In this interview, the publisher of first Disability Advocacy Magazine in Nigeria, and member of Joint National Association of Persons With Disabilities, JONAPWD, Federal Capital Territory, FCT, member National Association of Persons With Physical Disabilities, NAPWPD, and a member of Coalition of Disability Organizations (CODO), Agbo Christian Obiora, lamented poor attention given to 31 million Nigerians with a disability, despite the Discrimination Against Persons With Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2018, as he also speaks on COVID-19 pandemic challenges they are facing.
What is the attention of this Buhari-led administration including State Governments to Persons With Disabilities, PWDs?
After the enactment of Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2018, we the Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) thought that we have gotten to the Promised Land, we expected Disability Commission to be up and running going by its importance to the implementation of the law.
We are surprised that the government that signed our bill into law after 19 years of our struggle will still be dragging foot in implementing the law. All we are getting from the government at all levels is neglect. Our issues are always taking the back seat. We must always protest before our issues would be recognized in any government projects and programmes.