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PWDs not benefitting maximally from special people’s law, says CCD

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The Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) has said that People With Disabilities (PWDs) are not benefitting maximally from the Lagos State Special People’s Law 2010.

It said that there is weak implementation of the law, adding that PWDs also fail to report cases of violation.

Executive Director, CCD, David Anyaele, who spoke at the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the passage of the law, said that the findings were got from studies to ascertain implementation of the law.

He, therefore, urged the PWDs to report cases of right violation to CCD, which would in turn transfer the petitions to its team of pro bono lawyers.

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He said that the PWDs had been unable to access healthcare, particularly free medical care provided by the law, which is yet to be implemented by the Ministry of Health.

He, however, noted that Lagos State government, under Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, claimed to have paid for 2,000 PWDs health insurance.

He applauded the development but urged expansion of the number of beneficiaries, as there are a total of two million citizens with disabilities in Lagos State.

According to him, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) signed the Lagos State Special People’s Bill into law. This endorsement ended the agitation by Lagosians with disabilities for a legislation that would protect more than two million inhabitants in the state with different forms of disability against all forms of discrimination and harmful practices.

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