Nigeria's Legislation Against Discrimination of Persons With Disabilities: An Assessment

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After several years of appeals for the protection of persons with disabilities from discrimination in Nigeria, the federal government of Nigeria in early 2019 passed into law the Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2018. While this is considered a welcome development, it remains to be ascertained whether the government has the political will to implement the act. This chapter examines the provisions of the Anti-Disability Disability Discrimination Law in Nigeria. The aim here is to consider how the law can be employed to better the lives of persons with disabilities in areas including but not limited to access to justice, employment, healthcare, education, and transportation. The methodology adopted for the study is a doctrinal review of the law and literature on disability rights, the plight of persons with disabilities, and the effect of the recently passed Act of 2018. The chapter concludes with recommendations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial, Educational, and Cultural Perspectives of Disabilities in the Global South
EditorsSibonokuhle Ndlovu, Phefumula Nyoni
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781799848684
ISBN (Print)9781799848677, 1799848671, 9781799856849
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021

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