The Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Capstone group of the School of Politics, Policy, and Governance is raising its voice to address a pressing issue that affects a significant portion of our society. The lack of domestication of the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2018 in 17 Nigerian states, combined with the absence of disability laws in these regions, has prompted our call to action.
Despite the significant strides made towards promoting inclusivity and safeguarding the rights of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) through the enactment of the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2018, there remains a significant gap in its implementation across certain states in Nigeria. The implications of this gap are far-reaching, as it perpetuates unequal treatment and limits opportunities for those who need them most.
The primary goal of the Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Capstone group is to champion the cause of inclusivity and equality for all citizens, particularly PWDs. We are urging the governments of 17 states to recognize the urgency of adopting the Disability Act and developing disability laws within their jurisdictions. These states include Akwa Ibom, Adamawa, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Delta, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo, Osun, Katsina, Kebbi, Gombe, Rivers, Taraba, and Yobe.
Our call to action is a plea for immediate attention to the rights and well-being of PWDs in these states. By adopting the Disability Act, these governments can ensure that the rights of every citizen are protected, regardless of their abilities. The absence of disability laws leaves PWDs without essential legal safeguards and support mechanisms, perpetuating exclusion and discrimination.
The Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Capstone group is committed to raising awareness about this critical issue and advocating for change. We stand with PWDs and their families, striving for a more inclusive society where equal opportunities and protections are extended to all citizens.
We invite civil society organizations, advocacy groups, individuals, and government representatives to work towards the adoption of the Disability Act and the creation of comprehensive disability laws in the aforementioned states. Through united efforts, we can pave the way for a more just and inclusive Nigeria.