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2023: CSF seeks full participation of persons with disabilities

Cedar Seed Foundation has called for full participation of persons with disabilities in the 2023 elections.

The foundation made the call during a sensitization campaign on disability inclusion in political processes held on Wednesday, 23 November, 2023.

Daret Fred, Chief technical adviser on election to the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, says disability inclusion and participation in an election is key in a social political development of a country.

The UN representative noted that the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the political process will go a long way in addressing the problem of their participation in governance and development of the country.

According to him, “to achieve an inclusive society, everyone in that society should be encouraged to participate in decision-making processes”

Rose Daniel, Technical Director, Cedar Seed Foundation (CSF), said the sensitisation programme will foster persons with disabilities to come out and participate in the electoral processes and expressed optimism that efforts of the government and non-governmental organisation in promoting political inclusion of PWDs have not gone unnoticed by the community.

Shedrack Danladi, Project Officer of CSF, noted that the foundation has made increased efforts to enlighten persons with disabilities on inclusive electoral process.

He said if a significant portion of 20 million citizens with disabilities are excluded from the decision making process, electoral processes, public infrastructure, access to polling units, and political participation, this poses a huge problem to us as a country.

According to Danladi, “the project aims to sensitize and enlighten 10,000 citizens on voter education in Abuja and Kaduna, for a total of 20,000 citizens.”

Persons with disabilities sidelined in politics, CSOs lament

Some civil society organisations in Rivers State under the aegis of the Rivers State Women and Youth Agenda, have lamented that disabled persons in Nigeria are sidelined in politics.

The group of CSOs represents the priorities of women, young people and persons with disabilities in Rivers State.

It stated that women, youths and PWDs should account for 35 per cent of all elective and appointive positions in the country across the board.

This was disclosed in a communiqué hoisted on global change platform, change.org, on Thursday.

The communiqué was titled ‘Women, Youth, and People with Disabilities should occupy 35 per cent of elective, appointive positions’.

The groups noted that after online consultations in the 23 local government areas in the state, they reached some decisions, one of which was asking the Rivers State House of Assembly and other stakeholders to incorporate PWDs into campaign groups and policy-making bodies in the polity.

“Women and youths, including persons with disabilities, are underrepresented in politics and governance processes and their priorities are systematically neglected.

“The Agenda contains a range of actions which we expect electoral candidates, political party executives, and the leadership of the Inter-Party Advisory Council to commit to,” they said.

It expressed the need for government to initiating and supporting bills that would address the needs of persons with disabilities in the state.

“The leadership of political parties should adopt a permanent discount for the cost of nomination and expression of interest forms for women, youth, and persons with disabilities in party policies,” part of the statement read.

Foundation urges persons with disabilities to participate in politics

The Albino Foundation has called for mainstreaming of persons with disabilities in electoral process in the 2023 elections.

The group made the call in an event organised to reduce voter apathy to the barest minimum and promote the mainstreaming of persons with disability in electoral process held on Monday, 21 November, 2022.

Mrs. Benny Goodnews, Head of Unit, Disability Desk, Abuja, urged persons with disabilities (PWDs) to be part of the electoral system and make everything in the nation inclusive.

She said the INEC has since the past eight years made efforts to ensure the inclusion of PWDs in electoral process. She tasked PWDs to not only get their voter cards ready but also to participate in politics.

She also said the INEC doesn’t have the resources needed to hire sign language interpreters in all polling units, adding that the costs to employ the service of these persons are expensive. She however assured that this will be looked into after the 2023 elections. She urged qualified sign language interpreters to apply to volunteer as INEC staff.

Mrs. Adenike Tadese, HOD voter education and publicity INEC, Lagos State, charges persons with disabilities to participate in politics starting from the community level.

Tadese said “compete from the community where people know you. Don’t say there is no money to compete in politics. You have what it takes. Let people know that it is your right, don’t be left behind.

“2023 is coming, thank God for the great opportunity. We are not only there to vote, we are also there to be voted for.

Jake Epelle, Executive Director of the Albino Foundation, urged persons with disabilities to make the most of political participation as the 2023 general elections approach.

Epelle said “the time has come for persons with disabilities to fully take part in elections as a civic responsibility.

“I charge you and I challenge you today. If this country is looking for a President, governor or a house of representative member, look no further because you are the one.

“We have a wonderful opportunity before us. This is the fact that for the first time in the history of the electoral process in this country that persons with disabilities will constitute 16% of the entire electorate.

