Osun State House of Assembly has commenced working on a bill that, when it becomes law, will criminalise all forms of discrimination against people living with disabilities (PWDs) in the state, AbujaCityJournal reports.
According to a statement to commemorate the International Day of Disabled Persons by Kunle Alabi, Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker of the House, the bill will enforce the rights and privileges of the PWDs to education, healthcare and emergencies.
Consequently, the Speaker, Timothy Owoeye, has pleged to ensure speedy passage of the bill.
The Speaker noted that the 7th Assembly under his watch would be committed to making life more meaningful for people living with disabilities through quality legislation.
He stated that the observance of the Day, every December 3, aimed to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilise support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.
According to him, he had also sought to increase awareness about the gains from the integration of PWDs in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life, adding the house was already working with critical stakeholders in developing a bill that would address all the needs of persons with Disabilities.
His words: “When the bill is passed into law, people living with disability will be safeguarded against any form of discrimination and also have equal access to a condusive socio-economic environment.
“The Bill when passed into law will criminalises all forms of discrimination against people living with disabilities in the state and enforce their rights and privileges to education, healthcare and emergencies,” said he.