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Web Analytic reports for the month of February 2018

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Bauchi First Lady Distributes Sallah Clothing, Foodstuffs To PWDs.

Bauchi State's First Lady, Hajia Aishatu Mohammed and her entourage ministering to the needs of PWDs as Ramadan fastings comes to an end

Her excellency, the First Lady of Bauchi State, Hajiya Dr. Aishatu Lami Bala Mohammed, in company of Hon. Brisca Joram Aaron (Executive Secretary, Bauchi State Agency for Persons With Disabilities), the Bauchi State Deputy Governor’s wife, and other high profile women, yesterday distributed clothing materials and foodstuffs to five cluster associations under the State Agency for Persons Living With Disabilities for this year’s Eid el-Fitr celebrations.

The benefiting associations include The Association of Physical Disabilities, the Deaf Association, The Association of the Blind, The Spinal Cord Injury Union, and the Leprosy Association, all in Bauchi State.

While presenting the items to the associations, the first lady described them as special people who deserved special care and attention from the government and NGOs. She also promised to work with the Agency for Persons With Disabilities to help train and empower People with special needs (disabled) through her NGO, Almuhibbat foundation. She lady believes doing so will make them self reliant and shun street begging.

Read Also: Bauchi Disability Agency Distributes Ramadan Gifts To Persons With Disabilities.

On their part, the various associations of Persons with Disabilities expressed their profound gratitude to her excellency and the Government of Bauchi State for remembering people with special needs by re-establishing the Agency for persons with disabilities and appointing competent persons to run the affairs of the agency.

They also appreciated the first lady for the kind gesture, describing her as the “the Mother of disabled in Bauchi’. Also, prayers were offered on for God’s grace and protection over the administration of Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed.

In her remarks, the Executive Secretary of the agency, Hon. Brisca J. Aaron thanked the Executive Governor of Bauchi State for always listening to the requests of the disabled in the state and described his government as the government that cares so much about the disabled.

She further (on behalf of the agency) expressed their gratitude to the first lady for the kind gesture shown to Persons with Disabilities. Conclusively, she urged the various associations under her watch to do justice while sharing the items to their members.

Tokyo 2020: Minister charges para-athletes on qualification

Minister of Youth and Sports Development Sunday Dare has charged the para-athletics team to Nottwil, Switzerland to be worthy ambassadors of the country as they seek to qualify for the 2020 Paralympics taking place in Tokyo later in the year.

The minister gave the charge when he bade farewell to the team for the qualifiers yesterday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.

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“Nigeria is solidly behind your bid for qualification for the para- athletics event in Nottwil, Switzerland. There is no doubt about your abilities which you have always proved over the years. You must be worthy ambassadors of our dear country by conducting yourselves very well to attain the best standards for qualifiers. Don’t be distracted, Nigerians are solidly behind you. You have always made us proud and we are confident that you will not disappoint this time by reaching the qualification threshold. We have done our bit, now the ball is in your court to ensure that Nigeria’s flag flies high,” Dare said.

10 Athletes will be seeking to qualify in the para-athletics event taking place from tomorrow to May 17 at Nottwil, Switzerland.

SARS Killed My Son For Not Bribing Them – Blind Mother Tells Panel

By Jeremiah Oke

The mother of a 20-year-old victim of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Mrs Arekemase, has said she became blind after her son, Kabiru Arekemase, was killed by men of the SARS.

She said her late son was killed for refusing to bribe the police officers after several threats to his life.

Narrating the incident at the ongoing #EndSARS panel sitting in Ibadan on Friday, she said her son had on several occasions told the men of SARS that he was not involved in any illegitimate business but they eventually killed him.

She said: “My son was arrested by SARS and detained for four months over false allegation of armed robbery even though there was no victim of the offence.

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“He was later charged and arraigned at the Chief Magistrate Court, Iyaganku on 8th of August, 2006 and acquitted.

“My son was re-arrested by SARS and taken into custody four months after he was acquitted by the court for his failure to meet the SARS monetary demands. While in custody, I used to visit him and take food to him, but one of the SARS officials told me one day that my son had been wasted (killed) by SARS.

“I wept for many years which later led to my total blindness. I even requested for the corpse of my late son but all my pleas fell on the deaf ears.”

Meanwhile, the Arekemase family is demanding for N250 million compensation from the federal government, through the Nigeria Police Force over the death of their son.

