Disability bill scales 2nd Reading

A bill for a law to establish the office for Disability Affair, has passed through second Reading at the floor of the House.

Speaking on the general principles of the the bill, the sponsor of the private member bill and member representing Ilorin East Constituency Hon. Aisat Ibrahim while urging her members to ensure the passage of the private bill, said it would among other things protect them against any form of discrimination, give legal backing to make them have access to all public facilities and provide for office that would address all issues relating to them.

She said contravention of the provisions of the law would attract a fine of N100,000 or three month imprisonment or both.

Members representing Ilorin North West and Ilorin Central Constituencies Hon. Abdul Rafiu Abdul Rahman and Hajia Segilola Abdul Kadir said that the law would ensure provision of amenities for the people with special Needs, access to education, cultural right without any segregation.

In his contribution, the House Leader, Hon. Hassan Oyeleke, who said the law was timely, noted with delight that the disabled had done the nation proud at international fora ,especially in Paralympics.

Also speaking , Members representing Kaiama/ Kemanji/Wajibe as well as Oke --Ogun Constituencies, Hon. Ahmed Ibn Mohammed and Barrister Kamaldeen Fagbemi section 42 of the 1999 Constitution recognises the disabled and expressed confidence that the bill, would address all issues relating to them to enhance their wellbeing.

While passing the Bill, the Speaker Dr. Ali Ahmad, who described the bill as promised kept with disabled , said the House identified with them on the International Day for Disabled and expressed confidence that the law would improve the wellbeing of the set of people who constitute 15 % of the population in the State.