“There has never been any time better than now that this community is coming together. We are not just ready to vote, we are ready to be voted for,” he said

CSF commences voter education training, engages 15,000 PWDs in FCT and Kaduna

Cedar Seed Foundation has commenced voter education training for targeted 20, 000 persons with disabilities women and youth across FCT and Kaduna states.

The training, supported by United Nations Development Program, reached about 15,000 PWDs women and youth, equipped them with voter education and inclusive electoral processes as at the time of writing this report.

Speaking to Inclusive News Network,INN, Shedrack Danladi Project Officer, CSF, said the group had immediately commenced voter education training after stakeholders forum held on November 8, 2022 and in few weeks three areas councils in the FCT and three local governments in kaduna were covered.

According to him, “As at 23rd November 2022. We have reached about 15,000 PWDs women and youth, equipped them with voter education and inclusive electoral processes.

“We achieved this through our our direct engagement with the citizens in the grassroots and they see the need to be educated on inclusive and credible electoral processes.”

He said “beneficiaries are eager to learn and gain from our initiative. We have a target of reaching 20 thousand citizens and before or by 26th, we will attain that target.

“The project has challenges quite alright but the challenges do not outstand the progress and success recorded. Our major challenge is participants expectations, they do hope to gain monetary benefits at the end of the training but we have managed their expectations.”

Danladi urges PWDs and other vulnerable groups that benefit from the initiative to make good use of the knowledge they are gaining and participate more in electoral processes, to vote and be voted for.

He thanked UNDP for their huge support that is aiding CSF in making impact in the vulnerable groups community.

FG to end conditional cash transfer December 31, as 2 million benefit

FG stated that since the Scheme was launched in 2016, 2 million Nigerians have benefited.

This was disclosed by the head of the National Cash Transfer Office (NCTO), Dr. Ibraheem Adam in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the virtual International Financial Conference in Abuja on Thursday.

He noted that the programme enrolled beneficiaries from the rural areas across 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) through community-based targeting, adding that the programme was so far able to reach 609 local governments, 6,272 wards, and 48,789 communities and reached a total of 1,940,325 beneficiaries in the National Beneficiary Register from inception to date.

“We came in at a good time in the history of Nigeria when the project we superintended has the mandate to reduce poverty, and as you may know, our level of poverty is around 60% of the population.

“So the programme actually came in to reduce poverty and enhance human capital development; and for us to do that, the tool we are using is the cash transfer, which is an extension of stipends to beneficiaries.

“For this to happen effectively and transparently, the federal government has introduced a digital payment system and this entails the creation of bank accounts for beneficiaries.

“We have about 2 million beneficiaries that have been credited with cash into their own personal NUBAN account created by the banks for the easy link to the ongoing international financial inclusion conference,” he said.

He noted that the FG brings them into groups where they do rotational savings and contributions, which metamorphose into cooperative societies, which they also own, and by doing that they can also empower themselves.

“The beneficiaries are mentored to properly utilise the knowledge gained in the cause of the capacity building at their doorstep.

“The objective of the cash transfer is to basically improve household consumption, increase utilisation of health and nutrition services, and improve environmental sanitation and management among others.
Worthy of note: The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has revealed that 63% of persons living in Nigeria (133 million people) are multidimensionally poor.

According to the 2022 Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) Survey, over half of the population of Nigeria is multi-dimensionally poor, with multidimensional poverty higher in rural areas, where 72% of people are poor, compared to 42% of people in urban areas.

Experts Harp on Harnessing Yoruba Cultural Heritage Through Ijala

The Oyo State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun, the Araba Awo of Osogbo, Chief Yemi Elebuibon, a Professor of Legal History, Prof. Akinkunmi Adegbola Alao, and other culture advocates have observed a need to constantly look into ways of harnessing the intellectual foundation of an indigenous genre of music, ‘Ijala’, in developing the society.

They made this observation at a lecture celebrating the 2022 Ijala Are-Ode Cultural Festival in Ibadan with the title ‘Ijala: Beyond Social Gyration to Intellectual Exposition of Yoruba Cultural Heritage’.

Dr. Olatubosun, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Oye Oyedele suggested that a home-grown method of teaching the coming generation Yoruba culture is the only way Yorubas can occupy their rightful place in the comity of nations.

He added that for the Yoruba race to conquer the world, they must appreciate who they are, learn the things of the race, and behave truly like Yorubas.