They are claiming compensation for malicious arrest and prosecution of their son which led to his extra-judicial killing by SARS operatives.

INEC lauds converted polling units for providing access to PWDs, others

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says its ongoing expansion of existing polling units would enhance access to voting centres by People with Disabilities (PWDs) and new settlements.

The commission also cited other beneficiaries to include voters in overcrowded polling units and those that would take advantage of the upcoming Continuous Voters Registration (CVR), to change their voting centres to where they reside.

Dr Emeka Ononamadu, the INEC’s Enugu state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), stated this in a statement on Saturday, in Enugu.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that on April 30, INEC announced the expansion of polling units in the state from 2,958 to 4,147; following the conversion of the existing 1,189 voting points to full-fledged polling units.

Ononamadu explained that the new polling units, created by strict adherence to the guidelines for conversion, was meant to curb overcrowding and inadequate voters’ access to polling units.

He said that some of the present locations of polling units made access almost impossible, particularly for PWDs, adding that such polling units would be reviewed and properly relocated.

“You are aware that since the last time polling units were created, lots of new settlements, residential areas, layouts, living squares and other new areas where Nigerians do businesses have come up.

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“What has happened is that these new areas have not been served with any polling unit. This has led to voters going too far from their residence or experienced congestion, due to a very high number of registered voters in a polling unit,’’ he said.

The REC explained that the guidelines for the creation of polling units had provided the conditions for the siting of such units in a location, to include being a public place, preferably, centrally located and accessible; and non-sectarian, such as community halls, health centres, court premises, public recreation centres, among others.

“Spacious facilities that can comfortably sit election officials, party agents, election observers and other legitimate election staff.

“And adequately covered locations such as classrooms and halls; and locations or facilities that can take more than one polling unit,’’ are the other considerations, he said.

Ononamadu said that the new locations for new polling units identified would be subjected to verification and a stakeholder engagement.

“The commission will interact with relevant stakeholders to bring them up to speed with what the commission is doing in that direction.

“The same standard and guideline applied in Enugu State is also applicable all over the federation.

“Therefore, your support, through correction of any falsehood that may emerge, is what we need at the moment,’’ he added.

LASG to turn Badagry into Jerusalem of Nigeria, says Sanwo-Olu‘s aide

The Lagos State Government (LASG), on Monday, said that it would turn the ancient town of Badagry into Jerusalem of Nigeria by constructing a befitting structure under the Agia Tree, where Christmas was first celebrated in 1842.

Mr Solomon Bonu, the Special Adviser to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tourism, Arts and Culture, said this at the 15th anniversary of Badagry Prime, a Town Hall Meeting and Award in Badagry.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the event was : “Badagry in the Face of Modern Development: Beyond the Talks”.

According to Bonu, the whole idea is meant to revitalise the tourism sector in Badagry.

“Lagos State governor has just approved the construction of a structure around the Agia Tree in Badagry, where the first Christmas was celebrated in Nigeria.

“The idea is that if Christmas was celebrated in 1842 here in Badagry under the Agia Tree here, the present administration is trying to turn Badagry into Jerusalem so that there will be a festival of Christmas in the town.

“This will be an avenue for pastors that used to travel from Nigeria to Jerusalem, to get back to their roots.

“So, every year, we want to make sure that everyone comes to Badagry to celebrate Christmas, the plan is on now.

“Any moment from now, the contractor will move to site and the work will start,” he said.

The special adviser said that the abandoned chalet in the town had been revisited and the contractor had returned to site.

Mr Setonji David, the lawmaker representing Badagry Constituency 11 in the Lagos State House of Assembly, described the publisher of Badagry Prime, Mr Felix Godonu, as a role model in the town.

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According to the lawmaker, the publisher has sustained the publication for over 15 years without hitches.

He urged the youth in Badagry to emulate him, adding that he had remained well-versed in his job.

Mr Miyise Suru-Lere, an Architect, urged politicians to always attend public functions where they would have the opportunity to highlight what they had contributed to the development of the town.

He urged them that they should not be sending representatives.

Mr Sunday Ogunfowora, the Protocol Officer of NULGE in Lagos State, said that there was the need to change the old system of doing things in Badagry.

Ogunfowora suggested a kind of summit where all stakeholders would come together and recharge and channel a common front.

