Anambra: Legal Aid Council to offer free services to PWDs

The Anambra state branch of the Legal Aid Council has expressed its readiness to provide free legal services to People With Disabilities (PWDs) in the state in line with the provisions of Anambra Disability Rights Law, 2018.

The state coordinator, Mrs Amaka Maduabuchi, stated this at a one-day programme jointly organised in Awka by the state chapter of Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD), the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC) programme.

The programme was aimed at sensitising service providers and other relevant stakeholders on implementation of Disability Rights Law.

The law, among other things, provides full integration of PWDs into the society, prohibits all forms of discrimination against them including subjection to prejudices or harmful practices based on gender, work, age or tradition, while slamming three years imprisonment and/or fine of N100,000 to whoever contravenes any of its provisions.

Maduabuchi, who said her office was open to entertain and prosecute cases of violations of the law through their Pro Bono lawyers, also sought assistance of the JONAPWD and others to train her staff on Sign Languages and disabilities etiquette to ease their works.

The state chairman of JONAPWD, Comrade Ugochukwu Okeke, implored the church, the National Human Rights Commission, National Orientation Agency, Traditional Rulers Council, civil society network, among others to encourage their members and workers to learn basic sign language, disability etiquette and make their facilities disability friendly.