From: Paul Osuyi, Asaba
An Executive Bill, aimed at protecting fundamental rights of Persons Living With Disability (PLWD) against all forms of molestation, discrimination and abuse, is underway in Delta State.
The state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Peter Mrakpor, dropped this hint, in Asaba, when he granted audience to members of PLWD from Delta north senatorial district.
He said the bill which will criminalise abuse and discrimination of persons living with disability would soon be forwarded to the state House of Assembly for consideration and passage.
Mrakpor also said it was the responsibility of government to protect and promote human dignity and rights of all persons in society against torture, harassment, inhuman or degrading treatment.
The commissioner maintained that every individual is entitled to respect irrespective of status and abilities.
While accepting to be the Patron of the Delta North Chapter of (PLWD), Mrakpor sought for their contribution towards the enactment of a law that protects their rights.
He promised to look into a case of an alleged illegal arrest and detention a deaf and dumb by the police who could neither read nor write and cannot speak because of his condition, urging them to report any case of persons living with disability in prison custody for review.
Coordinator of the group, Ojeme Monday, presented several issues affecting PLWD in the state, while commending the government of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for the empowerment package and monthly stipends for some of their members across the state.
He also thanked the Attorney-General for initiating a draft bill for an enactment of a law against discrimination of persons living with disabilities in the State.