He said that technocrats should be appointed as special advisers, supervisors and councilors, to move the town forward.

In his remarks, Godonu said that the objective of the publication was to bridge the information gap and to ensure real, timely and undiluted news reportage without economising the truth.

“A journalist should always say only the truth, no exaggeration of any stories, articles or news.

“He should be truly unbiased, but be conscientious, magnanimous by nature, and should first free himself from religion, party politics and greed for wealth, ” he said. (NAN)

Man Batters His Amputee Nursing Wife, Sends Her And Baby Away (Photos)

Adebisi Adedayo

A Nigerian man Mr. Uche Opara is in the news for the wrong reason after he allegedly gave his own wife Cynthia Amaka Okoro, the beating of her life despite being a nursing mother and an amputee.

Mrs Okoro who hails from Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State, is now suffering the aftermath of the severe beatings from her husband that almost cost her, her dear life.

Findings by Igbere TV revealed that the amputee who is a graduate of the Imo State Polytechnic, has been suffering domestic violence for years immediately she met her husband in 2019.

Mrs Okoro who lost one of her legs to an accident that almost took her life about eight years ago, now feeds from hand-to-mouth due to her condition as she is unable to secure a pay job.

In an exclusive interview with Igbere TV, the Physics graduate said she had to run away from her marriage with her baby who is currently sick after she was almost beaten to death by her husband.

The accused husband Mr. Uche Opara could not be immediately reached for comment. But sources close to the embattled couple confirmed the development to Igbere TV.

 

One of the sources, who craved anonymity, recalled how the amputee nursing mother tried to reach out to her on several occasions but she(our source) could not do much to help.

To survive, the amputee says she now hawks meat-pie in Lagos to support herself and her baby after being accommodated by a Facebook friend who saw her deteriorating condition.

She further revealed that her mother rejected and disowned her because she(the mother) has always been against her (Cynthia) getting pregnant for a man who has not paid her pride price nor done any traditional marriage rites for her people.

According to her, “One of my legs was cut off as as a result of an accident which happened 8 years back, and has put a pause to my dream of getting a job.

“Although, life has been difficult ever since my dad, the bread-winner passed away, and then I crossed path with the father of my child in 2019, who happened to be an abuser.

“Though I got pregnant for him but had to run away because he beats me at any slight opportunity he gets. After being delivered of the baby, I went to my sister’s house since my mother won’t accept the child as she saw me as a family disgrace.

“Few weeks later, the father of the child came begging, I gave him a second chance, not knowing it was a second chance to kill me, I was beaten almost to death, and again, I had to run away back to my sister’s place, but was turned down as she lamented that her husband never welcomed the idea of me staying with them.”

Mrs. Okoro is unable to pursue any formal case against her abusive husband as she is more occupied with how to survive the next day in a harsh Nigerian economy. She and her baby survive on the little change she makes from hawking meat-pie on the streets of Lagos.

LASODA seeks inclusion for persons with disabilities in governance

Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe

The General Manager of the Lagos State Office of Disability Affairs, Mr Oluwadamilare Ogundairo, on Thursday, said people with disabilities were critical to governance, hence the need to include everybody so that all could contribute meaningfully to the progress and development of any ministry, department and agency they find themselves.

Ogundairo stated this at a one-day workshop for senior officials in local government administration on the Lagos State Special Peoples’ Law and Inclusive Governance at the grass roots.

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The general manager said the workshop was organised to re-orientate all tiers of government on the need to make use of the recommendation of law, especially in tandem with the government’s policy of inclusion.

“In day-to-day running of all ministries, departments and agencies, leave no one behind in decision making. They should not be discriminated against as far as decision making is concerned in such MDAs,” Ogundairo said.

He urged the heads of the different MDAs to create a conducive environment to accommodate all the people with disabilities and display equality and equity.

PWDs, Other Beneficiaries of food scheme hail Oyetola

Representatives of groups in Osogbo Local Government of Osun State have described Governor Adegboyega Oyetola as a promise keeper.

Speaking during the distribution of food items from the Osun Food Support Scheme to vulnerable citizens, the beneficiaries said the governor has contributed to prove that his love for the people goes beyond ‘political eye-service’.

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The Secretary-General of Ohaneze Ndigbo in Osun State, Chief Chinaka Bennett, thanked Oyetola for his efforts in alleviating the sufferings of the masses.

