Centre for Citizens with Disabilities CCD condemns in strong terms the discrimination against persons with disabilities by one of the Airlines operating in the country for a reason of being a wheelchair users.
In a statement issued to journalists in Abuja by the Executive Director of CCD Mr David Anyaele notes that the recent experience of Dr. Chike Okogwu who on Dec. 20, 2020, was not allowed by an airline to board their flight bound for Abuja to Lagos because he is a wheelchair user is an outright discrimination against persons with disabilities.
My Anyaele expresses worry that this is not the first-time passengers with disabilities are being discriminated against by airline operators, which violates section 14 of the Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities Prohibition Act 2018 which provides that all airlines operating in Nigeria shall ensure the accessibility of their aircraft to persons with disabilities; make available presentable and functional wheelchair for the conveyance of persons with disabilities.
CCD calls on the leadership of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities to speedily investigate the increasing human rights violations against citizens with disabilities by airline operators in Nigeria with the view of bringing perpetrators to book.
CCD also call on the Federal Ministry of Aviation to speedily implement section 14:2 of the Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities Prohibition Act 2018 which provides that all airports shall be made available for the conveyance of persons with disabilities who need presentable and functional assistive and protective devices to and from the aircraft.