Auta: Why political parties sideline disabled persons for elective offices

OrderPaperToday – Lois Auta, the only female House of Representatives candidate in the 2019 general elections living with a disability, has explained why political parties neglect disabled persons when choosing candidates for elective positions.

In an exclusive interview with OrderPaperNG she explained that persons living with disabilities lack confidence and financial resources to run for offices.

“Many political parties do not believe in persons with disabilities because one, we do not believe in ourselves. So how can someone out there believe in you?

“Secondly, we don’t have the money other people have to run for elections. Yes, I came out with faith and with the caliber of people I know”, Lois said.

On the disability bill that was recently assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari, she expressed fears on its implementation.

She said: “Yes, we are glad that Mr. President signed our bill into law. I want to use this medium to thank him. The question is can we see the executive bill? And did this act come with a commission?

“Who are going to manage the affairs of the commission? What about the implementation plans? These are issues we need to raise. I have fears about the implementation though they said they have given individuals and corporate organisations five years to ensure that the provisions in that act are achieved.”

According to her, the act can only be fully implemented when all Nigerians fulfill it’s provisions.

“In the bill, we have so many issues that have been addressed- accessibility, education, politics and others. It is always an issue whenever I go to a bank, they will ask me to stay outside and one of the staff will come and attend to me. Why? Because they do not have access for wheel chairs and crutches.

“The deaf can easily can easily go to the bank. The blind, yes, but they will have issues filling in signature and other things.

“That is why I said, we need everybody in. This involves all Nigerians to ensure that the act is being implemented.”

Please watch out for the full interview in a subsequent post

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