Olatubosun said Oyo State Government, under Governor Seyi Makinde has shown commitment to resuscitating the Yoruba culture and tradition among the younger generation, through a re-introduction of history classes to public schools in the State.

During his lecture, Prof. Akinkunmi Adegbola Alao said there is a need to go back to the basics, look beyond the social gyrations derived from Ijala by hunters, and find ways to deploy the intellectual foundation of Ijala in Yoruba cultural heritage.

Alao enjoined historians to constantly research Yoruba cultural values that can benefit the society.

The Scholar noted that although the immediate purpose of any traditional music performances is to entertain, the genre of music could influence a renaissance of Yoruba Culture and traditions.

He enjoined Africans, especially the Yorubas to embrace and leverage indigenous technology to develop human society.

“We need to go back to the basics. Go beyond just the gyrations of individuals, amusing themselves, to unearth the intellectual premise of this rich cultural tradition”, he said.

Speaking on what led to the celebration of Ijala by hunters in those days, Alao noted that the neglect by the political class, gave room for chanting Ijala by the hunters to celebrate their contributions to the society.

Alao who applauded the efforts of hunters in maintaining peace within the boundaries of their society, admonished the Political class to forthwith stop diminishing their importance.

“The nature of their profession takes them away from domestic politics. They are always engaged in warfare and deep forest hunting and so many other activities outside the immediate precinct of the established kingdoms. So many times, they are not on ground to take part in the political process, so the political class diminished their importance”, he observed.

“But they resorted to Ijala to celebrate themselves, to call attention to their importance and to let people know they have contributed a lot to the development of the society”, he continued.

Prof. Alao who chided the Political class for refusing to recognise the little efforts of hunters, commended the Oyo State Government for partnering Ona-ara Development Forum in celebrating the Ijala are-ode cultural Renaissance.

“Rather than denouncing our hunters, we must encourage them to positively use their knowledge towards the development of human society,” he noted.

Alao noted that the festival will open doors of opportunities to hunters, showcasing talents and importance of the hunters’ guild.

He further projected that in the next five years, the festival would have been internationalized.

Prof. Alao also opined that in the coming years the Organisers would call attention of the world to the intellectual precinct of Ijala, hoping that the guild would have assumed new relevance in the Yoruba society by then.

Also speaking at the event, the Araba Awo of Osogbo, Chief Yemi Elebuibon urged Africans to develop their culture, observing that it is a must to “first appreciate who they are and what they are”.

Chief Elebuibon also warned the Yorubas against jettisoning Ifa science and technology, adding that if care is not taken, in no distant future, people of the Yoruba tribe will soon be paying the Europeans for Ifa divination.

Speaking earlier, the Chairman Organising Committee, Ijala Are-Ode Cultural Festival, Oloye Dipo Gbenro noted that the Ona Ara Development Forum seeks for the development of Ona-Ara.

He also revealed that the forefathers of all Ona-Ara indigenes were hunters and warriors, who played pivotal roles in the ‘Agbekoya war’.

He said Ijala is an expository of intellectual content, which spells history, family lineage.

“Ijala explores and exposes the inadequacies of our leaders, promotes social relations and is rich with powerful of words”, he said.

Disability Commission, RoLAC train 60 NSCDC officers on crimes against PWDs

The National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD), in collaboration with Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC) Programme, has commenced the training of 60 Disability Desk Officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

The Executive Secretary of NCPWD, Mr James Lalu on Thursday in Abuja, appreciated the commitment of the NSCDC for providing such an opportunity to help Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).

The programme was organised by NCPWD in collaboration with RoLAC, NSCDC and sponsored by The European Union and British Council.

“It is significant for us to have this collaboration with this office. PWDs has been facing discrimination, even within the disability community.

“We believe that your organisation is one of the largest security agencies in the country and it is close and friendly with the people.

“We want to see how this collaboration will transform into access to justice for PWDs in Nigeria. It is very key to us.

” Since its creation in 2020, the NCPWD has been receiving so many complaints on discrimination and abuse from disability community in every parts of the country.

“As you are fighting vandalism of oil pipeline and other critical infrastructure, we want you to transform such and fight discrimination against PWDs in Nigeria,” Lalu said.

Meanwhile, the Commandant General of the NSCDC, Dr Ahmed Audi, said the corps was aware of the UN Convention on the Rights of PWDs and the Prohibition and Discrimination Against PWD Act.

According to him, the Act aims at proper integration of PWDs, to cater for their education, health care and civil needs.

