementation of PWDs accessibility law is supported by Tinubu.

From January 2024 onwards, Nigeria Federal Government plans to take strict action against establishments that fail to comply with the accessibility law for individuals with disabilities. All public and private buildings that violate these regulations may face closure. It is worth noting that the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation has granted enhanced authority through a recent document unveiled, enabling the Commission to take decisive action in enforcing the law and regulations by sealing structures and imposing penalties. To ensure effective implementation, a dedicated task force has been established by the commission.

Dr. Betta Edu, Nigerian Minister in charge of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, revealed this information at a press conference held in Abuja by the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD). She emphasized that President Bola Tinubu’s administration fully supports the implementation of accessibility laws by the Commission. All Nigerians must come together for the responsibility to ensure that the applicable disability laws are put into action and enforced effectively, as stated by her. She argued that it is only fair and just that all buildings adhere to accessibility standards.

Nigerians share responsibility of enforcing the Disability Act.

Rather than punishing and isolating individuals with disabilities, we should strive to provide a friendly environment for them. Unfortunately, the majority of buildings lack wheelchair ramps, hindering easy access for those with mobility challenges. It is crucial that we extend our support towards enabling them to contribute more effectively towards the development of our nation, Nigeria. President Bola Tinubu has solidified the government’s determination to maintain Nigeria’s prominent position among nations championing comprehensive inclusion for persons with disabilities under the Renewed Hope Agenda.

As a demonstration, he has officially endorsed the Protocol to the African Charter on Rights of Persons with Disabilities. All Nigerians share the responsibility for ensuring that the Disability Act is fully implemented and enforced. It is not solely the responsibility of the federal government; rather, all levels of government (States and local) must take action to adopt and execute the Act. Also, support will be extended to the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities in creating and implementation of a strong nationwide surveillance system to assess adherence throughout all governmental tiers and organizations.

It is time of “Renewed Hope” for over 35.5 million PWDs.

The Commission will be supported in developing channels for citizens and individuals with disabilities to voice their concerns to the government regarding the execution of the Disability Act. The time of discrimination, societal misconceptions, and negative attitudes towards Persons with Disabilities has come to an end. In fact, it is a moment of “Renewed Hope” for more than 25 million persons with disabilities by empowering them to actively participate and positively impact our national development. Let us shift our perspective and eradicate the notion of considering them as burdens.

In his remark, Dr. James Lalu, the Executive Secretary of the Commission, voiced his concern over the prevalent discrimination faced by people with disabilities (PWD). However, he praised the efforts of President Tinubu and Dr. Edu for bringing joy to the lives of PWDs by introducing and executing policies and programs that prioritize their welfare. He was also thrilled over the current government’s action of revamping the disability legislation that had been passed five years ago but never put into effect or adopted. The period of implementation has finally arrived and, come January, the commission’s complete mobilization will ensure that every aspect of the law is upheld, he stated.

Upholding the Disability law is crucial because it is their right.

Speaking, Hon. Bashir Dauda, the Chairman of the House Committee on Disabilities, said upholding the Disability law is crucial because it is their right, and called for its full execution. The act comprehensively covers numerous aspects of the lives of PWDs, encompassing education, healthcare, and employment. Now, Nigeria has firmly established legal measures that impose penalties should any form of discrimination be directed towards individuals with disabilities. Oluwatoyin Sakirat Madein, the Accountant General of the Federation, along with various development partners who backed the stance of the federal government, were present at the Press Briefing.

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2 months ago

Buildings violating PWDs law to be closed. – Implementation of PWDs accessibility law is supported by Tinubu. – Express your point of view.

2 months ago

This is a significant step towards promoting inclusivity and accessibility for persons with disabilities in Nigeria. The government’s commitment to enforcing accessibility laws and the establishment of a task force are commendable. It’s crucial for all levels of government to actively participate in adopting and executing the Disability Act to create a more inclusive society. The focus on creating a nationwide surveillance system and channels for citizens and individuals with disabilities to voice their concerns reflects a positive direction. The “Renewed Hope” initiative aims to empower persons with disabilities, recognizing their right to participate actively in national development.

Adeoye Adegoke
2 months ago

That’s great to hear! The decision to close buildings that violate the law on accessibility for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) is a significant step towards ensuring inclusivity and equal rights for all individuals. It’s important that everyone, regardless of their abilities, has access to public spaces and facilities without any barriers.
I’m glad to know that the implementation of the PWDs accessibility law is supported by Tinubu. This kind of support from influential figures is crucial in raising awareness and promoting positive change in society. It shows a commitment to creating an inclusive environment where PWDs can fully participate and thrive.
By enforcing the accessibility law, we are not only providing equal opportunities for PWDs but also fostering a more inclusive and diverse society. It’s essential that we continue to prioritize accessibility in all aspects of life, including buildings, transportation, and public services. This will ensure that PWDs can lead independent lives, contribute to society, and have their voices heard.
Overall, I believe that the enforcement of the PWDs accessibility law and the support it receives are steps in the right direction towards building a more inclusive and equitable society for everyone.

2 months ago

I find it encouraging that the government is committed to upholding accessibility regulations and encouraging inclusivity for individuals with impairments. It is essential to raise awareness and encourage constructive social change in society when powerful people provide their support in this way.

2 months ago

Structures that break PWD law will be shut down. Tinubu supports the implementation of the PWDs accessibility law. Closing buildings that violate accessibility laws for people with disabilities (PWDs) is a significant step toward ensuring inclusion and the same privileges for everyone. All individuals, regardless of their abilities, must have access to public locations.