Governor Rotimi Amaechi
The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has called on the National Assembly and various State Houses of Assembly to domesticate the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 13, 2006.
The aim of the Convention is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity.
Chairman, Rivers State Council of TUC, Mr. Chika Onuegbu, who made the call, said domesticating the convention would be in best interest of the society to work together to ensure that persons with disabilities enjoy their rights and realise their great potential.
In a statement to commemorate the International Day of Persons with Disability, Onuegbu said the theme for this year’s celebration provides an opportunity for government at all levels and indeed all Nigerians to work collectively to address the exclusion of persons with disabilities by focusing on promoting accessibility, as well as removing all types of barriers in society.
The statement read: “The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) Rivers State join other well meaning organisations in commemorating Dec 3, 2012 as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The theme for this year’s commemoration, which is ‘Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all’ is apt and succinct. It provides an opportunity for government at all levels and indeed all Nigerians to work collectively to address the exclusion of persons with disabilities by focusing on promoting accessibility, as well as removing all types of barriers in society.
“These barriers include societal attitudes, all forms of discriminations against persons with disabilities, legislations and government policies that are insensitive to the needs and challenges of persons with disabilities, barriers relating to the physical environment or to information communications technology (ICT).
“The truth is that persons with disabilities are no less human than the rest of us and so must be effectively considered in the planning and development of public policies and programmes. Their condition should not be used as an excuse to covertly or overtly exclude them from participation in social, economic and political activities”.