Monday, April 15, 2024

Reps summon KFC over discrimination against ex-gov Gbenga Daniel’s son


The Home of Representatives Committee on Disabilities has summoned the administration of Kentucky Fried Hen, KFC, over allegations of discriminatory therapy in direction of Mr Adebola Daniel, an individual residing with a incapacity and son of former Ogun State Governor, Gbenga Daniel.

Chairman of the committee, Bashiru Ayinla, introduced this determination whereas briefing newsmen on the Nationwide Meeting Complicated, Abuja, on Tuesday.

Ayinla, representing Oshodi/Isolo-1 Federal Constituency, Lagos State, vowed that the committee would be sure that any violation of the Incapacity Act is met with applicable punishment beneath the regulation.

Recall that the incident in query occurred on the KFC outlet throughout the Murtala Muhammed Worldwide Airport, Lagos, the place Daniel, a wheelchair person, was reportedly denied entry with the supervisor allegedly stating, “No wheelchair allowed.”

Expressing his dismay, Ayinla acknowledged the gravity of the scenario, saying, “The discriminatory incident sheds mild on the challenges being confronted by people with disabilities in Nigeria. This therapy is unacceptable and is a violation of the Incapacity Act.

“We now have invited KFC and there might be an investigation which might be based mostly on Home guidelines.

“The discriminatory incident, highlighted by Mr Daniel’s public account, sheds mild on the challenges being confronted by people with disabilities in Nigeria.

“Mr Daniel, a wheelchair person, confronted humiliation when he was refused entry to the KFC outlet, with the supervisor stating, ‘No wheelchair allowed.’ This therapy is unacceptable and goes towards the ideas of inclusivity and respect and it’s a violation of the Incapacity Act.”

The Committee Chairman identified the significance of imposing the Incapacity Act to safeguard the rights of individuals with disabilities, stressing the necessity for compliance with its provisions, notably relating to entry to public areas and employment quotas.

In keeping with him, the son of the ex-governor and serving senator, Daniel, recounted his expertise on the KFC outlet of the airport in a collection of tweets posted on Wednesday through his X deal with, @DebolaDaniel, saying, “Being disabled usually rolls over my spirit, forsaking a path of shattered dignity and forgotten humanity. Nowhere extra so than in Nigeria.”

Ayinla added that the denial of people with disabilities entry to public areas is just not solely disrespectful “but additionally undermines ongoing efforts to implement the Incapacity Act”.

“The case of Mr Adebola Daniel is one in thousands and thousands of different unreported circumstances of such abuses and injustices towards folks with disabilities.

“It will not be tolerated by the governments in any respect ranges. Any institutions throughout the shore of our nation irrespective of householders’ standing ought to take notice. Sufficient is sufficient!

“The Discrimination towards Folks with Disabilities Prohibition Act 2018, handed by the Nationwide Meeting, goals to safeguard the rights of individuals with disabilities.

“Nevertheless, compliance with this Act has been missing because the grace interval led to January,” the lawmaker added.

Ayinla pledged the readiness of the Home to have interaction with communities to kick-start the total implementation of the Incapacity Act, stating that “key provisions equivalent to entry to public buildings, employment quotas, and welfare promotion for individuals with disabilities have to be enforced to make sure their rights are upheld”.

He additionally urged state governments to cultivate the Incapacity Act.

Addressing issues in regards to the committee’s motives, Ayinla affirmed that the lawmakers’ motion was not influenced by the standing of the person concerned however reasonably by the broader crucial of selling inclusivity and upholding the rights of all residents, no matter their bodily skills.

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