MINISTER of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, has advocated for a law that makes it mandatory for public buildings to be accessible to people living with disabilities.
Farouq stated this yesterday in Abuja during a press briefing to commemorate this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities, IDPWDs.
“The issue of accessibility for people living with a disability has now become a law. It is in the act itself that public and private buildings take into cognizance the issue of accessibility for them.
“For us in the ministry, we are doing everything possible to ensure that this law is adhered to. We have written to the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing to that effect, and we are to hold a meeting with the minister on the issue.
“We have also written to the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Civil Service Commission, all these efforts are geared towards ensuring that issues concerning accessibility are adhered to.
“So it is a work in progress. The good thing is that it has now become law, and we will try as much as possible to ensure that it comes into effect,” she said.