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Delta State House of Assembly Passes Landmark Bill to Empower Persons with Disabilities

Deputy Speaker Affirms Commitment to Addressing PWDs’ Rights and Welfare

In a significant stride towards inclusivity and social justice, the Delta State House of Assembly (DTHA) has passed a groundbreaking Bill on Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), signaling a resolute commitment to addressing the challenges faced by this marginalized community within the state.

Speaking to reporters in Asaba, the Deputy Speaker of DTHA, RT Hon. Arthur Akpowowo, emphasized the transformative impact of the bill in ensuring that persons with disabilities enjoy full rights and privileges on par with other citizens. Akpowowo underscored the comprehensive nature of the legislation, which meticulously addresses all forms of discrimination against PWDs while safeguarding their welfare and fundamental rights.

“The welfare of PWDs is of paramount importance, and this bill is a testament to our unwavering commitment to protect and empower them,” stated the Deputy Speaker, highlighting provisions aimed at guaranteeing equitable access to public spaces and services for persons with disabilities.

Moreover, Akpowowo reiterated the bill’s stringent stance against any form of victimization or discrimination towards PWDs, affirming that perpetrators would be held accountable under the law.

The passage of the bill has elicited widespread praise from citizens, who lauded the legislature’s proactive approach in promoting inclusivity and upholding the rights of vulnerable populations. By mandating the provision of accessible entrances in public offices and instituting mechanisms to combat discrimination, the bill signals a significant step towards fostering a more equitable and inclusive society.

In addition to championing the rights of persons with disabilities, RT Hon. Akpowowo reaffirmed his commitment to effective representation for the constituents of Ethiope East constituency. With the establishment of a dedicated constituency office and regular town hall meetings, the Deputy Speaker expressed confidence in fostering meaningful engagement and soliciting vital feedback from the community.

As Delta State prepares to usher in a new era of inclusivity and empowerment, the passage of the Bill on Persons with Disabilities stands as a testament to the legislature’s unwavering dedication to promoting social justice and equal opportunities for all.



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