The Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) marked a significant milestone in its mission to enhance civic space and disability rights for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in Lagos State. A compelling advocacy visit to the Lagos State Judiciary High Court unfolded, orchestrated by the dynamic leadership of Mrs. Florence Austin, the Interim Head of CCD.
During this impactful encounter, Mrs. Austin expressed gratitude to the Chief Judge for the invaluable opportunity to engage in a dialogue addressing the pressing challenges faced by civic actors and persons with disabilities in accessing justice.
She underscored CCD’s pivotal role in the passage of both the Lagos State Special People’s Law and the National Disability Law, emphasizing the organization’s unwavering commitment to fostering compliance and expanding civic space.
Tosin Aniramu, the passionate project officer, took center stage, articulating CCD’s appeal for the prioritization of disability rights cases. Aniramu called for collaborative efforts to provide free legal advice, ensure the construction of accessible buildings, and implement employment reservations for PWDs, among other crucial initiatives.
The response from the Chief Judge was nothing short of encouraging; he affirmed a commitment to removing hindrances for PWDs and promptly addressed concerns by appointing a dedicated disability officer. Immediate action was taken on enhancing digital accessibility for litigants with disabilities, showcasing a commitment to positive change.
In a closing remark delivered by Mrs. F. A Azeez, the anticipation of transformative changes ahead resonated. The CCD team, while applauding the Judiciary for past disability inclusion initiatives, expressed hope for even more commendable strides in the future.
This groundbreaking event, spearheaded by CCD, reflects a pivotal moment in the pursuit of inclusivity and justice for persons with disabilities in Lagos State. As the organization continues to champion these noble causes, the positive actions taken by the Chief Judge serve as a beacon for progress. The collaborative efforts between CCD and the Judiciary promise a future where accessibility, legal representation, and employment opportunities for PWDs are not just ideals but tangible realities. Spaces for Change.S4C stands as a testament to the transformative power of advocacy and collective action.