House of Representatives Moves to Ensure MDAs Comply with the Disability Act

House Of Representatives Moves To Ensure MDAs Comply With The Disability Act

House of Representatives has commenced investigation into the compliance of Ministries, Departments, and Agencies of Government with the Disability Act.

The Disability Act, also known as the Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities Prohibition Act 2018, was passed by the National Assembly to protect the rights of persons with disabilities and promote their overall welfare. 

Despite its passage, there has been insufficient focus on ensuring compliance with the Act since the expiration of the grace period in January. During the signing and validation of a partnership Charter between Aviation stakeholders and Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) travelers, along with the handover of the disabilities service desk and equipment to the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities, Mr. Bashiru Dawodu, Chairman of the House Committee on Disabilities matters, highlighted the need for a comprehensive investigation—an unprecedented effort in this regard.

Mr. Dawodu expressed the committee's commitment to safeguarding the rights and welfare of PWDs, commending the Speaker of the House, Dr. Abbas Tajudeen, for his proactive stance on disability-related issues and the establishment of a dedicated committee. The lawmaker emphasized key provisions of the Disabilities Act, including access to public buildings, employment quotas, and the promotion of welfare for persons with disabilities.

The committee, under Mr. Dawodu's leadership, will closely monitor government agencies' adherence to the law, particularly in recruitment, housing, transportation, and healthcare. He urged stakeholders to familiarize themselves with the legislation and pledged to facilitate robust stakeholder engagement to shape future initiatives under the Disabilities Act.

Notably, Mr. Dawodu underscored the role of the Ministry of Information in raising awareness about persons with disabilities, ensuring their inclusion in public discourse.

Yusuf Iyodo, Director of Research and Documentation at the Association of Lawyers with Disability in Nigeria, affirmed the Association's commitment to advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities and addressing systemic barriers. He urged collaboration among stakeholders, including government agencies, civil society organizations, and the general public, to eliminate discrimination and promote inclusivity for persons with disabilities in Nigeria.

Discussing the Aviation Project, Dr. Chike Okogwu, Chief Responsibility Officer at the Center for Ability, Rehabilitation and Empowerment (CARE), highlighted its aim to ensure equitable access to air travel for all individuals, regardless of physical or cognitive abilities. The partnership charter signed between Aviation stakeholders and PWDs signifies a collective commitment to addressing challenges faced by persons with disabilities in accessing air transportation and implementing sustainable solutions.

Chioma Offor, Head of Commercial and Business Development at the Nigeria Aviation Handling Company Plc, advised individuals with disabilities to inform airport staff of their specific needs when purchasing tickets. She emphasized the importance of proactive communication to ensure necessary arrangements are made to accommodate passengers with disabilities."



Kelsey Chukwunyere Nwosu


I am a Gender/Disability Rights Advocate with a passion for inclusion, but I equal rights, youth development and volunteerism. A Virtual Assistant and Branding strategist.

Posted on Monday, March 4, 2024


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