Senator Umaru Tanko Al-Makura yesterday lauded President Muhammadu Buhari over his establishment of a commission for the disabled persons in the country and appointing its members.
Al-Makura, who represented Nasarawa South senatorial district at the National Assembly, gave the commendation during an interaction with journalists.
While thanking the President for assenting to the Discrimination Against Persons with Disability (Prohibition) Act, 2019, last year, which provides for the establishment of the commission, he noted that for the president to approve the appointment of chairman and members of the commission, showed that he is committed to the plight all Nigerians.
Al-Makura, a former governor of Nasarawa State, who himself is living with disability, said that the President’s action would go a long way to help the vulnerable and ensure they enjoy their full rights and privileges as citizens of the country.
He said, “My group now has a commission and executives in place to cater for their needs, protect their rights and provide an enabling environment for them to maximize their potentials, thrive and contribute valuably to the society and the nation as a whole.
“I rember in 2012, when I led people with disabilities on a one-million man march to the National Assembly, on the need to expedite all legislative processes on the passage of the Disabilities Law, today I consider it as a dream comes true.
“I wish to thank our leader, President Muhammadu Bihari and my colleagues in the National Assembly for the passage of the law.”