ASSEMBLY PASSES DISABILITY BILL
By Chizoba Okeke
Awka, Sept. 14, 2018 (MOI)
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.
Member representing Orumba South Constituency, Princess 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
She commended wife of the Governor, Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano for providing help to persons living with disabilities.
Member representing Idemili North Constituency, Mrs Nkoli Mmegbuanaeze noted that the bill should be provided with free legal aid without condition by Government.
This according to the lawmaker should be done through the offices of the Public Defender and Citizen’s Rights Directorate when required.
Meanwhile, Member representing Anambra West, Mr Victor Okoye urged Gov. Willie Obiano to direct the Ministry of Works to reconstruct the culvert at Ngene-Ogwuazu road.
The culvert, he said was threatened by erosion and should be reconstructed to avoid loss of lives and property.