“On Oct. 26, I granted the approval of the establishment of PWDs Special Desk Office at the Headquarters and 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.

“After today’s inauguration, we shall be attending to special matters relating to PWDs as in quick response to any form of discrimination or abuse in any of our commands throughout the federation.

“The induction training by NCPWD and RoLAC is to make the PWDs Duty Desk Officers to know and do their work diligently. They would be supervised by State Commandant.

“Their responsibility shall be the adequate protection of the rights and privileges of any citizen with any form of disability,” Audi said.

Audi was represented at the event by Deputy Commandant General in Charge of Administration, Mr Zakari Ningi.

Also, the National Programme Manager of RoLAC, Mr Danladi Plang, said the PWD Duty Desk Officers were selected for an important assignment.

“I want to commend the NCPWD and NSCDC for their efforts in making the event a reality. I also want to commend staff of British Council and RoLAC for their resilience.”

High point of the event was the unveiling of the emblem of PWD Duty Desk by Lalu, Audi, Plang and other officials from the Ministry of Interior and Humanitarian Affairs. (NAN)

PWDs beg FG for inclusion in climate change decision-making

…says inclusion in COP27 ‘Loss, Damage’ Fund needed

By Ezra Ukanwa

As part of ways to bridge the gaps between the most vulnerable in society, the Federal Government, FG, including other levels of government have been urged to include People With Disabilities, PWDs, in disaster risk management and climate change-related decision-making.

This was even as they also clamored for the inclusion of PWDs in the management of the United Nation, UN, Loss & Damage Fund in a bid to make up for the losses suffered by developing nations that are vulnerable to climate change.

You would recall that on Sunday, the UN COP27 summit of nearly 200 countries agreed to set up a “loss and damage” fund to support poorer countries being ravaged by climate impacts.

The Country Director, CBM Global Disability Inclusion, Ekaete Umoh, made this call at a press briefing, on Tuesday, in Abuja.

Umoh, however, highlighted social exclusion as a major cause of hardships of persons with disabilities, adding that lack of consideration for inclusive and accessible humanitarian responses for PWDs on emergency aid provided by the government or NGOs during natural disasters, poses new risks and creates new barriers.

Citing examples from the recent devastating flood seen in most parts of the country, Umoh revealed that persons with disabilities are the most vulnerable in the strata of the most vulnerable in emergencies due to intense discrimination, rights abuse, and exclusion from the social narrative.

Umoh said: “While we commend the efforts of the Nigerian government to responding in the face of the disaster situations, particularly, the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development and other relevant government MDAs, we call for more deliberate efforts to targeting persons with disabilities in the responses to promoting inclusion across the clusters of persons with disabilities.

“We call for the meaningful participation, inclusion, and leadership of persons with disabilities and their representative organizations within disaster risk management and climate change-related decision-making at the local, national, regional, and global levels, which lies at the heart of an approach to climate action that is respectful of the rights of persons with disabilities.

“Specifically, we call for the inclusion of persons with disabilities and their representative organizations in the management of the UN Loss & Damage Fund which seeks to make up for the losses suffered by developing nations that are vulnerable to climate change and support poorer countries being ravaged by climate impacts.”

Umoh, therefore, restated commitment towards fighting against stereotypes, specifically, to end the cycle of poverty and disabilities.

“For us at CBM Global Disability Inclusion, we exist to fight the stereotypes, specifically, to end the cycle of poverty and disabilities. Our interventions in Nigeria have been targeted at breaking the barriers to access in health, education, humanitarian and emergencies across all strata of society”, Umoh said.

2023: PWDs Task INEC On Inclusion, Printing Of PVCs

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

by Tunde Oguntola

A non governmental organisation, CBM Global Disability Inclusion, has tasked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure that persons with disabilities are not disenfranchised during the 2023 election amidst the flooding that submerged communities across the country.

The 2022 flood in Nigeria affected 34 states. Also, the affected states had communities that were underwater, in no case was an entire state fully submerged.

The PWDs during a press briefing yesterday in Abuja also called for the inclusion of Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) in the United Nations (UN) “loss and damage” fund.

“If we triangulate what is happening you will see that millions of people have been displaced. Permanent Voters Card (PVC) lost, stressing the need to also rebuild the polling unit of communities submerged.

“Those who have the right to vote must not be disenfranchised. There must also be an inclusive response in humanitarian action,” said the country programme manager, CBM Global Disability Inclusion, Dr Adedeji Ademefun.

