OrderPaperToday – A major victory is on the horizon for physically challenged people in Nigeria as the House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill to set aside 20% of Federal jobs for the disabled.
The Bill sponsored by the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, was passed by the Committee of the whole of the House.
The bill if passed by the Senate and assented to by the President will reserve 20% of employment opportunity to the people who are physically challenged.
Speaking on the motion during the consideration of the report, Gbajabiamila noted that the bill will ensure will strengthen section 42 of the 1999 constitution on discrimination.
He said that the bill, “seeks to religiously and morally help us to be our brothers keeper. We have a lot out there who are physically but are more qualified for jobs, but are discriminated against,” adding “the last time this bill was discussed, it stalled because of percentage, the cameramen are not here, so that the lawmakers can look those people in the eyes while opposing it.”
However, the Minority leader, Ndudi Elumelu called for the percentage to be 10%, but when the presiding officer put the clauses of the bill to question, the “ayes” had it.