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Web Analytic reports for the month of February 2018

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below also present our web traffic and analytic report for the ongoing month of March with dates;

Ongoing daily Web Analytic reports for the month of March 2018

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Curtailing Street Begging: IKWDDA Seeks Dividends Of Full Inclusion For Deaf Community

Ikorodu West Deaf Development Association (IKWDDA) has urged Non-Governmental Organizations, Government Parastals and House of Assembly members within the Ikorodu metropolis to recognize, and fully include the Deaf Community within the Local Government in the various empowerment, employment and development activities in order to discourage the obnoxious act of street begging among them and other PWDs within the community.

The group heaped praises on the Local Council Development Area’s, erstwhile chairperson, Hon. Princess Jumoke Ademinhe. Also commended was the APC party in Ikorodu West LCDA, as well as the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Ikorodu West district for recognizing the Association.

The group went on to task them to collaborate with the Lagos East Senator, Hon. Tokunbo Abiru, who promised to champion the cause of empowerment for Persons with Disabilities if elected in one of his campaign promises last year.

Chairman of IKWDDA, Mr. Kuku Tosin made the charge in a press conference organized yesterday at Ikorodu West LCDA hall in Agric, Ikorodu.

According to him, part of organising the press conference was to shed more light on why Ikorodu West Deaf Development Association deserves equal recognition and rights.

He listed some challenges faced by the Association, insisting that some organizations don’t seem to understand the implications of breaking the Lagos State Special People’s law and National Disability Act, both of which have passed into law.

Kuku appealed to well meaning Nigerians in the community to join hands in advocating for the rights of persons with Disability in the divisions to ensure full recognition.

In his words, “We want Ikorodu West LCDA to include persons with disabilities in it’s budget, especially those who are registered with the LCDA.”

The group also demanded provision of Sign Language interpreters on television stations, in hospital, offices, etc to enhance accessible communication for the Deaf community. Meanwhile, the group sent congratulatory messages to all elected members in the July 24 Local government/LCDA elections.

Council Manager, Ikorodu West LCDA, Mr. Oladipo Abiodun Ofinwa was represented by Mr. Omoteji, Shakirudeen, head of administration/human resources at the press conference. He assured that the local government will look into some of the Associations’ needs and make efforts to meet them with time.

He added that the local government is open to people with disabilities anytime, anyday.

Head of department, (Agriculture/Community Development Services) Ikorodu West, Mr. Agbolade Abubakar spoke on carrying everyone along. He noted that the former chairperson has done alot in taking care of the Association while reiterating belief that the new administration will take the same steps in ensuring that the Deaf Community enjoys better services.

In conclusion, the National Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN, Ikorodu West coordinator, Asoro Abubakar urged Government Parastals and different bodies to carry the Deaf Community and PWDs along in their programme activities to discourage street begging.

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How 10,000 Needy, PWDs Shared 1,017 Cows, Goats, Rams During 2021 Sallah

By Risikat Ramoni

A total of 10,000 needy Muslims in 21 states including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja benefitted from the distribution of rams, cows and goats meat during the recently concluded Eid-ul-kabir celebrations.

942 rams, 50 cows and 25 goats were slaughtered and distributed to the less privileged who could not afford to mark the yearly festivity with a portion of meat.

The beneficiaries include; indigent persons, widows, persons with disabilities, families headed by women, among others.

The distribution of sacrificial animals tagged Eid-al-Adha Qurbani Project, which was organized for the first time in the country, was organized by a United Kingdom-based charity organization, Human Appeal in partnership with Nigeria’s Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation (ZSF).

Of all the States who received the donations, Lagos state residents had the largest share in the Southwest region (Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti).

Other geopolitical zones such as North-central (Kwara, Nassarawa, Niger, Kogi, Benue and Abuja); South-south (Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Edo and Delta); Southeast (Abia, Enugu and Ebonyi); core North (Zamfara, Kaduna) were also included in the disbursement.

According to the Project Officer, Qurbani Nigeria, Mallam Musbaudeen Ismail, the project was a success due to the collaborative efforts of administrative officers and volunteers.

