Gombe State's Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Zubairu Umar, has given his assurance that the Disability Bill will be signed into law in the first quarter of 2024. This was made known during a meeting with the leadership of the state chapter of the Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD) in the commissioner's office on Friday.
This visit, organized by JONAPWD in collaboration with Civil Society Organizations, stakeholders, and the media, is pivotal in the development of the draft bill.
The commissioner stated, "The bill will be meticulously reviewed by the Gombe State Executive Council and subsequently presented to the legislative arm of government for approval before the conclusion of 2023."
Umar commended the representatives of the disability community for their unwavering support and loyalty to the Inuwa Yahaya-led administration, urging them to sustain their efforts.
Bala Jibrin, the leader of the delegation and deputy chairman of JONAPWD, explained their purpose for visiting, expressing their congratulations to Umar on his re-appointment as a member of the State Executive Council. They also presented a draft of the disability bill, intended for onward transmission to the state governor. Jibrin noted that once the bill becomes law, it will significantly address numerous challenges faced by individuals with disabilities in the state.