The bill which was signed by President Muhammadu Buhari, prohibits all forms of
discrimination on ground of disability and imposes fine of N1million for corporate bodies and N100, 000 for individuals or a term of six months imprisonment for violation concurrently.
Senator Ita Enang, who is the presidential aide on National Assembly, explains that the new law provided for a five-year transitional period within which public buildings, structures or automobile are to be modified to be accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities, including those on wheelchairs.
"Discrimination is prohibited in public transportation facilities and service providers are to make provision for the physically, visually and hearing impaired and all persons howsoever challenged. This applies to Seaports, Railways and Airport facilities.
The rights and privileges include education, healthcare, priority in accommodation and emergencies, all public organisations are to reserve at least 5% of employment opportunities for these persons,” He said, while quoting the act.