On September 25, 2019 at UN HEADQUARTERS NEW YORK during the UN General Assembly’s Climate Change Summit 2019, at its High-Level, World Peace Awards Ceremony, Side-Event, Her Excellency Dr. (Mrs.) Aisha Buhari, while presenting the prestigious award to Chief Eric Ndubueze Ufom, President, Equal Rights for Persons with Disabilities International, Inc, said that the establishment of an Independent, Implementation Commission for the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2018, will take place before one year anniversary of the Act.
Dr. Hajo Sani, OON, Senior Special Assistant to the President, Office of the wife of the President, said this on behalf of Her Excellency, while representing her.
Her Excellency, Dame Pauline Tallen, OFR, Minister of Women Affairs and former Deputy Governor of Plateau State at UN Headquarters, New York, also said that a Disabilities Rights Commission will be established soon by the President.
Also present at the Ward Ceremony were, HRM (Arc) King Adedapo Aderami Adeen, The Alayemore of Ido-Osun, Secretary, (BoT), National Council of Traditional Rullers of Nigeria, Abuja and Convener-General: Council of Traditional Rulers Leaders of Africa (COTLA); the First Lady of Sokoto State, Her Excellency, Hajiya Mariya Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, First Lady of Bauchi State, Her Excellency, Hajiya Hadiza Ma Abubakar, The wife of the Hon. Speaker of the House of Representative of Nigeria, the Wife of Nigeria’s council General in London, UK , Mahatma Gandhi’s granddaughter, and many other dignitaries.
January 23, 2020, will mark one-year anniversary, which President Muhammadu Buhari assented it into law.
Chief Eric Ndubueze Ufom, in response, said that since 1914 history of Nigeria, there was no single law to protect and promote the rights, equality and dignity of persons with Disabilities and every Nigerian family because every Nigerian family has one or more persons with disabilities inside our respective families, until more than one hundred years later, January 23, 2019.
“This is the best and biggest historic Legacy made by President Buhari and his family,” said Chief Ufom.
Chief Ufom then made a personal request from Ms. Zahra Buhari, who was present at the award ceremony to represent her mother, the First Lady, to continue with this Buhari’s excellent historic legacy by championing the establishment of the Disability Rights Commission and ensuring its full implementations.
On behalf of 27 million Nigerians with Disabilities and every Nigerian family, Chief Ufom thanked President Buhari and the First Lady for this new Disability Rights Law.