Senate Committed To Bills On Disability Inclusion-Akpabio

Senate President, Godswill Akpabio

Senate President, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, has assured that the 10th National Assembly will give priority to bills and laws on issues related with Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) to ensure their inclusivity in the affairs of the country.

Akpabio stated this as part of his remarks at the commemoration of the International Day for PWDs on Wednesday in Abuja.

The 2023 commemoration of the day, with the theme “Renewing Hope Together for Disability Inclusive Societies,” was organised by the National Commission for Persons Living with Disabilities (NCPWD).

The programme was supported by The Leprosy Mission Nigeria, Sight Savers, Plan International, UN Nigeria, Disability Rights Fund, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, the World Bank, Inclusive Friends, and the UK Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office.

He said: “In expressing our commitment, the Nigerian Senate stands firmly with the NCPWD. Our endorsement is a tangible pledge to actively engage in global dialogue on creating an inclusive society.

“We expect to hear from you as quickly as possible. We would be in haste to make sure that those bills are given priority and considered in the 10th Assembly,” Akpabio said.

“Let’s embrace the opportunity to renew hope together. May Nigeria be recognised for its diversity and ability to ensure that every citizen, regardless of ability status, is valued and included.

“We know that laws are made, but we need to make laws to ensure that everybody’s interest is recognised and carried along.

“The 10th Assembly and both the Senate and House of Representatives are very open to expediting motions and bills concerning PWDs. This is something that we are passionate about.

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