By Mojisola Oladele
The Osun State House of Assembly, OSHA, has held a public hearing on the Osun State Disability Protection Bill as part of the process of enacting a law for persons living with disabilities.
The bill would go a long way in guaranteeing the fundamental rights of Persons with Disabilities amongst other numerous benefits.
Speaking the Deputy Speaker, Mr. Akinyode Oyewusi stated this during the public hearing on the bill, held at the Assembly Complex, Osogbo.
Mr. Oyewusi emphasized the need for the state to have a law which would protect persons with disabilities noting that they are equally members of the society and should be protected.
The deputy speaker who recalled that the National Assembly enacted an act, “Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act” in 2018, said domesticating it in the state would go a long way to guarantee the fundamental rights of persons with disabilities in Osun State.
In their separate royal messages, the monarch of Oke-Ila town, Oba Adedokun Abolarin, the Owamiran of Esa-Oke, Oba Adeyemi Adediran and the Kabiyesi of Ibokun, Oba Festus Awogboro represented by the Saaba the town described the bill as timely and suggested the establishment of an institution to do a thorough research on ways to further improve the lives of persons with disabilities.
Responding on their behalf, the state chairman, Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities, JONAPID, Mr. Stephen Oluwafemi appreciated the sponsor of the bill and other legislators of the 8th Assembly for deeming it fit to design the bill.