Delta State Assembly passes Disability Protection Bill 2024.

The Delta State House of Assembly has passed the Disability Protection Bill, 2024, following its successful third reading during a recent plenary session chaired by Speaker Emomotimi Guwor.

The bill, sponsored by Marylyn Okowa-Daramola representing Ika North East, received unanimous support. House Majority Leader Emeka Nwaobi moved the motion for its passage.

Before its passage, the bill underwent thorough scrutiny by the committee of the whole, chaired by Speaker Guwor and Bridget Anyafulu, chairperson of the house committee on housing, women’s affairs, girl-child entrepreneurship, and humanitarian support services.

Expressing gratitude, Speaker Guwor hailed the bill as a significant achievement for the House and a crucial step in providing relief to individuals living with disabilities.

“This bill is indeed a great achievement for this honourable house as it provides a great respite for those living with disabilities,” Guwor remarked. “Therefore, I wish to express my profound gratitude to the sponsor of this people-oriented bill and to every one of you for the successful passage of the all-important bill.”

Okowa-Daramola emphasized that the bill addresses the needs of people with special needs, stating, “The landmark bill is a remarkable win for persons with disabilities in Delta state as its provisions will ensure improved inclusiveness, participation, protection, equity and empowerment.”

She highlighted that the bill includes penalties for infringements and promotes inclusivity and accessibility by mandating the provision of lifts, ramps, and other aids to physical structures. The law also guarantees improved access to transportation and education, among other rights, for persons with disabilities.

Furthermore, the bill provides for the establishment of the Commission for Persons With Disabilities, which will oversee the implementation of its provisions.

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