People living with disabilities seek legislation on equality

Posted by News Express | 10 July 2017 | 2,069 times

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People living with disabilities (PWDs) have called for a legislation that will make it compulsory for ramps to be provided in public structures so as to make it easy those on wheel chairs to access such places.

They made the call at an advocacy and sensitisation seminar organised by a group, Connected Advocacy for Empowerment and Youth Initiative at the Salvation Army Rehabilitation Centre in Benin City, the Edo State capital. 

They also appealed that the legislation should include a clause that would make the use of sign language compulsory during public speeches to aid hearing-impaired persons.

“We must discourage inequality in all ramifications, whether inequality against women, the girl child or against people with special needs.”

Civil society activist, Israel Orekha said the meeting was put together to enhance collaboration, participation and inclusion.

A participant, Janet Omole appealed to the government to put necessary structures in place to enable people with disabilities benefit from public facilities like markets, banks and churches.

Another participant, Thompson Omoregie said: “The laws should be enacted so that whenever any of these institutions or private structures are being erected, there will be an enlightenment to make them understand that when these things are not available, there is a penalty for it.” (Channels TV)

Source: News Express

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