Gender Ministry plans to amend Disability Act to enhance rights and employment for persons with disabilities

The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Ms. Lariba Zuweria Abudu, has disclosed that her ministry is undertaking amendments to the Persons with Disability Act 2006 (Act 715) to align with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

This move is aimed at ensuring the full realization of human rights for disabled individuals, encompassing education, health, employment, and transport.

Ms. Abudu announced the proposed changes during a parliamentary session, where she responded to a question posed by Mr. Mohmmed Adamu , an MP for the National Democratic Congress () representing Adentan.

The amendments also include provisions for tax exemptions for employers and training opportunities for unemployed persons with disabilities (PWDs), intended to enhance their employment prospects.

The Minister mentioned that her ministry has contributed to the development of the Employment Equity Policy by the Ministry of .

This policy seeks to promote equitable employment opportunities for PWDs in the labour market, particularly within the public service sector.

The amendments align with the (SDGs), specifically Goals Eight and 10. Goal Eight focuses on promoting sustainable economic growth and decent work for all, while Goal 10 addresses reducing inequalities based on factors including disability.

The Sustainable Development Goals, introduced by the United Nations in 2015, encompass 17 interconnected objectives aimed at achieving global peace, prosperity, and environmental sustainability.

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