BY CHINENYEH OZOR
The Legal Aid Self Development Initiative, LASEDI, has asked the National Assembly to enact an Act to ensure full integration of persons with disabilities through a National Commission for Persons with Disabilities, NACOMPED.
Executive Secretary of LASEDI, Mr Ifeanyichukwu Mamah, made the call in a statement in Enugu yesterday.
Mamah also suggested that the proposed Act of the National Assembly should vest the responsibilities for the health care and protection of the social, economic and civil rights of persons with disabilities on NACOMPED.
This was contained in a statement entitled: “The governments’ recurrent neglect of the physically challenged persons in Nigeria.”
LASEDI’s recommendations came against the backdrop of the demonstration by physically challenged persons in Delta State over alleged neglect by the authorities.
The statement said: “We wish to use this medium to condemn the unfair treatment of persons living with disabilities in the country by both the local governments, states and federal governments.
“A case in point was the incident which took place on July 9, 2013, in Delta State. The various governments should not have allowed the fortunes of the physically challenged in Delta State to degenerate to a point where they embark on demonstrations by blocking Asaba axis of the Benin-Onitsha expressway.
“The demonstration was their last option in getting the attention of the government to their plights. The state governments owe Nigerians explanations on reasons why persons living with disabilities are not being catered for in the midst of plenty.
“The bone of contention here is the failure, refusal and or neglect by the governments to provide free health services to these special Nigerians. It is terrible that these helpless citizens of our country lost five members forcing them to resort to demonstration”.