By Ogar Monday; House of Assembly Correspondent
The member representing Akpabuyo State Constituency in the Cross River State House of Assembly Hon. Elizabeth Ironbar has said that the time has come for the physically challenged in Cross River State to stop being discriminated against; they should enjoy their rights like all other persons.
Hon. Ironbar stated this at the public hearing of a bill she is sponsoring to establish the Cross River State Disability Commission Bill, at the mini-auditorium of the Assembly complex.
Elizabeth added that she shares the plight of the physically challenge and have seen some of the horrors they are made to go through.
On his part, Hon. Ekpo Ekpo Basey, Chairman House Committee on Health, Women Affairs, Social Welfare and Gender Development said the fact that the bill has gone to this stage shows the commitment of the 8th Assembly towards making those living with disabilities see how valuable they’re.
He asked those who are present in the public hearing to make contributions and suggestions regarding sections of the bill that may need to be looked at and any other area that they think was not properly contemplated.
Speaking to our correspondent, one of the physically challenged persons present. Dr. Francis Ekok said the bill is something they have been praying for and that he is glad it is coming to fruition.
He urged members of the Committee to duly take into consideration all the issue raised by them and bring out a bill that will be acceptable and represent the will of the physically challenged.
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