Alhaji Kelani Raji, the representative of the Muslim Community, hailed the scheme as a step in the right direction by the Oyetola administration to give succour to the people.

Mr. Adedokun Waheed, representing artisans in Osogbo, Madam Mustapha Mohiliat, a widow from Aleshinloye community at Oke-Ijetu, the representative of Fulani community and spokesman for Miyetti Allah in the state, Mohammed Abdullah, Adebayo Muritala, representing the Osogbo sector of Persons With Disabilities and Fashoto Oludare, representing the Osogbo chapter of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, described the scheme as an historical feat.

Gov. Bello appoints deaf ex-cleaner as aide

R-L Gov. Yahaya Bello and his newly appointed Deaf Senior Special Assistant, Peter Aliyu. PHOTO: NAN

Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi has appointed deaf youth and former cleaner, Peter Aliyu, as his Senior Special Assistant on Sanitation.

This was made known in a statement issued by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Muhammed, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja.

The appointment, Muhammed said, was part of Bello’s efforts to foster inclusion in governance.

The appointment is also coming on the heels of President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts to ensure more inclusion of persons with disabilities and the establishment of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities.

According to Muhammed, the appointment of Aliyu, a former cleaner under the Geemoney Cleaning Scheme of the governor, further illustrates his compassionate attribute.

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“His appointment was announced on Wednesday alongside other new government appointees of government in a press release signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Folashade Arike Ayoade.

“The young man’s appointment came on the heels of his excellency’s observation of the man’s consistency, diligence and dedication which also endeared the new appointee to many other individuals who have hailed his appointment.

“Governor Bello has always been known for his non-discrimination approach to leadership and how he has ensured that individuals of different class, group and even social strata were meted equal treatment across board.

“The governor in his usual disposition did not consider Mr Aliyu’s disability as an hindrance for him to effectively serve but rather as a means to enlist him and prove to the world that in disabilities lie abilities as well,” he said.

He said the gesture by the governor was not the first of its kind as he had in the past given special consideration to people with disabilities.

This, he said, was by engaging them actively in his government and even signing bills that would enhance their welfare.

Lagos BRT firm sacks over 300 drivers in one year

By ADEYEMI ADELEYE

Primero Transport Services Limited, operator of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in Lagos, said that it had sacked no fewer than 300 drivers in the past year, to ensure the safety of its commuters.

Mr Fola Tinubu, Managing Director of the firm, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, on Sunday, that as part of its efforts to further ensure safety, the firm was one of the foremost transport companies to use speed gadgets to monitor drivers’ speed to ensure that they did not exceed speed limits.

“We have sacked over 300 drivers in the last one year for different reasons.

“The safety of our commuters is paramount to us and also our assets have to be protected because to replace a bus right now, you are talking about almost a minimum of N70 million.

“It is better we protect them and we are very particular about that,” Tinubu said.

The managing director said that the firm had also shown serious commitment to staff training, especially the drivers of the high-capacity buses.

“We are very particular about training our drivers and we will continue to train them. We also do health checks for them every six months, and we do eye tests”, he said.

On the Cowry card, he said that although the e-Card was a Lagos State Government initiative, it would work better with time as efforts were being made to perfect it.

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He further said that the firm was working to provide an efficient and effective transport system that would also be responsive to commuters’ demands and needs.

Tinubu said: “We are bringing vehicle parts worth almost a billion naira into the country and should come in by the end of June or early July, so that we can fix all the buses that are down.

“We want to put more buses on the road and make people’s lives easier as we have over 200 buses on the road now.

“We believe that probably by July or August, we will have over 300-350 buses on the road daily because, by then, the parts will have come in for us to fix buses.

“We are working to provide a world class transport service, the main reason we were set up, and we will provide that world class service. We will do everything in out power to ensure that we provide the world class service to the commuters”.

He called for commuters’ patience and cooperation, as the firm was working assiduously to reduce the waiting time to less than between 10 to 15 minutes at bus shelters.

“I know waiting at the bus shelter for an hour or more to board a bus can be very disappointing, especially when you are going to work; but we are working to reduce the waiting time to less than between 10 to 15 minutes.