“It was mandated that for each area, there must be a coordinating team between seven and 10 for efficiency, effectiveness and easy coordination,” he stated.

Explaining the criteria for selection of beneficiaries, Ismail noted, “They must be persons who are indigent, elderly, disabled, as well as people who may just come around to ask for it where the distribution is ongoing. Islam recognizes that also. In most cases, however, we have selection of beneficiaries ahead of time. Five days to the Eid, beneficiaries were selected; and two days to Eid, each beneficiary were given a ticket used to collect the meat on the day fixed because three days are used for the distribution. It began on the day of Eid through to the second and third day. After the selection, they were notified of the venue and time of distribution.”

The Director of ZSF, Prince Sulaiman Olagunju, hinted his organization has been slaughtering and distributing to Muslims during Sallah for more than 10 years.

By standard, a cow is shared to 45 beneficiaries; a goat to five beneficiaries; and a ram to seven beneficiaries.

Olagunju, however, added, “That format is what we sent to our agents. But you know, some rams are bigger than others. I’ve gotten information from certain places that some rams were shared among seven, eight persons more than our own projection; and some cows not reaching 48 persons, but around 38, 40 persons.”

Women With Disability Decry Worsening Insecurity

A non-governmental organisation, Network for Women with Disability, (NDW), has lamented the challenges faced by its members over the worsening insecurity in the country.

The coordinator of the NDW in Enugu State, Mrs Jacinta Udeinya, made the call while briefing journalists in Enugu on Wednesday.

According to her, we are tired of the high level of bloodletting, kidnapping and sexual abuse of innocent citizens in country.

“During the EndSARS protest in 2020, some of our members were harassed, robbed or sexually abused during the period.

“We however, commend the federal and the Enugu state government for the efforts made so far to make the country better.

“We plead with the government to look into insecurity in Nigeria, as it affects everyone, particularly women with disability.

Read Also: People with disabilities protest insecurity, sues for peace in South-East

“Persons without disability finds it difficult to save themselves let alone persons or women with disability.

“We beg the government to save us, help us, hear our cries and voices to reduce this insecurity in our country,” Udeinya added.

The coordinator of Albino Foundation in the state, Mrs Nonye Ogbuagu, regretted that the state was no longer safe for the residents, thus disturbing the peace of the state.

Ogbuagu hinted that women were mostly affected by the insecurity, as they lost their husbands, brothers and sometimes their children, a development that made them become breadwinners in their families.

Also contributing, a member of the Spinal Cord Association, Miss Christiana Ochi, asked the federal and the state government to be proactive in security matters.

She urged the government to seek for external security to enable them defeat the insecurity in the nation.

(NAN)

Addressing learning challenges of special children

Experts, parents and stakeholders have decried the lack of early intervention centres and assistive technology for intellectually-challenged children–those with autism, cerebral palsy and other learning difficulties, reports DAMOLA KOLA-DARE.

Anthony Kupe was born with a genetic disorder. His development was not like that of his peers. He was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that affect movement and muscle tone or posture. It is caused by damage that occurs to the brain as it develops, most often before birth).

Despite his condition, he graduated from the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), where he studied Business Administration. He is a graphic designer and runs a foundation (Anthony Kupe Foundation) devoted to people with similar disabilities.

“During my early days in school, my peers didn’t want to associate with me because they thought they were better than me. I told them my results would determine. Truly, I performed better than some of them,” he said at an event where he distributed cerebral palsy chairs to school children with the condition.

An expert, Jumoke Otitoloju, who runs a non- governmental organisation dedicated to special needs children, said intellectually-challenged people did not have dead brains.

She said their condition didn’t mean they have low Intelligence Quotient (IQ).

But those with low IQ can learn effectively if the right gadgets are available.

“Children with intellectual disability can learn effectively, with technology. Their condition doesn’t mean their IQ is low. Those with low IQ, between 40 and 50 per cent can learn effectively with pictures and sounds,” she said.

Assistive technology: a challenge

Otitoju, however, noted that accessing assistive technology and learning facilities was a major challenge.

