Persons living with disabilities (PLWDs) are imbued with inalienable human rights and have talents and potential that would aid in the Nigerian government’s unceasing pursuit of economic development. However, under Nigeria’s Fourth Republic since 1999, implementation of disability laws has been lethargic. In Improving Disability Laws under Nigeria's Fourth Republic: Ten Measured Steps into the Future, Philip C. Aka and Joseph Abiodun Balogun explore measures for improving the capacity of the Nigerian national government to implement regional and global treaties related to disability that are human rights-centric. They emphasize the need for a human rights focus and for the Nigerian government to implement laws that support the potential of PLWDs, including their contributions to socioeconomic development.
Philip C. Aka is former professor and dean of the Faculty of Law at the International University of Sarajevo.
Joseph Abiodun Balogun is a retired distinguished professor and former dean of the College of Health Sciences at Chicago State University, emeritus professor of physiotherapy at the University of Medical Sciences, Ondo, Nigeria, and a visiting professor and program consultant at the Center of Excellence in Reproductive Health Innovation at the University of Benin.
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1Background History of Disability in Nigeria
2Survey of the Global and Regional Regimes on Disability Pertaining to Nigeria
3Record of the Nigerian National Government since 1999
4Improving Disability Laws under Nigeria’s Fourth Republic: Ten Steps into the Future
Conclusion and Prospects for the Future
About the Authors
"Commonly, academics in their research projects provide theories to explicate major issues in society. Accordingly, these distinguished veteran scholars, professors Philip C. Aka and Joseph Abiodun Balogun, provide theories aimed at guaranteeing equal advantage of all human rights to persons with disabilities as contained in the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, signed by Nigeria in 2007. They urge Nigeria to enshrine the preceding rights instrument in its constitution and ratify the Protocol of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on this matter. In doing so, Nigeria would integrate these often-marginalized citizens with disabilities into its development agenda. Overall, this is an invaluable book on human rights discourse in Nigeria and the Global South.”
"In a country beset by political, economic, religious, and socio-cultural challenges, laws and policies addressing the difficulties faced by various individuals who live with disabilities rarely capture the attention of decision-makers or even the general public. Yet, guided by international institutions and insights from religious texts and practices, persons living with different forms of disabilities are first and foremost human beings. And the role of a government is to protect each person based on their essential equality with other human beings, without regard to physical, mental, or economic conditions. Aka and Balogun should be commended for providing nuanced explanations for the different sources of disabilities and articulating the government’s role in legally equalizing opportunities for persons living with disabilities in Nigeria. Thus, as part of their preparations for assuming offices, elected officials in local, state, and national governments in Nigeria would benefit from reading this book. This book is also a welcome addition to assigned readings in courses on law, sociology, and politics in Nigeria."