“We are working on this and doing everything humanly possible to ensure that we satisfy the yearnings and aspirations of our commuters,” Tinubu added. (NAN)

18-Month Struggle Of The Blind Shepherd Of Damaturu

By Hamisu Kabir Matazu

The story of Sharif Gadi, a blind shepherd in Damaturu, written by Kanem Trust was so emotional that it attracted some good Samaritans to contribute a flock of sheep to change his life.

Gadi, who lives in Maisandari, a suburb of Damaturu, the state capital of Yobe, tends flock of sheep and goats at a far-off bush every day.

It’s strange for visitors to see a blind man controlling a large herd but, for Gadi, it’s a hobby from childhood that later turned into a source of livelihood.

From the last time that Kanem Trust visited Gadi – 18 months ago – there were lot of changes in his life but his instinct, talent, and the skill he uses to tend his flock remained constant.

Every day, this blind shepherd collects at least 500 sheep and goats at the doorsteps of their owners, who pay him N50 per head, weekly, to guide them to the meadow.

Gadi treks a distance of at least 3km to seek pasture for their flocks daily. A business he has been doing for more than a decade without a single animal called his own.

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Reading about his plight, a CEO of Abuja-based company and another anonymous person contributed a flock of 10 sheep to Gadi – two rams and eight ewes. It was his prayer to have a herd of his own.

For Gadi and his family, his prayer was answered, because his dream from childhood was to have animals of his own.

His elder brother, Aisami Kachalla, told our correspondent that, at the age of six, Gadi use to tie rags and nylons to toy around as flock.

“It’s his dream to be a herdsman, he pursued it the hard way. I’m very happy that God has made his dream possible by sending good people that help him own his flock,” he said.

The last time this reporter visited Gadi, in the same compound where he kept his herd, fowls and pigeons were also there. He said they are an extra source of income for him.

“I always feed these birds before leaving for the bush,” he told me Feed, drugs became problem Gadi, who spoke to our correspondent in a low tone said he was very happy when he received the flock, thinking that all his problems were solved until two months later when the feed brought with the animals finish.

“The good Samaritans brought 10 sheep with bags of feeds, and it was so very easy for me at the start. Two months later, all the donated feed finished and I started using my saving to buy. At a point, I had nothing left to buy.”

He said, at that time, it was rampaging dry season in Damaturu and the entire northeast, “the scanty remain of the dried grasses in the bush will not satisfy them, so whenever we returned home, I must look for feed to supplement it”.

Dry season in the most northeastern part of the country normally commences around October spanning through May in the succeeding year is characterized by absolute dryness, a most trying period for herders as they usually find it extremely difficult to feed their livestock.

The season is the most feared period among livestock rearers including Gadi as it is one of the major factors that is inducing malnutrition among animals.

Visiting the meadow where Gadi tends his animals at this time, what is clearly visible on the grazing land are abundant shrubs and scantly remains of dried grasses.

And a strange disease struck again, Gadi had to battle with a strange disease that took away his herd. Though he was not discouraged, it was a fresh challenge for him to contend with.

“I started very well when the flock was donated to me. All the six ewes got pregnant before disease struck. Two gave birth to twins, each, but later died together with the lambs. I also sold one sheep to cure and feed the remaining two.

“Before the disaster, I slaughtered one ram as sacrifice for last Eid-el-Kabir, so I’m now left with only two,” he said.

Gadi said the strange disease struck when the rainy season set in and, gradually, the animals fall sick and started dying.

“We tried all the traditional methods to save them but they kept getting weak on the daily basis. We later engaged a veterinary doctor to no avail. It’s not easy seeing your life’s hope slipped away” he added.

He said, after the disease took away his herd, he submitted everything to God and concentrated on the business of tending people’s herds.

“As God has it, the person who gave me seven sheep learnt about my predicament and sent me another four.

That actually renewed my hope and I now have five pregnant ewes but feeding them around this season is very difficult,” he said.

Gadi said that keeping goats is easier ] in terms of feeding, “Goat picks food even on the street and moves on but sheep needs to be fed properly before it reproduces well”.

When contacted, a veterinary doctor, Aisha Abubakar, said it might not likely be a strange disease that killed the sheep.

“You see, at the beginning of the rainy season, fresh grasses will germinate, the starving animals will graze on it combine with the soil. Eating that soil is always dangerous to the animals.

