House of Representatives to Speed Up Passage of Disability Bill


The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, has stated that the House will expedite the passage to the People with Disability Bill within the next few days.

He gave the assurance when he received a delegation from Kpakpando Foundation for Persons with Disability in his office.

The Speaker said that it was unjust for about 25 million Nigerians living with disabilities to be excluded from the benefits of democracy maintaining that the House was poised to pass the laws that would enable the All Progressive Congress (APC) do its utmost best to include people with disability in governance.

Mr Dgara pointed out that the disabilities bill was passed by the House of Representative on the 9th of June, 2016, while the Senate did same on the 13th of July, 2017, with a joint committee set up to address any other differences in the versions of the twin chambers on the 22nd of September, 2017.

He therefore encouraged the disabled in the country not to see themselves as limited by their disabilities in order not to hinder the potentials in them.

Founder and Chairman, Board of Trustees of Kpakpando Foundation for Persons with Disabilities appealed to the Speaker to ensure speedy passage of the bill to enable the disabled in the country to exercise their rights especially in participating in the oncoming 2019 general election.