Oyo Assembly Advocates Aggressive Campaign On Discrimination Against Albinism
Oyo State House of Assembly has stressed the need for more sensitization against the discrimination of the People with Albinism.
The call followed a motion presented before the house by the lawmaker representing Ogbomoso North state constituency, Mrs. Olawumi Oladeji.
Mrs Oladeji, while presenting the motion, disclosed that the genetic formation and impaired vision of people with albinism are major stigmas putting them in a disadvantage position to have access to proper health care.
The lawmaker said Oyo State is the second highest of the states discriminating against People with Albinism with 26 percent, following Plateau State which is maintaining the first with 34 percent.
While calling on the state government to extend the application of Oyo State Person Living with Disability Law, 2017 and other relevant international treaties to cover People with Albinism, Mrs. Oladeji prayed that People with Albinism should always be considered whenever there is opportunity for employment in any government establishments.
The lawmaker also emphasized on public enlightenment programmes through primary healthcare centers for parents with albino children.
While passing the resolution on the motion, the Speaker, Mr. Adebo Ogundoyin, urged the state government through the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Inclusion, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism and National Orientation Agency (NOA) to begin sensitization campaign against discrimination of People with Albinism especially in the rural communities.