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“We always advise herders to sell a portion of their livestock and buy feed for the remaining ones to avoid losing them all. Because, once an animal is starving, it will eat anything that comes handy,” she added.

– How Gadi’s employers shortchange him To earn more money for his animal feed, Gadi collects more sheep and goats from owners in the society but most of them default in paying the N50 per sheep, weekly.

He said, sometimes, the animal owners will wait for him outside the town and sneak in their flock to avoid payment.

“They think that I wouldn’t know. Yes, I’m blind but I can identify each and every sheep and goat when it bleats.

“Sometimes, owners are surprised when I approach them on why they sneaked in their herd. They will promise to pay but they would not.

“It’s always very sad when they come to disturb me that their goat or sheep didn’t return home, as if I sold them. This pains me more than anything.

“At times their ram will chase other people’s sheep and I must go and get it for them. If you don’t have the map and the knowledge of herders that operate in the bush, how will you start looking it?

“Sometime I will trek 3km inside the bush to get the animal from Fulani settlement. Yet, they will not pay me.

When this reporter asked Gadi, whether he will abandon the herding if the government or a philanthropist decides to enroll him in school, he said, “I don’t think that will be possible, this business is what I wanted to do and I’m not going to give up on it”.

Our PWDs Need Affordable, Inclusive And Accessible Health Services: Lois Auta tells NASS

Members of the Nigerian Senate and House of Representatives have been called upon by the CEO and Founder, Cedar Seed Foundation on the need to pass legislation that would guarantee Persons with Disabilities affordable, inclusive and accessible health services in Nigeria.

Lois Auta-Udonkanta made this charge at a joint public hearing organized by chairman of the house committee on healthcare and communicable diseases, Senator Chukwuka Utazi on Thursday.

In a statement shared on social media, Auta-Udonkanta said she told the joint NASS: “We want to see affordable, inclusive and accessible health services for Persons with Disabilities in Nigeria”.

Udonkanta also expressed her desire to sponsor other bills on behalf of Persons with Disabilities in the nearest foreseeable future.

Meanwhile, she thanked all who made the public hearing possible.

A-TIPSOM Project: NNAD Visits FIIAPP, Holds Discussion On Modalities for Capacity Building Training For Members

The Nigerian National Association of the Deaf, NNAD, has met with the International Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP) to discuss modalities for facilitating a capacity building workshop for its members under the aegis of an EU funded project tagged A-TIPSOM (Action against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants).

The training is centered on prevention of Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants, including Deaf persons.

This statement, coming from the NNAD headquarters, was disclosed by the National Vice President, Haruna Tsafe. Mr Tsafe said the visit was a follow-up to NNAD’s visit in February during which an agreement was reached with FIIAPP to train NNAD National Executives. The training will be later extended to Zonal and State levels as a strategy to curb the menace of human trafficking and smuggling.

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The Deaf headquarters announced it has also come up with new plans on creating awareness for future events. This, it promised will be incorporated into the Deaf Youth Summit and Annual General Meeting, AGM.

The visit, according to Vice President Tsafe, yielded positive results. Implementation will start anytime soon. Also, a detailed information on the program will be made public as soon as the dates are fixed.

Among the visiting Executives were National President, Hon. Chidi Olujie, Vice president, Haruna Tsafe, Youth Leader, Ebuka Okeke, interpreter, Hannah Adediran Olayinka and Mr. Joseph O. Sanwo, Project Officer (Prevention and Awareness Creation) representing FIAPP, Spanish Foundation.

Empowerment: Delta begins training of 1,000 STEP beneficiaries

IN pursuance of its commitment to training Delta youths into becoming Entrepreneurs, Business Owners, Job and Wealth Creators, the State Government has engaged 1,000 unemployed youths in its 2020/2021 Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme, STEP and Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme, YAGEP.

Speaking during the Orientation and Personal Effectiveness Training, OPET held for enrollees into STEP in Asaba, the Chief Job and Wealth Creation Officer of the Delta State Job and Wealth Creation Bureau, Prof Eric Eboh, said the vision of the Bureau was to train, equip, empower and support youths in occupational skills and entrepreneurship development for self-employment and wealth creation.

Eboh noted that the overall goal was to leave a lasting legacy of a new generation of youth entrepreneurs who were well-motivated, highly inspired, properly skilled and adequately enabled for self-employment, adding that over 5,000 youths have been trained and established in their choice enterprises, either vocational skills or agricultural enterprises, in the past five and half years of the Okowa-led administration.