Speaking earlier, the country director, CBM Global Disability Inclusion, Ms Ekaete Umoh, said on Sunday, the UN COP27 summit of nearly 200 countries agreed to set up a “loss and damage” fund to support poorer countries being ravaged by climate impacts.

Umoh, however, lamented that PWDs had not been considered as a segment of the society that is vulnerable to the effects of environmental disasters and global warming.

“We call for the inclusion of persons with disabilities and their representative organizations in the management of the UN Loss & Damage Fund which seeks to make up for the losses suffered by developing nations that are vulnerable to climate change and support poorer countries being ravaged by climate impacts,” she said.

She also urged the federal government to include PWDs as part of conversations around climate action and policy formulation.

“Persons with disabilities are not part of the conversations around climate action which begins with understanding how climate change affects them and their families. Furthermore, Policy formulation and programmes are developed without consultation with Persons with disabilities or their organisations,” she said.

Youth charged to take advantage of FG empowerment programme

By Yosi Ardel

Nigerian youths have been challenged to take advantage of the different empowerment programmes set of by the federal government rather than engaging in vices inimical to national development.

Former General Officer Commander, GOC, 3 Division, Rukuba Cantonment, Jos Plateau State, Major General Saleh Maina (rtd) gave the charge in Abuja while addressing youths from the 36 states of the federation on the Theme “Inclusive Youths dialogue Against Electoral Violence”.

Major General Maina who identified the potentials endowed in the youths as enormous said they most create safe spaces for a violent free electoral process come 2023.

The Founder, Vision Africa, Bishop Sunday Onouha said dialogue was a critical component in resolving issues, urged the youths to evolve ideas that would guarantee peace , unity and development of the country.

A representative of Persons with Disabilities, Patience Dickson of the Advocacy for Women with Disabilities Initiate, harped on the need for government to put in place mechanisms that would create a seamless voting for them.

The President, National Youth Council of Nigeria, Solomon Adodo who applauded the initiatives by the Global Peace Foundation for assembling youths on voter education said the council would continue to tow same pattern for more youths awareness.

Earlier, the Regional Representative, Global Peace Foundation, Reverend Father Canice Enyiaka urged the Youths to learn from history on how other nations develop through the ingenuity of youths.

He urged them to use their numerical strength to always stand and speak for peace especially in the forthcoming elections.

LAGOS DWAN GETS NEW EXECUTIVES

The Lagos State Chapter of Deaf Women Association of Nigeria, DWAN, is on her way to experience a new lease of life and renewed sense of direction after her election on Saturday, 19th November 2022 brought together new set of executive officials that will pilot the organization’s affairs for the next four years 2022- 2026.

The association’s members had gathered at the National Stadium, Surulere Lagos to cast votes for their choice representatives in a most transparent and democratic election witnessed by officials of the Indepedent National Electoral Commission (INEC), representatives of Lagos Disability Community as external observers.

The occasion was ably anchored by Ahmed Dikko, an official of Lagos State Association of the Deaf who kick – start the occassion with brief introduction of dignitaries, electoral umpires and independent observers.

INN reports that prior to the casting of votes, DWAN founder, and erstwhile national president, Deaconess (Mrs) Adedoyin Beyioku-Alase (aka Mama Deaf) set the pace by providing core orientation on the essence of the gathering.

In a short and moving speech, Mama Deaf, as she is fondly called, rekindled the original spirit of the Association in a brief flashback on DWAN’s history dating back to 2001. She recounted her personal vision for starting the association, the challenges encountered, and the growth so far. Mama also dropped nuggets on the place of responsible leadership and followership in continuing the DWAN dream.

Her words: “there can be no leader without loyal followers”.
She thereafter encouraged respect for constituted authority within the association while charging the incoming executives to brace up for the task ahead.

Earlier on his remarks, Mr Kelani an indepedent observer representing Lagos State Office for Disability Affairs (LASODA) had in a goodwill message wished DWAN long live and progress

Mr. Kelani used the occasion to eulogize Mama Deaf on her well-intentioned vision and unmatched legacy in founding and growing the association through the years. He also charged members to be true followers of the Founder and always accord her the respect she has rightfully earned through her tireless commitment to the growth and development of Deaf Women in Nigeria. He further urged unity of purpose among the Deaf women and charged the incoming executives to carry on Mama’s legacy.

His words: “Mama has always talked about her resolve to ensure DWAN continues when she is gone”.

According to him, “those are big words to reflect upon, indeed she had played her part and it is up to the followers to be true to the dream of the founder” he added.

