Lagos House Passes Disability Law


People Living With Disability bill has been passed into law by the Lagos State House of Assembly, P.M.NEWS has learnt.

Addressing newsmen, the Coordinator of People Living with Disability, Mr. David Anyaele, who disclosed this, said the bill will give people with disability equal right like others in the society.

He explained that with the passage of the bill into law, people living with disability will be safeguarded against any form of discrimination and also have access to information and the socio-economic environment.

“People living with disability provision shall start from age 6 till death. Their responsibility(ies) shall be taken care of by the Lagos State government and in case of any accident, the government shall compensate such disabled,” Anyaele added.

Commenting on the new law, the legal consultant to the organisation, Barrister Dan Onwe stated: “Now, people living with disability shall have special education, special and free transport system, special office for the complaints of disabled if molested or discriminated against.

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”Section 23(1) of the law states: ‘All levels of government shall take appropriate steps to ensure that persons living with disability have good standards of living for themselves and their families, including adequate food, clothing and housing, and continuous improvement of living conditions.’

”Section 24(3) states that ‘a landlord or landlady shall allow a person living with disability lawfully occupying the property as a tenant to make such access related modifications to the building as would enable him/her access his/her apartment provided he/she is acting in good faith and has given adequate notice to the private landlord or landlady’.

Anyaele called on Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola to, without delay, sign the bill into law.

Dignitaries present at the occasion were representatives from the State Accountability and Voice Initiative (SAVI), representatives of psycho-educational therapists cum special education consultants, Mr. Charles Okoli and others.

—Sontan Yewande

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