Following the signing the law to protect people living with disability from discrimination and exclusion by President Mohammadu Buhari, the Federal Government has five years to comply with the provisions of the law, the Minister of Power, Work and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has disclosed. According to him, this would require that all public buildings must have lifts and ramps.
“By this I mean well designed ramps for people confined to their wheelchairs, not hills they cannot use on their own,” he said. Speaking during the press briefing on National infrastructure Maintenance Framework yesterday in Abuja, the minister said that President Buhari has raised the bar for construction, services and a new way of life for Nigerians “when he signed the law to protect people living with disability from discrimination and exclusion.”
With the signing of Disabilities Bill into law, Fashola said the public needed to modify all toilets with support for brothers and sisters who are living with disabilities, adding that government must build sidewalks for them to use the roads without colliding with vehicles.
He said: “Our airports and parking lots in buildings must become compliant with international best practice by providing corridors and facilities for people living with disabilities at arrival and departure points, while a minimum number of slots clearly designated must be provided for vehicles owned by people living with disabilities.”