Persons With Disabilities Block NASS Gate

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Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, Senate President
By; BENEDICT SUNDAY, Kaduna
 Persons With Disabilities (PWD) on Wednesday, October 10, barricaded the National Assembly gate in protest.
The protesters are demanding for the transmission of Disability Bill by the lawmakers to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent.
The Disability Bill which has been passed by the two chambers of the National Assembly seeks to protect the rights of Nigerians who are physically challenged.
It also seeks a complete action on the discrimination against persons with disabilities and a quest for equal voting access.
The bill prohibits discrimination on the grounds of disability and other harmful practices.
The lawmakers resumed plenary on Tuesday morning after a long break which spanned over two months.The protest comes a day after a number of legislative aides to federal lawmakers on Tuesday, October 9,staged a peaceful protest to demand their unpaid allowances.
The aides were positioned in the building, at the lobby between both chambers of the National Assembly (NASS) as they sang song’s in solidarity, holding up placards.
Nyakari-Abasi Etuk, who led the protesters, informed newsmen that they have not been paid Duty Tour Allowances (DTA) among others, since the inception of the 8th assembly.

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