A cross section of the over 25 million Nigerians living with various forms of disability will on Thursday protest the alleged neglect of the Disability Bill to the National Assembly.
Executive Director, Centre for Citizens with Disability, CCD, David Anyaele, said at a media briefing that the action was to stress the place of physically challenged persons in the society and the critical roles most of them play in the public and private sectors.
He said the decision was coming on the heels of this year’s International Day for Persons with Disability, which is usually held on December 3 to attract global attention to the plights and needs of those who are physically challenged.
He said they chose to embark on the march to intensify awareness for the bill, which he claimed, has been missing.
Mr. Anyaele said all efforts to track the whereabouts of the bill one year after it was harmonised at the Senate and House of Representatives, the separate versions passed at different times, have been futile.
He said more than 25 million Nigerians are living with one form of disability or the other and over 80 per cent of them are in the rural areas without social infrastructure and Federal Government presence targeted at People Living With Disabilities,PWDs.