“The major problem is accessing learning facilities and technological aids. We don’t really have them in the country. With assistive technology, special needs children can function very well. They can even take part in online classes. There are various apps that can help them to learn, picture applications and all that. But getting gadgets like laptops, iPads and all is a herculean task.”

She also said a device, Virtual Reality Box (VRB), helped special children to learn effectively. She noted that it brought to them the classroom experience, but it was not common.

” We have the VRB which aids effective learning for special children. It is used with a memory card and plugged to a phone. It is a headset which looks like a microscope for viewing. For instance, if you want to teach Mathematics, the memory card to be inserted in the device would have Maths content. Once it is plugged to a phone, children can learn the subject. It is not common. It is mostly used for autistic children,” she said.

Inadequate support for special needs children

While Nigeria’s National Policy on Education advocates inclusive and free education for people with special needs, training of special education teachers, regular census and monitoring of people with special needs for adequate educational provision, experts said government had not really addressed the issue. They also noted that even if there were laws mandating schools to put inclusive education in practice, the scarcity of instructional materials, understaffed schools and overpopulated classrooms would make the policy less effective.

A report on inclusive education by the World Bank and the Global Partnership for Education noted that though literacy among children with learning disabilities has increased globally, the children are still excluded from educational policies and lag behind their peers. The study, conducted in 19 middle-and low-income countries, stated that three in 10 children with disabilities have never been enrolled in school and just about half of those who enrol complete primary school.

A parent, who pleaded anonymity, told The Nation that children with intellectual disability were not getting the needed support.

She said: “When talking about children with disability, perhaps all we see are those with visual impairment, those with missing limbs, spinal cord injury which mostly are results of ghastly road accidents and bad surgeries. But, if we are able to take care of the psychological aspects of these challenges, the children are able to learn normally. Even if government distributes wheel chairs, it is useful for people who have control over their upper body. Proper medication, therapies and requirements for daily living are deserving of attention.”

Special needs education expensive

Mrs. Adesola Adediran, head of School, Soundhope Montessori School, Baruwa, Lagos, said special needs education was capital intensive for all involved. Training for staff and internationally-recognised certifications don’t come cheap.

She noted that the fees for specialised schools were very high.

She said: “Not many families can afford specialised schools. A term at the Patrick Speech and Language Centre, for example, costs about N500,000. That is impossible for average parents in the country.

‘’That is a problem for most families. Some would not even enrol their wards in school.”

Inclusive education vital

Otitoloju doesn’t believe in specialised schools. She wants special needs children to attend the same schools with other children.

“I am an advocate of inclusion. I don’t believe in specialised schools. Children have the ability to learn from each other easily. So, when we mix children with intellectual disability with those are normal,they learn from them. They easily form relationship. Since they are young, they don’t discriminate. Participation should be encouraged among all children so that when they grow, they won’t feel inadequate. Even those without disability have their own weaknesses,” she said.

Parents urged to embrace educational technology

An advanced autism specialist and special education consultant, Helen Obiageli Oshikoya, urged parents to embrace educational technology. Embracing technology would be a challenge for special needs children.

She noted that special children could not engage with online learning because most parents did not have professional training to administer online learning. She said they did not have time to stay long enough with their children to help them achieve effective learning.

Her words: ” This is a herculean task for special needs children, it is not insurmountable. It will require that parents painstakingly work with their children ahead of class Though the harsh economic realities may result in parents having reduced time to spend with kids. Once parents are more involved, they will be effective in encouraging children with special needs to learn.”

Enabling environment needed

Otitoloju wants an enabling environment for special needs children, among other things.

“An enabling environment should be created for intellectually-challenged children. Some children with intellectual disability have mobility problems. Do they have wheel chairs to move around? What are the provisions made for them?Are there enough technological aids like VRB, iPads and all to assist them in learning? Someone who has good access to the classroom would be ready to learn,” she said.

Way forward

Adediran wants government and private sector to collaborate to establish intervention centres for such children to reach their potential.

