The Nigeria Association of the Blind (NAB), Abuja chapter, has called on the federal government to look into the building code of the country, so as to allow persons with disabilities have access to public offices.
Chairman of the association, Mr Ekujereonye Bede Obinna, made the call when he led his members on a courtesy visit to the office of the Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), in Abuja.
Obinna noted that according to a research conducted by the association, FCT chapter, NAB examined that over 45% of offices in the country are not accessible by persons with disabilities.
According to him: “The present Nigeria building code was reviewed in 2006 and this is 2020, we discovered that the code has no consideration for persons with disabilities in Nigeria; therefore, we are calling on the federal government, through COREN, to review the already overdue building code.”
While receiving the association, the registrar of COREN, Engr (Prof) Joseph Odigure, noted that the council is undergoing a review of the Nigeria building code to ensure that persons with disabilities have easy access to public office.
by ERNEST NZOR , Leadership