Buhari signs disability bill into law!

Buhari signs disability bill into law

ABUJA—PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has assented to the Discrimination Against Persons with disabilities (Prohibition) Act, 2018.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Senator, Ita Enang, in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday explained that, the Act prohibits all forms of discrimination on ground of disability and imposes fine of N1, 000, 000 for corporate bodies and N100, 000 for individuals or a term of six months imprisonment for violation.

According to him, concurrently it guarantees right to maintain civil action for damage by the person injured against any defaulter.

The Act also provides for a five-year transitional period within which public buildings, structures or automobile are to be modified to be accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities, including those on wheelchairs.

He said the Act further provides: “Before erecting any public structure, its plan shall be scrutinized by the relevant authority to ensure that the plan conforms with the building code.

A government or government agency, body or individual responsible for the approval of building plans shall not approve the plan of a public building if the plan does not make provision for accessibility facilities in line with the building code.

“An officer who approves or directs the approval of a building plan that contravenes the building code, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine of at least N1, 000, 000 or a term of imprisonment of two years or both.”

Discrimination is prohibited in public transportation facilities and service providers are to make provision for the physically, visually and hearing impaired and all persons howsoever challenged. This applies to Seaports, Railways and Airport facilities.

The rights and privileges include education, healthcare, priority in accommodation and emergencies.

“Furthermore, all public organisations are to reserve at least 5 percent of employment opportunities for these persons.

“The National Commission for Persons with Disabilities is also established in Section 31 with Executive Secretary as the head.”

Source : Vanguard Nigeria.

No Comments Yet

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

About La Mode Magazine

La Mode Magazine an award winning magazine is founded by Mrs. Sandra Odige, a Nigeria based monthly publication established in 2011.  A digital and print publication known for its innovative and creative initiatives and style of publishing.

We have published over 20 editions with top notable personalities and celebrities of all works of life.

La Mode Magazine has the following main objectives amongst others:

  • To promote top notch fashion and lifestyle
  • To provide informative and quality content
  • Develop and encourage entrepreneurial skills
  • A medium for up to date information on fashion, lifestyle and entertainment

 

La Mode Magazine is committed to cover the fashion, lifestle and entertainment in Nigeria objectively and responsibly.

Contact us ;

Instagram/Twitter: @lamodemag

Website: www.lamodespot.com

Email: lamodemagazine92@gmail.com

 

 

 

La Mode Magazine

FOLLOW US ON