“Government and private sector should create early intervention centres to cater for special needs children in the country. There are special schools for the deaf, the blind and those with other disabilities, but only private people are running schools for children with learning difficulties, cerebral palsy and other mental conditions that can affect learning process in children.”

She also canvassed for training of teachers in main stream schools to manage the children.

“Teachers should be trained to manage the children. Government should recognise that there is a problem, and work to solve it for children to realise their potentials. We have heard stories of many of them who have exhibited rare talents and known world wide,” she said.

We’ll increase education budget by 50% over two years – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged to increase the budget for the education sector by as much as 50 per cent over the next two years.

He made the assurance in London, United Kingdom, in a document entitled, “Heads Of State Call To Action On Education Financing Ahead Of The Global Education Summit,” signed as a form of commitment at the ongoing summit in London.

“We commit to progressively increase our annual domestic education expenditure by 50 per cent over the next two years and up to 100 per cent by 2025 beyond the 20 per cent global benchmark,” he stated.

Co-hosted by the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and the Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta, the summit seeks to give opportunity for leaders to make five-year pledges to support GPE’s work to help transform education systems in over 90 countries and territories.

As part of the heads of state from the GPE partner countries, President Buhari is to join his counterparts from four other African nations to brainstorm on the way forward for transforming education outcomes.

Other African leaders expected to participate are Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana; Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya; Lazarus Chakwera, President of Malawi and Faure Gnassingbé, President of Togo.

Obi donates N5million, laptops to PWDs to mark his 60th birthday

The vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general election, Mr. Peter Obi, has donated N5million to the Rehabilitation Centre for Disabled, Old and Tramps (RECDOT), Ozubulu, as part of the activities to mark his 60th birthday.

He also equipped the computer laboratory of RECDOT Comprehensive Secondary School, Ozubulu.

Obi, who visited RECDOT Family and RECDOT Secondary School, said it was more fulfilling for him to celebrate his birthday with the downtrodden and the poor people.

He said it would do neither him nor the society any good, if he lavished huge amount of money on exotic celebrations, when people were hungry on the streets.

“Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t organise parties. How can I be drinking expensive champagnes in Abuja when millions of youths are roaming the streets hungry and unemployed? I would rather invest whatever money I have in making our society better by building schools, upgrading hospitals and lifting people out of poverty. That to me, is more rewarding and fulfilling,” Obi said.

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Handing over the cheque of N5million to RECDOT Centre and 10 laptops, two printers and a generator to Recdot Comprehensive Secondary School, Obi encouraged their founder, Mrs. Rosemary Odunukwe, to keep up her good work.

Addressing the students, Obi encouraged them to take their education seriously, for it remains a pathway to greatness.

He said education remains the greatest contributor to national development and urged the students not to take it lightly.

Mrs. Odunukwe said Obi has always come to their aid and usually contributed to their welfare. She prayed God to bless him.

Obi, who celebrated the mass of thanksgiving to commemorate his birthday at the centre, was accompanied by Prof. Chinyere Stella Okunna and Dr. Patrick Obi.

SSA Lauds Fayemi For Constituting Governing Board Of Ekiti State Agency For Persons With Disabilities

The Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Governor Kayode Fayemi on Disability Matters, Mr Tunde Ogunrinde has praised the Governor of the State for appointing a governing board for Ekiti State Agency for Persons with Disabilities.

He revealed his admiration for the Governor in an interview with Inclusive News Network after news of the appointment reached him on Monday.

Read Also: CCD commends Gov. Fayemi as Ekiti passes Disability law, appoints SSA on Disability Matters

‘I want to thank Governor Fayemi for making good his promise to constitute a Governing board for the Office of Disability Affairs’, an elated Ogunrinde said.

Continuing, the SSA remarked that in the whole of South West Nigeria, only Lagos State has come close to what the Ekiti State Government has achieved in the Disability Community within the space of 2 years.”

“Osun, Ogun, and Ondo States do not even have a disability agency, not to talk of a PWD representative in the Government.”

Ogunrinde went on to urge Persons with Disabilities to be patient with the government as all their problems will be addressed through the newly constituted governing board.