He disclosed that 1,000 youths were being engaged in the 2020/2021 STEP/YAGEP Cycle, with STEP targeting 600 beneficiaries and YAGEP 400, adding that; “training is very important. Any opportunity you have to be trained, use it. Empowerment is about developing yourself and accepting responsibility.

“The 2020/2021 STEP enterprises include Welding and Fabrication with eight months training duration; Fashion Design and Tailoring (seven months); Tiling and Interlocking (six months); Electrical Installation and Solar Works (eight months); Catering and Confectionery (four months); Hairdressing and Braiding (four months)Audio-Visual services (four months); PoP, Painting and Screed-Making (for months).”

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Listing quality, discipline and integrity as the hallmark of the high success rate recorded in the programme, he said that everyone desired to be part of the programme because of the quality of the job creation brand.

He said the essence of the workshop was to give the trainees the right mindset to impact in them the skills, the virtue and the attributes that would make them succeed in the training programme under the STEP initiative of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.

Eboh said: “The quality of the training and the support package is superb. It is an organized programme. The training manual is available both to the trainers and the trainees, that is the quality that the job creation programme represents. Discipline is another reason for its attractiveness. We do not condone indiscipline. If you do not have time for this programme, you will be shown the way out.

“Personal effectiveness is the most important elements for success in the training programme and what we impact in the trainees is that they cannot succeed as an entrepreneur if they are not personally effective.”

In his lecture titled: “The Role and Activities of Directorate of Youth Monitoring and Mentoring in Relation to STEP Trainees,” the Executive Assistant to the Governor on Youth Monitoring and Mentoring (DYMM), Mr Edward Mekwunye, said the mandate of DYMM was to sustain the success recorded in the programme over the years.

In their separate remarks, the Senior Special Assistants to the Governor on Job and Wealth Creation in the bureau, Mr Tony Omonemu, Mr Leonard Esegbue, Mr Emmanuel Osazuwa and Mr Frank Ebikefe told the beneficiaries to make the training count in their lives have been among the few 600 enrollees who made it into the programme out of the over 23,000 that applied for the programme.

Breaking: Ibom Air Denies Deaf Passenger Board As Victim Vows To Initiate Court Action.

Ibom Air, an airline owned by the Akwa Ibom State Government has barred a prominent PWD, Hon. Chidi Topaz Olujie, from its flight, citing deafness as reason.

Mr Chidi Olujie (Deaf) is the National President, Nigerian National Association of the Deaf, NNAD. He disclosed the unsavoury incident in a chat with INN correspondent.

According to him, the airline stopped him from checking-in upon getting to the airport around 1pm this afternoon. This was after he had purchased his ticket online and the only reason given was his disability..

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In his words, “Last year, I and some six other Deaf colleagues encountered this problem while flying to Lagos from Uyo on Ibom air.

“They blocked us saying that their policy disallows Deaf persons from flying unless they are accompanied by hearing companions. We had some serious exchange of words with an employee named Victoria. However, she later apologized and they promised to change their policy.

A repeat of such incident happened again today after Olujie purchased a flight ticket online, only to be barred from flying upon arriving at the airport.

The embattled president show INN the discriminatory message shown to him by the airline during the incident. It reads: “Ibom Air would really love to fly you but you would need to travel accompanied. This is in line with civil aviation regulations as you would need to be informed at every point especially in case of any emergencies in flight. We sincerely apologize, sir”. The Airline said.

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Chidi Olujie, who happens to have a good travel history both within and outside of Nigeria unaccompanied says this is the highest form of discrimination he has encountered in his over 30 years experience as a PWD and Disability advocate made it clear he wouldn’t take such lightly.

According to him, due to their unprofessionalism and discriminatory policies, he missed a very important business meeting and by the time he was able to book a ticket with another airline, he was already late for the meeting. He vowed to take the matter to court of law to serve as deterrent to other airlines who would discriminate against a Deaf Nigerian or any other PWD cluster.

“As a disability advocate and a leader for Deaf people in Nigeria, I am going to take this matter to the courts of Law so no Deaf Nigerian ever experiences this form of discrimination again!” he reiterated.

Photos of the text messages and the 2020 and 2021 payment tickets: