Disabled MP, Julius Nye Cuffie has urged the Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s’ Affairs to fast track the proposed Disability Bill.
Speaking to Awoko in Parliament about the present state of the Bill, the MP said he does not know what is holding it up adding that one time the Gender Minister called him up to inform him that Cabinet had approved the draft Bill and that there was a memo to the effect from the Cabinet Secretariat to the Attorney General to work on the Bill.
Hon. Cuffie explained further that he met the Attorney General and Minister of Justice who told him that he had not seen the memo spoken of and when he subsequently saw the Parliamentary Counsel, it was confirmed to him that the draft Bill was with them and work is being done with it.
The MP expressed disappointment that it has taken about 2-3 months since Cabinet approved the draft Bill “An ample time for it to have been printed and taken to Parliament”
He said the Disability Bill was important to the disabled and without its existence, a particular set of people are sidelined. “As a disabled person, I would celebrate the 49th Independence anniversary with joy if the Bill is enacted”
He also expressed happiness with Parliament for ratifying the UN Convention but said that it was through the national Disability Law that the Convention will be domesticated. “Without that, it will create a lot of gaps in terms of implementing the Convention.”
By Ishmael Bayoh