Ekiti State Agency For Persons with Disabilities Chairman, Mr. Akin Obanise

The newly appointed governing board of the Ekiti State Agency for Persons with Disabilities are: Chairman – Akin Obanise (Physically challenged), members include: Adetuase Emmanuel (blind), Mr Ogunbiyi Azeez (Person With Albinism), Mrs Bukola Fakunle (Deaf).

We Will Expedite Passage Of Edo State Disability Bill – SSG

Secretary to the Edo State Government, Barr. Osarodion Ogie has stated the readiness of the State Government to fast track passage of the State’s Disability Bill through the house of Assembly.

Barrister Ogie said this during an advocacy visit to his office by the Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD), Edo State Chapter.

Earlier in her address, the State JONAPWD chairman, Ann Ojugo emphasized the importance of recognizing the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Read Also: I Will Ensure Disability Bill is Passed and Domesticated in Edo – Ann Ojugo

She pointed out that lack of laws protecting PWDs have led to denial of opportunities and violation of human dignity.

Ojugo added that PWDs can’t access public infrastructures and the negative attitude of people toward PWDs have both affected their self esteem and deprived them of economic, social and political opportunities.

She stressed that if the State’s effort towards poverty reduction would be achieved, then a Disability law should be enacted as that remains the first step towards achievement.

“PWDs are the poorest of the poor so whatever measures would enhance their productivity is an effort to reduce poverty.” She said.

Sexual violence: Women with disabilities are most vulnerable – Edo JONAPWD

Chairperson of Edo state chapter of Joint National Association of Persons With Disabilities (JONAPWD), Ann Ojugo said women with disabilities are “more” vulnerable to sexual violence in Nigeria.

Ojugo who stated this on Tuesday at a workshop organized by Rule of Law and Anti Corruption (ROLAC) for women with disabilities on the services available at Vivian Centre, in Benin city noted that the centre was established by the state government to address it.

According to the Edo JONAPWD chairperson, “women with disabilities are more vulnerable to sexual assault, domestic assault, violence and discrimination.

“what I am saying, I saying it from experience, alongside others here, which we don’t know before now that there is a place we can go for respite.”

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The state coordinator of ROLAC, Melissa Omene explained that her organization and JONAPWD observed a gap in the awareness strategy being executed at the Vivian Centre, hence the programme to inform members of the disability community.

Omene maintained that “it is very important that all our women have access to health care services, psychosocial support and legal services”, adding that in Nigeria, “the prevalence rate of sexual and gender base violence remain high.”

On her part, permanent secretary of ministry of social development and gender issues, Dorcas Idehen said gender base violence is a violation of human rights.

The permanent secretary, represented by the director of rehabilitation services in the ministry, Okoeguale Sylvester noted that the state government “is working assiduously to change the attitude of persons who perpetuate such violence towards girls and women in the society.”

Read Also: COVID-19: Relief As JONAPWD In Edo Donates N400,000 To 80 Members

Cordinator of the centre, Dr Egbe Enobakhare however gave an overview of services available at the Vivian Centre, while a social worker with the ministry of social development and gender issues, Uwaila Omorogbe took participants on the meaning of psychosocial support and its usefulness.

They charged the participants drawn from across the three senatorial district of the state to report cases of abuse and violence even when they or their family members are not directly affected.

According to them, the Toll-free number to call to report any case is 08002002020. Others are 08054461139 and 07046055026.

Highpoint of the workshop was group discussions on how to ensure women and children have access to the centre, chaired by the JONAPWD chairperson who is a member of the state’s government violence against persons management committee.

85 million Nigerians may lose their jobs – Minister

Minister of State for Science and Technology, Mohammed Abdullahi

By KUNI TYESSI

The Minister of State for Science and Technology, Mr. Mohammed Abdullahi, has disclosed that 85 million Nigerians are on the verge to lose their jobs due to lack of digital knowledge and skills.

