By Leonard Okachie
Executive Director, CCD, Mr David Anyaele made the call when the group visited the Assembly complex in Umuahia on Monday, to lobby for the passage of disability law.
Anyaele said that the passage of the disability law would checkmate discrimination and other harmful practices against disable people in the state.
He said that there were over 600,000 persons with disabilities in Abia and about 80 per cent live in the rural areas.
”Findings from research shows that there is high level of discrimination and harmful practices against persons with disabilities.
”Also, PWDs are being denied access in democratic governance,” he said.
He called for sensitisation for state and non-state actors, civil society groups, policy makers, media and other stakeholders on the rights of PWDs’ participation in democratic governance.
In his response, Uchendu said that the seventh assembly had no plan to discriminate against citizens with disabilities.
He gave assurance to the group that he would take appropriate measures to ensure accelerated legislative process for passage of the bill into law.