The People With Disabilities (PWD) in Enugu State has called for a legal framework to include members of the group in policy formulation and other development.
Enugu State Coordinator of the group, Mr Samuel Obiefuna made the call in Enugu on Monday during a rally in commemoration of the 2018 World Disability Day.
The 2018 theme is “Empowering Persons with Disabilities, Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality.’’
The group presented the Enugu State Special Needs Bill to the state House of Assembly during the rally.
Presenting the bill, the coordinator said that they embarked on the peaceful rally to the Government House and the State Assembly, to create awareness on their plight and the possibility of including them in the scheme of things.
He explained that the bill, if passed, would reduce the suffering of people with disability, as it would ensure that every disabled person got free education up to university level.
“The bill, if passed, will create automatic employment for my people after schooling.
“If government plays its part in empowering people with disability, any disabled person found on the road begging, will be arrested and prosecuted,’’ he said.
At the Government House, Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi urged people with disability to pray for him to be re-elected in 2019 general election to address their needs.
Ugwuanyi, represented by his Special Assistant on Development Aids, Dr Kinsley Ude assured them that if elected; he would carry them along in scheme of things.
“Enugu State Government has done a lot for persons with disability as it built a special school for them,’’ he said.
At the Enugu State House of Assembly, the Clerk, Dr Michael Udanya, while accepting the bill, commended the people with disability for the peaceful manner they conducted themselves in their activities.
Udanya encouraged them to make all the necessary contact and lobbying to ensure that the Special Needs Bill would scale through for consideration and possible passage.