Edo State Association of Deaf (EDSAD), has lamented discrimination and ill-treatment suffered by her members in the state and the society at large, stressing that deaf people are not inferior but equal to any other able person in the society.
The Association wants Nigerian Disability Act, as assented by Presented Muhammadu Buhari, to be domesticated by Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, whom they described as the most disabled people friendly and also transmit and enact Executive Disable Bill for the wellbeing of people living with disability.
In an awareness rally to mark this year’s International Week of the Deaf cum Deaf Awareness Day in Edo State, with the theme: “Sign Language, Right For All”, Chairman of EDSAD, Mr. Eromosele Kingsley, decried negative attitude of employers of labour towards deaf and dumb in Edo State.
Eromosele maintained that deaf persons do anything other able persons can do apart from talking and hearing.
He posited that no one should be abused, ignored or discriminated against on the ground of being disable, adding that the belief that deaf and dumb are dependents is erroneous and superstitious.
“We are erroneously viewed by the society as dependent beings; one who must depend on the society and family members for survival. Resultant effect is the low level education and inferiority complex of the deaf, hence the need to create awareness and enlighten the public about the hidden talents and potential of deaf people.
“Deaf people all over the world (Edo State inclusive) suffer injustice. This is because society believe deaf people and the use of sign language are inferior and don’t deserve equal right. No one should be abused, ignored, silenced or excluded just for being deaf”, he added.
He, however, commended Mr. Godwin Obaseki for giving recognition to the deaf and dumb by employing them in different ministries and agencies including government house, discribing him as the most deaf and dumb friendly governor Edo State has ever had.