Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly holds a Public Hearing on a bill for a law to protect physically challenged persons against all forms of discrimination today

The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly will on Monday 31st October, 2016 hold a Public Hearing on a bill for a law to protect physically challenged persons against all forms of discrimination.
It is aimed at providing persons with disabilities, equal opportunities in all aspects of life.
The Public hearing will take place at the Old Chapel of the State House of Assembly Complex, Sir Udo Udoma Avenue, Uyo by ten in the morning.
It is sponsored by 12 members in the House including the Speaker, Barrister Onofiok Luke and the Deputy Speaker, Princess Felicia Bassey.
A statement signed by the Deputy Speaker and Chairman House Committee on Women, Social Welfare and Special Matters, Princess Felicia Bassey and the Clerk of the committee, Mrs. Unwana Idungafa has invited the wife of the state Governor, Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel, the Head of Civil Service, Permanent Secretaries in the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Bureau of Cooperative and Food Sufficiency, Ministry of Health, as well as the State Chairman, Association of People with disabilities to attend.
The statement also extended invitation to the state Chairman, Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, Chairman Federation of Women Lawyers, the President, National Council of Women Societies, State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists and the State Chairman of ALGON to attend the hearing.
The Chairman of NLC, Nigerian Bar Association, Presidents of Civil Society Organizations, State Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria and other Religious Bodies, Coordinator Female Ambassadors for Good Governance as well as the Chairman State Council of Chiefs are also expected at the Public Hearing.
Similarly, the South South Coordinator Association of the Blind, President Esop Mbong Iban, Akamba Obonganwan Christiana Ebinda, the Chairman Nigeria Legion, State Chairmen of Transport Workers Unions, Trade Union Congress and the Chairman Red Cross Society are invited.
The statement says the invitation is to ensure effective and speedy consideration of the bill and to get the public involved in the law making process.

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