Anambra Assembly passes Disability bill 

By Chukwuka Ugokwe, Awka

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Anambra State House of Assembly moves to protect persons with disabilities in the state.

Anambra State House of Assembly has passed a bill for full integration of persons with disabilities into the society as well as prohibit all forms of discrimination against persons with disabilities into law.

Speaker of the House, Mrs Rita Maduagwu said that the bill when assented to by the Governor, would shun every kind of ill treatment toward persons with disabilities.

The bill was sponsored by Member representing Nnewi South1 Constituency, Mr Kingsley Iruba and 21 others.

No discrimination
Member representing Orumba South Constituency,  Nikky Ugochukwu said that persons living with disabilities should not be discriminated against based on their disabilities.

”Anybody who subjects’ person living with disabilities to prejudice or harmful practices including those based on sex, work, age or tradition shall be punished,’’ Ugochukwu said

Commendation
She commended the wife of the Governor, Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano for providing help to persons living with disabilities.

A member representing Idemili North Constituency, Mrs Nkoli Mmegbuanaeze said that the bill should be provided with free legal aid without condition by Government.

According to the lawmaker, it should be done through the offices of the Public Defender and Citizen’s Rights Directorate when required.

Meanwhile, a member representing Anambra West, Mr Victor Okoye has urged Governor Willie Obiano to direct the Ministry of Works to reconstruct the culvert at Ngene-Ogwuazu road.

The culvert was threatened by erosion and needs to be reconstructed, to avoid loss of lives and property.

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere