Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano State, has signed the Kano Persons with Disabilities Bill 2022, which was recently passed by the House of Assembly.
On Tuesday, during the weekly State Executive Council meeting at Kano’s Government House, the bill was signed into law.
Ganduje stated shortly after signing the bill into law that it would pave the way for the inclusion and development of people with disabilities in the state.
He stated that the law provided for the establishment of a ministry to oversee the affairs of PWDs, and that the ministry would be run by representatives from all six disability clusters.
The governor stated that once established, the ministry would receive all necessary assistance to ensure that it operates in accordance with global standards.
He stated that some people with disabilities were chosen for entrepreneurial training at the Dangote Skills Acquisition Centre in Kano in order to become self-sufficient and reduce unemployment.
The governor, on the other hand, stated that the state has prohibited street begging and has formed a committee to remove beggars from all nooks and crannies throughout the state.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the House of Assembly passed the PWDs Amendment Law 2022 on November 16.
The new law calls for the creation of a ministry to oversee the affairs of people with disabilities, as well as the allocation of 2% of all employment opportunities to the six clusters that include the physically and visually impaired.
Those with impaired hearing, speech impairment, spinal cord injury patients, Down syndrome patients, and lepers are among the others.
The law also makes it possible for people with disabilities to reserve special parking lots and spaces in public buildings.