Moratorium for public facilities to be disability friendly ends 2016

The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has reiterated its commitment to ensure that provisions in the Persons With Disability Act are fully implemented in 2016.

The PWDs Act of 2006 (Act 715) among other things gave a 10 year moratorium for all public buildings and public transport to be made accessible to persons with disability; this ends in 2016.

The Act among others ensures that persons with disability are given decent education and awarded decent jobs.

Speaking on her plans for the year, the sector Minister Nana Oye Lithur indicated that her ministry remains committed to ensuring the wellbeing of the vulnerable in society.

“2016, we are still going to implement a lot of our work, we are focusing on persons with disability; we know that it’s been 10 years since the disability law was promulgated. We still need to do lots of work in making our public buildings disability friendly.

“We will also be expanding programmes for persons with disability. You know they have issues with employment and other facilities.  We will also be working with women in terms of macro finance, and some of the laws that we need to pass,” she explained.

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