LEGISLATION & POLICY ADVOCACY
The aim of the Legislation and Public Policy Advocacy on Albinism is to ensure the total mainstreaming of albinism programmes and policies into every sector of development in Nigeria. For a broader spectrum and outreach, the foundation has found it necessary to make this a major initiative as it is the most effective method to entrench policies which are widely able to reach all local, state and federal levels of society respectively as well as facilitate implementation.
UTILIZING LEGISLATION AS AN INSTRUMENT FOR MAINSTREAMING ALBINISM INTO PUBLIC POLICY
The legislature, as the arm of government that is empowered to make, change or repeal the laws of a country, plays a very pivotal role in the overall direction that a country takes.
A legislature that is conscious of all segments of its citizenry, ensures to listen and ascertain their challenges, consider that it serves them to their utmost good and applies to ease their discomforts within the jurisdiction of the law, is the vehicle that drives any country to its set objectives.
In the vast assortment of tribes, cultures, associations and groups that define our country, it can be quite difficult to catch the attention of the legislature enough to warrant the interest required for positive action.
The voice of minority groups with special needs seems to be drowned under the clamouring voices of larger groups with seemingly more dominant needs.
The most effective channel for minority voices to be distinguished from others is through legislation as it is most able to reach the broader platform of society through local, state and federal transmittance.
The special needs of every group differ because the obstacles they face are dissimilar. The challenges of albinism are distinct from Sickle Cell Anemia or HIV and its solutions are therefore peculiar to it.
The National Policy on Albinism and its Implementation Guidelines was pushed forward by the foundation mainly to assist persons with albinism in all works of life. The National Council on Education approved the policy when they became aware of the difficulties and discrimination that persons with albinism encountered in the classroom and general educational environment. Being previously unaware, they came to understand the need for a policy that addressed the peculiarities of the condition to be established.
Unfortunately, the policy is yet to be fully enforced and even though TAF is relentlessly working on its heels to educate the public on the cause, it lacks the backing power that only the government can give to lift off fully.
In conclusion, it is undoubtedly obvious that government is the supreme body able to assist the foundation into its Promised Land and the foundation determinedly continues working hard to ensure that the policy emerges to see the light of day as it remains the right of persons with albinism, as full-fledged citizens of this great nation, to enjoy the full benefits of their native land.