The Joint National Association of Persons with Disability (JONAPWD) says it will use advocacy to persuade the President Goodluck Jonathan to sign the Persons with Disability Bill into law.

The Chairman of the association in FCT, Alhaji Abubakar Bobbo, stated this in an interview with the press in Abuja on Monday.

He said that serious but civilised actions needed to be taken to have the bill signed into law.

The bill seeks to establish the National Commission for Persons With Disability and vests it with the responsibilities for the education of people with disability, health care and the protection of their social, economic, civil and political rights.

The harmonised bill was passed by the two chambers of the sixth National Assembly on Sept. 8, 2010.

Bobbo, however, said that the association would follow all necessary steps within the ambit of the law to convince President Goodluck Jonathan to sign it into law.

“No one needs to be a genius to understand the simple truth that we cannot physically force the hands of Mr President to sign the disability bill into law, yet we urgently need this law,’’ he said.

He said the bill was to uphold democratic values, respect the human rights and dignity of Nigerian citizens with disabilities.

“In 1981 Disabled People’s International (DPI) was established as a world umbrella body for all disabled people. It came up with a slogan `Nothing about us without us’.

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