The Disability Bill which is presently in the Pre -Legislative Committee since it was taken to Parliament by the Minister of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs Dr. Soccoh Kabia is likely to be enacted by the House of Parliament in-between tomorrow and Friday in subsequent Parliamentary Proceedings.
This was revealed by the Hon. Julius Kofi, a Member of Parliament representing the disabled groups in the country during a National Consultative Meeting for persons with disabilities at Saint Anthony’s Parish Hall, Brookfields, Freetown.
Hon. Kofi said that issues on the rights and promotion of people with disabilities has attracted a national concern, from cabinet to the House of Legislation considering the enormous challenges faced by this class of people.
He said that the Majority Leader in Parliament and Head of Government Business Hon. Dumbuya has thrown concern on the condition of the bill to the Parliamentary Clerk, and it is likely to be tabled in Parliament tomorrow for further deliberation and enactment.
He also revealed that Sierra Leone is making an admirable headway in its effort to promote and protect issues of human rights, of which the rights of persons with disabilities are no exception.
The MP said that in their recent West Africa Parliamentary Meeting in Liberia, the Sierra Leone Parliament was appraised for its stance in stamping out all forms of discrimination and gender-based violence since the end of the war.
The Social Welfare Minister Dr. Saccoh Kabia in his comment reiterated that it is very necessary to expedite the enactment of the bill to be able to address the enormous problems encountered by persons with disabilities.
He outlined the content of the bill in that it will institute, upon its enactment, a Disabled Commission, provide free education and vocational training for persons with disabilities at required levels, make provision for free medical care, ensure mobility in public buildings and public transports and a host of other facilities necessary for disabilities in all forms.
Respective organizations working towards alleviating the miserable conditions of persons with disabilities, among them the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General Michael Schulenburg proffered recommendations for improvement of the conditions of disability people in Sierra Leone.
By Poindexter Sama