Photo: JONAPWD, others taking photography after court ruling on June 17, 2020 in Abuja

Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD) Board of Trustee (BOT) has begun moves to resolve the lingering crisis in the association to preserve the interest of its 31 million members.

Deputy Chairperson and Secretary of JONAPWD, BOT Omotunde Ellen Thompson in a statement obtained by Inclusive News Network (INN) said the Association commends the decision of members who had earlier taken the association to court withdraw their case for the interest of peace.

She recalled that the BOT on November 20, 2018 released a letter banning the two members, Ekaete Judith Umoh and Barrister Yusuf Iyodo from parading themselves as the president of the association, having received petition from some concerned stakeholders and also establishing a fact that there are some irregularities that marred the election that produced two of them.

Thompson said the decision of the BOT was taken to restore sanity and peace in the association, which according to her, was earlier stalled by the pending court action which has now been struck out.

She said the BOT has also decided to return to its earlier decision of putting a process in place to restore a long-lasting peace to the association.

To this end, the JONAPWD BOT Scribe said in order not to leave the association in a vacuum and for the interest of 31 million Nigerians with disabilities who were sub changed overtime due to the crisis, the BOT has decided to set up constitutional review committee in the next one week to kick start the process of reviewing the constitution of the association

She added that plans are also underway to contract the services of an external auditor to audit the Association.

Besides, Thompson said a congress to rectify and adopt the reviewed constitution, adopt the audited report, appoint new electoral committee to conduct a new election following the guidelines from a more acceptable constitution of the association will be called in the next one month.

“The BOT appreciates the sacrifices already made by many to see to the end of this conflict and wishes to call on the support of all to ensure that the peace process started by BOT is completed for the good of 31 million Nigerians with Disabilities,” she said.

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