Kano state governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has signed, the Kano state persons with disabilities amendment bill 2022 into law.
ALL IN ONE reports that the bill was approved on Tuesday during the weekly executive council meeting, held at government house kano.
Addressing journalists shortly after assenting to the bill, Governor Ganduje explained that, the law would pave way for inclusion and development of people living with disabilities in the state.
He highlighted that, the law provides for the establishment of a board to over see the affairs of PWDs, Saying that all the six clusters would be represented, in the management of the board.
The governor maintained that, if established, the board would be given all the necessary assistance to make it functional according to global standards.
He said, people living with disabilities were part of those selected for enterepreneurship training, at Dangote skills acquisition center Kano, to make them self reliant and reduce unemployment.
Mr Ganduje however stressed that, the state has banned street begging and had set up a committee to evacuate beggars from nooks and crannies of the state.
It would be recalled that Kano state house of assembly passed the PWDs amendment law on November 16, 2022, after thorough deliberations and scrutiny by the lawmakers.
The new law provides for the establishment of a board, to oversee the affairs of PWDs, in addition to the allocation of 2% of all employment opportunities to the six clusters which includes the physically challenged persons and visually impaired persons.
Others are, hearing and speech impaired, spinal cord injury patients, down syndrome patients and persons with leprosy.
In an interview with the State Team Leader of Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn – Engage Citizens Pillar (PERL/ECP) Isa Surajo and Social Protection and Inclusion Manager, Expanding Social Protection for Inclusive Development, ESPID, Gladys Ahuwan described governor’s assent as a milestone in attaining an inclusive society.
Also the Northwest zonal coordinator of National Association of Physically Challenged Persons Bilkisu Zango called on Governor Ganduje to appoint competent persons among Persons With Disabilities to man the affairs of proposed board of PWDs.