The Minister stated this yesterday as the special guest of honour at the launch of the Generation Unlimited Nigeria, a global platform bringing together government, multi-sectorial institutions, private sector and young people with the aim to support 20 million young Nigerians within the ages of 10 to 24, and 35 years to get jobs by 2030.

Abdullahi said the ministry is leveraging on existing structures at its disposal with a mission to incubate young people and get them ready for the labour market.

According to him, “85 million people are about to lose their jobs due to lack of digital knowledge and skills. As a ministry, we’re leveraging on TVET as a means of getting the youths employed, and we are ready for to partner the UNICEF.”

In the vein, Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, who was also a special guest of honor at the occasion, lamented that one key issue affecting Nigerian youths in skills acquisition is the Nigerian university curriculum, which he said was no longer relevant to present realities, and has continued to graduate unemployable youths without skills.

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Ganduje stated that in embracing the digital future through skills acquisition, the sum of N7 billion has been spent in building skills acquisition centre in the state, ‘which was based on research that can make youths self-employed’.

He said moving forward, the state government has been able to identify 20 different skills, and “we are graduating thousands of youths who are being employed and are entrepreneurs too.”

The governors added that as the most populous state in the country based on the last census, the state government has invested so much in education and has benefitted not less than N3 billion as counterpart funding from the federal government through the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).

In his remark, the Chief Executive Officer of Generation Unlimited, Mr. Kevin Frey, said if young people have the right skills, 1.8 billion people around the globe would be positively affected.

He said already, 100 million people have been employed globally in 47 countries in the three years of the existence of Generation Unlimited which started in 2018.

The initiative, which runs in different countries around the world, has partners and supporters which include the Office of the Nigerian vice-president; UNICEF, Tony Elumelu Foundation, World Bank, USAID, Airtel, Jobberman, ILO and many others.

Global Education Summit: Sightsavers, Others Urge Government To Make Clear Policy Commitment For Children With Disability

The Government of Nigeria is being urged to ensure that children with disabilities are not left out of upcoming global education commitments and make clear policy commitment for education of these children.

Nigeria has the greatest number of children out of school in the world – approximately 10 million. Most of these children aren’t in school because of barriers relating to poverty, gender and disability, and their situation has been worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A letter from campaigners, including Sightsavers Nigeria and several organisations of persons with disabilities, has been sent to the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu. It urges him to make clear policy commitments for children with disabilities ahead of the Global Education Summit in London this 28-29 July. At the Summit global leaders will be making five-year pledges to fund the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). This Summit has the potential to transform the lives of millions of children.

Zaliha, a student with a disability, explained what inclusive education means to her: “At school I meet new friends and I learn new things, so I know what life is about. If I would have stayed home without going to school, I wouldn’t have known these things. I am calling on the government to help us because there are many girls with disabilities, like me, who would love to be in school, but their parents can’t afford tuition.”

In recent years the government has made slight significant investments to make Nigeria’s education system more inclusive and accessible, but more needs to be done to reach children with disabilities, particularly girls, who are being left behind.

Read Also: Sightsavers Nigeria engages top government officials on disability inclusion

Sightsavers’ Country Director for Nigeria, Dr Sunday Isiyaku, said: “Ahead of the Global Education Summit, I would like to advocate to the government of Nigeria and civil society organizations to make a strong policy commitment towards social inclusion, specifically on inclusive education. Nigeria is one of the countries with the highest number of out-of-school children in the world thus we need strong commitment on policy change and more funding to ensure all learners with disabilities have access to equitable, quality and accessible learning environment”.

Alongside the opportunity for Nigeria to support the joint Heads of States and Government statement led by co-host, President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, and make the required financial commitment to the GPE, there is also an opportunity for all countries to make additional policy commitments by Friday 9 July.

To support Sightsavers’ letter, Programme and Administration Manager at Hope for the Handicapped Persons Foundation, Monday Ojonugwa Okwoli, has said: “Inclusive education for all learners with or without disability is a vital way to fully integrate persons with disability into the mainstream economy. This ensures equal opportunity and a level playing ground, as well as a sustainable and inclusive future for all”.

