PWDs: Reps probe MDAs over compliance with discrimination prohibition law 

The House of Representatives  has mandated its Committee on Disabilities to investigate the compliance level of Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government (MDAs) to the Disability Act.

The law prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities (PWDs), especially as it relates to accessing public buildings.

A motion on Need to Investigate the Compliance of Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) to the Discrimination Against Persons with Disability (Prohibition) Act, 2018, was presented on Tuesday by Hon. Lanre Okunola, saying  that Sections 3–8 of Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities Prohibition Act, 2018 specifies that persons with disability has the right to access the physical environment and buildings on an equal basis with others.

He recalled that the WHO (World Health Organization) estimate that about 30 million Nigerians are persons with disabilities, and “that most persons with disability face stigmatisation, discrimination, violence, lack of access to physical structures such as transportation, health, education, housing and other necessity of life.”

He said it was disturbing that if Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities Prohibition Act is not fully implemented, the challenges faced by persons with disabilities will persist and the socio-economic development of Nigeria will remain impaired.