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Abaji Tasks Government On Strict Enforcement Of Disability Act

1st Jul, 2019 | By Chris Anioji | ||

Following recent campaigns by Disability Right Advocacy Centre in Abaji on the protection of rights of persons with disability, residents of the Area have lent their voices to the group's call for stiffer enforcement of the VAPWDP Act.

Disability Right Advocacy Centre, DRAC--an anti gender/disability related violence outfit had earlier in its advocacy visit to the Area Council, enjoined all stakeholders to join forces in protecting the disabled against all forms of violence leveraging on the nation's violence against people with disability prohibition Act .

The campaign attended by the disabled community, youth, women and religious leaders gave residents the opportunity to join forces with the Government in pursuing the course of the VAPWDP Act. Abuja Digest Weekly captured the views of some Abaji people concerning the program.

A physically challenged woman and resident of the area, Mariam Usman, while speaking on the program, said the physically challenged had often suffered stigmatization . She recounted the number of times she was denied access to a commercial vehicle for being blind , stressing that many people from whom she needed help in crossing busy roads had on different occasions disappointed her.

She lamented the awful experiences of some of her colleagues whom she said were dispossessed of their belongings or sexually assaulted. Speaking further, she said, "Until recently, many of us were not considered by the Government while formulating policies on issues such as employment, sharing of political positions, scholarship awards and healthcare.

She enjoined the Government to be more decisive in the enforcement of laws associated with the protection of their rights. Fielding questions from Abuja Digest Weekly, Isa Audu, a civil servant contended that every disabled person had a talent and should not be subjected to dehumanizing conditions. He called on Government to give them more opportunities to contribute to national development. Sunday Joseph summed it up. He said, "The disabled has the right to decent living " Let's all show him or her love."

News Update

The Minister said these after a meeting of the FCT Security Committee which comprises heads of the police, military and para-military formations in FCT as well as Area Council Chairmen and religious leaders.

The cheery news is coming as Minister of State, FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu will headline a distinguished galaxy of stakeholders for the FCT pension stakeholders retreat this week.

Finally last week, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) took over managing and operating the newly- completed Nigeria-Korea Model School in Abuja.

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his Administration will continue to fashion policies designed to ensure employment and security of all citizens, especially the youth.

Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has decried the lynching of three suspected traffic robbers popularly known as 'One chance' in Dutsen Alhaji area of Abuja last week.

Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) always makes public the allocations in line with President Muhammadu Buhari's Change Agenda which harps on transparency, anti-corruption and accountability, tenets which FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has made his beacon.


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