Executive Director of Women with Disability Self Reliance Foundation, Risikat Toyin Mohammed, has added: “Access to inclusive education is access to justice. A world with inclusive education policies is a world without poverty. An inclusive education government is a government for everybody, leaving no one behind. Disability shouldn’t be a barrier to a quality and accessible education.”

The letter is part of Sightsavers’ ‘Equal World’ campaign which is calling on each participating government at the Global Education Summit to commit to children with disabilities benefitting from good, quality and accessible education.

CVR: INEC Records 12,274 PWDs in Over 1 million Voter Registrations

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it has registered 12,274 people with disabilities out of over one million registrants in it’s online voter registration exercise.

The exercise, which officially launched on 28 June, clocked a month on Monday as the commission revealed it now has 1,006,661 registrants.

INEC spokesperson, Festus Okoye noted that the commission has also kicked off the physical or in-person registration in its 811 offices across Nigeria.

According to him, “The exact locations of the designated centres have already been uploaded to our website and social media platforms. For further details, citizens are encouraged to contact our state offices through the dedicated telephone numbers provided in the uploaded publication.

“Nigerians who pre-registered online can now complete their registration at those centres based on scheduled appointments. In addition, other Nigerians who prefer to register physically/in-person can now do so at those centres,” Mr Okoye said in a statement in Abuja.

He added that both the online and physical registration by the INEC will continue until the suspension of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise on 30 June, 2022.

Read Also: CVR: INEC Records 6,558 Indicated PWDs In Nigeria

This, the commission’s spokesperson said, will help to clean up the data and compile the voters’ register for the 2023 General Election.

As revealed in the INEC data available to newsmen, not less than 740,063 of the recorded registrants are Nigerian youth between the ages of 18 and 34. This translates to 73.5% of the total figures recorded by the electoral body in the last four weeks.

The people between the ages of 35 and 49 account for 278, 042 while elderly between the ages of 50 and 69 are 102,578.

Only 14,712 people in their 70s and above registered online for transfers, replacement of PVCs , among other things.

For the fourth week in a row, Osun recorded the highest number of PVC registrants as 259,450 persons from the state registered at the end of fourth week.

Edo and Anambra came far behind Osun with 98,286 and 65,014 registrants while 63,250 persons from Bayelsa registered through INEC online portal in the last four weeks.

Tokyo Olympics: Paralympians To Get Equal Pay As Olympians For Medals Won

The Tokyo Olympics mark the first Olympic Games in which Paralympic medalists will earn the same pay as their Olympic counterparts.

The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee announced the change months after the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Though 2018 Paralympic athletes who won medals received retroactive pay increases following the decision, the Tokyo Games will be the first Olympics to implement the pay parity from the get-go.

The delayed 2020 Olympics kicked off Friday and are scheduled to conclude Aug. 8 with the Paralympics slated to begin Aug. 25 and wrap up Sept. 5.

“Paralympians are an integral part of our athlete community and we need to ensure we’re appropriately rewarding their accomplishments,” USOPC Committee CEO Sarah Hirshland said in 2018 when the announcement was first made.

“Our financial investment in U.S. Paralympics and the athletes we serve is at an all-time high, but this was one area where a discrepancy existed in our funding model that we felt needed to change,” she added.

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Athletes will now receive $37,500 for each gold medal earned at the Paralympics, $22,500 for silver and $15,000 for bronze, boosting compensation for some Paralympians by as much as 400%, according to the International Paralympic Committee.

Previously, Paralympic athletes had received $7,500 for every gold medal, $5,250 for a silver and $3,750 for a bronze, The New York Times reported. More than $1.2 million was disbursed to the 2018 Paralympic medalists following the committee’s decision.

“As I was reading this tears literally were streaming down my face not only because of the equal pay for @Paralympics medals to @USParalympics athlete but the value and worth of Para athletes finally viewed equal to @Olympics,” Para Nordic skiing champion Oksana Masters tweeted at the time of the 2018 decision. “This is absolutely LIFE changing @TeamUSA thank you.”

As the Tokyo Games entered its fourth day, the U.S. honored the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the landmark civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability.

