By Omololu Ogunmade
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Sunday assured Nigerians that the 8th Senate would prioritize bills meant to protect and safeguard the rights of persons living with disabilities in the country.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, Saraki gave the pledge when the Centre for Citizens with Disabilities led by its Executive Director, Mr. David Anyaele, visited him in Abuja.
The Senate President described as unfair a situation where people living with disabilities are neglected or denied access to basic amenities including access to justice.
Saraki said: “I want to assure you that the 8th Senate is truly committed to rejigging and redefining issues. I think what has happened in the past is the issue of not making the rights of people with special needs a priority.
“I want to assure you that the 8th Senate will not stop. We are your partners. We are ready to work to protect your rights and to ensure there is a departure from what has happened in the past.
“It is by providing those laws that we will provide the enabling environment that will redefine these type of challenges. It is not good for us as a country for our disabled persons to feel neglected and deprived and I want to assure you that we will work to change the narrative in the 8th Senate,” he said.
Earlier, Anyaele had lamented that people with disabilities in the country found it difficult to access public infrastructure as well as justice nationwide as he decried a situation where about 25million Nigerians living with disabilities and their families are more or less rendered useless as a result of inability to care for their loved ones.