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View Author: Nwanokwara Ncheta,
'21 March 21, Sunday 07:23 pm

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ANAMBRA STATE JONAPWD TAKES ITS ADVOCACY TO THE PERMANENT SECRETARY MINISTRY OF CHILDREN AND WOMEN AFFAIRS ON THE NEED FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ANAMBRA STATE DISABILITIES RIGHTS LAW (2018)

The Joint National Association of Persons With Disabilities (JONAPWD), Anambra State Chapter, on Wednesday 4th November, met with the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Children and Women Affairs, Dr. Dan Ezeanwu, on the need for the implementation of the Anambra State disabilities Rights Law, 2018.
While presenting the advocacy brief to the Permanent Secretary, the Chairman of the association, Comr. Ugochukwu Okeke, enumerated the issues in focus for the visit as they relate to the areas we believe his office could be of help in the implementation of ASDRL 2018 which include:

 

- To organize a sensitization program on the roles of Parents and Caregivers of persons with disabilities on the effect of neglect, exploitation, violence and abuse. Section 33 (5) of ASDRL (2018),

 

- To ensure the establishment of alternative care centre for the abandon children with disabilities. Section 36 of ASDRL (2018),

 

- To make provision on the social security for persons with disabilities that are 60 years and above. Section 22 (2) of ASDRL (2018).

 

- To facilitate the regular celebration of International Special Days for Persons with Disabilities.

 

- To make provision for the construction of ramps that will improve access to persons with disabilities at the utility hall. Section 23 (1) of ASDRL (2018).

 

- To help us facilitate the release of 2020 annual subvention to JONAPWD.

 

- To assist women with disabilities to get some financial waiver in their registration with the ministry.

 

- To encourage the staff of the ministry especially those in the Rehabilitation department to learn basic sign language and disability etiquettes to facilitate easy communication with persons with disabilities.
Dwelling on the prayers made, the association's Treasurer and State Chairman, Nigerian National Association of the Deaf, Mr. Amobi Nwagwu decried the harassment of some deaf women due to lack of exposure and communication barrier, and appealed for the training of the Ministry's staff members on basic sign language communication and disability etiquettes. He also appealed for the continuous release of JONAPWD's subvention which the association uses to solve its various needs.
The association's program officer, Miss Nwanokwara Ncheta, appealed for waiver for the registration of Anambra State Women With Disabilities (ASWWD) as an NGO in the Ministry.
Also speaking, Miss Victoria Okonkwo and Miss Elizabeth Ikele respectively conveyed the displeasure of most persons with disabilities in the State over the non-commemoration of the annual World Disabilities Day in the State for some years now and appealed for the observance of the 2020 celebration in other to give PWDs in the State a sense of belonging.
Comr. Ugochukwu Okeke also appealed for the construction of ramps in the Utility Hall within the Ministry and other government infrastructures, and used the opportunity to relay most of the association's activities to the Perm. Sec.
In his response, Dr. Dan Ezeanwu described the issues raised as legitimate demands which should be looked into. He promised to discuss with the Chairman concerning the subvention and the setting up of the Disabilities Rights Commission which would oversee the full implementation of the Law, adding that the Ministry would look into the issues raised to the best of their ability.
Mr. Amobi Nwagwu appreciated the permanent secretary for his warm reception and readiness to look into our demands.

High point of the visit was the presentation of a copy each of the advocacy brief and the Disabilities Rights Law by JONAPWD Chairman to the Permanent Secretary.

Meanwhile, this ongoing advocacy tour is sponsored by the European Union's RoLAC program in Anambra State.