While Paralympians and their supporters celebrated pay equality, many pushed back against the USOPC’s decision not to allow Becca Meyers ― a U.S. swimmer and six-time Paralympic medalist ― to bring her mother to the Tokyo Games as her personal care assistant.

Meyers, who is deaf and blind, said the committee had approved her mother to be her PCA since 2017, but due to COVID-19, there are now “limits of non-essential staff in place.” She added: “Rightfully so, but a trusted PCA is essential for me to compete.”

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REPLACE provides legal aid to vulnerable persons, PWDs

By Ngozi Egenuka

In a bid to eradicate the high rate of child abuse and injustice meted out to vulnerable communities, the Right Enforcement and Public Law Centre (REPLACE) in partnership with the European Union and Children and Community Protection Network (CCPN) have provided free legal services in communities.

Chief Executive Officer, Comrade Rasheed Awofesan, noted that access to legal fees is a major challenge affecting those populations, making them unable to seek redress when their rights have been infringed upon, hence the decision to give them a voice.

He noted the CCPN helps prevent and take action in the event of abuse of children. “If children who are abused are not exposed to the right care, they may become a danger to themselves and the society,” he said.

According to him, CCPN engages the government on advocacy to make better laws regarding issues of abuse and sensitise the community on their rights and what to do in cases of abuse.

“In Lagos State, they have infused education on human rights in social studies curriculum, which is a right step,” he said.

Project Manager, REPLACE, Segun Babalola, said the project provides a legal clinic for vulnerable persons, which include widows, low-income earners, children, persons with disabilities, to sensitise them on various platforms to get access to justice and toll-free line.

“These categories of people are at a disadvantage in society. We are also informing them of their rights in a language they understand. There are people at the other end of the call that refer them to available legal service providers. The lines are Lagos, 0800300300300, Abuja, 08033908563, Kano; 08036526261, Anambra; 08033459707, Adamawa; 08036341640,” he explained.

Olisa of Ojota Kingdom, High Chief M.O. Odunsanya, applauded the initiative to assist, which he said, would allow people to speak out and get in touch with lawyers.

“There are a lot of happenings in the communities that we experience as community leaders. For instance, we get reports of rape. With this project, people would know where to report such matters without fear,” he exclaimed.

Adamawa records 774 cases of sexual and GBV, convicts 297

Adamawa registered 774 cases of sexual and gender-based violence between 2020 and the first half of 2021.

Two hundred and ninety-seven of the perpetrators have been condemned to date.

These were revealed in Yola on Monday by Dr Ukohi Ukiwo, Technical Officer of the Conflict Management Program in Nigeria (MCN) at the opening of a five-day capacity building workshop.

Workshop participants are doctors, nurses, and sexual and gender-based violence management counselors.

The event was organized by the Adamawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency in collaboration with the MCN and funded by the British Council through the European Union.

Ukiwo said part of the reasons for introducing the workshop was to educate participants on how to identify and provide emergency treatment to victims.

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“Sexual and gender-based violence occurs more in communities due to the lack of care and the silence that followed the incidents.

“We hope that by training primary health workers closer to the population, survivors will be able to benefit from emergency care and first aid.

“Through emergency treatment, first-hand evidence will be gathered to enable authorities to prosecute the culprits,” he said.

Ukiwo stated that by bringing training closer to communities would help collect and manage early evidence.

He stressed that the solution to eradicating the threat was to prosecute the perpetrators in order to deter others.

“The reason why the cases of violence persist is that most of the perpetrators are released,” he said.

In his remarks, Dr Bashir Sulaiman, executive chairman of the Adamawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency, said the agency is responding positively to sexual and gender-based violence in the state.

Sulaiman added that the main objective of the training was to educate and empower participants on how to easily detect suspects and victims of sexual and gender-based violence.

“Our staff are available and well trained and have tools to advise and guide in the three sexual assault referral centers in the state.

“Where there is a need for justice, we do it through various partners,” Sulaiman said.

Around 50 participants from 21 local government areas in the state are attending the training.

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