Daily Trust (Abuja)

7 May 2012

Nigeria: Senate Urged to Pass Disability Bill

The Senate has been urged to pass the Disability Bill seeking an Act for the establishment of a national commission for people with disabilities.

The President of the Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities, Barrister Danlami Basharu, made the call in Abuja Friday during an advocacy visit to the sponsor of the bill, Senator Nurudeen Abatemi-Usman (PDP, Kogi Central).

The bill scaled through first reading in the Senate on November 17, 2011. Basharu said the proposed commission would help give a sense of belonging to persons with disabilities in the nation. Responding, Senator Abatemi-Usman said, "The Disability Bill is about development. It needs a full-fledged coordination and proper championing."

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