On his part, the INEC representative Mr. Buba Luka who was on hand both as an observer and electoral umpire, encouraged active political participation by the Deaf women for their voices to be heard.

He charged them to register and collect their PVCs so that they can vote in next year’s general elections. To buttress his message on active political participation, Mr Luka offered the gathering helpful tips on the electoral and political process.

It was gatherred that at the end of the day, nine candidates, majority of whom were voted in unopposed, filled the available vacant positions in the association.

Those elected as new executive members were Ms. Ogundipe Monsurat Kikelomo, Chairperson, Mrs. Adejuyigbrede Adejoke, – Vice Chairperson, Okediji Blessing Oluwatobi – Secretary General, Blessing Ngozi Iyasere ,Assistant Secretary, Adeosun Motayo M. – Treasurer.

Others are Ms. Shakirat Alaya- Financial Secretary, Ogundare Odunlami O. – Public Relations Officer, Rachael Green – Social/Welfare Secretary and Ifediora Amaka Lydia who emerged as Chief Whip.

Anambra North: Sen. Stella Oduah provides students, persons with physical disabilities with computer sets, wheelchairs

Senator representing Anambra North at the 9th Senate, Senator Stella Oduah has extended her educational and health empowerment works to schools and physically challenged persons within her constituency.

In her continued efforts to improve the Information Communication Technological advancement of schools as well as the living conditions of the physically challenged, Stella who doubles as the Deputy Chairman Senate Committee on Appropriation has continued the distribution of the items to beneficiaries to complement their daily learning and economic activities.

Joining the list of previous Beneficiaries were; Holy Cross Secondary School, Onitsha; Anglican Girls Grammar School, Onitsha and St. Charles Lwanga secondary school, Okpoko who were each presented with four complete Brand new Sets Of HP Desktop Computers.

Taking delivery of the ICT gadgets on Friday, Principal of Holy Cross Secondary School, Evangelist Dr. Omekaodimma A. Nkechi showered appreciation on Stella Oduah, describing the gesture as timely and laudable. The School Manager pledged to deploy the items into proper use to the benefit of the ICT acquisition of the students.

While distributing the items at Anglican Girls and Charles Lwanga secondary schools , Stella candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 2023 Senatorial elections expressed her optimism that the items will boost the learning motivation of the students’ inorder to help them achieve their goals as well as their acquisition of essential occupational skills.

Speaking at the premises of both schools,Hon. Noel Udeoji and Hon Chinedum Iwuchukwu who jointly represented Senator Stella to make the donation urged the benefiting schools to make judicious use of the gadgets. According to her the exercise is an extension of her educational empowerment programme which she commenced in 2019.

Stella said; “Information and Communication Technology enables the use of innovative educational resources and the renewal of learning methods. It is out hope that these sets of computers will establish a more active collaboration of students and the simultaneous acquisition of technological knowledge.

Principal of Anglican Girls Grammar School ,Dame Mercy Nneka Nwankwo conveyed her gratitude to Senator Stella, adding that the Items will contribute immensely to the ICT knowledge of the staff and students. Mercy also described Stella’s tenure at the Senate as satisfactory.

In a related development Stella Oduah over the weekend presided over the distribution of 20 Wheelchairs to members of the Association of People with Disabilities within her Senatorial zone.

During the exercise Stella urged the public to shun the discrimination of the physically challenged in the society. She enumerated the benefits of the wheel chairs; ” Today, Twenty wheelchairs were distributed according to the seven local governments that make Anambra North. We all know that the physically challenged individuals face a lot of discrimination and disregard especially in Nigeria.

“For me, the fact that someone is without a limb, blind or deaf, does not mean that their brains are not functional and I can attest to the truism of this view in the way and manner most people in this demographic, that have worked under my employ, creditably distinguished themselves.

Stella also promised to expand the skill acquisition training held for persons with disabilities to accommodate more members and the provision of Mini Shuttle buses to its members.

Speaking on behalf of the physically challenged persons, Madam Virginia Odoh, who was usually spotted around the Holy Trinity Cathedral axis, thanked Senator Stella for her philanthropic gestures stating the wheel chairs will go a long way to ameliorate their difficulties.

President Buhari unveils redesigned 1000, 500, 200 Naira banknotes

President Muhammadu Buhari has today, Wednesday, unveiled the redesigned new 1000, 500 and 200 Naira banknotes.

The President unveiled the new banknotes at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa in Abuja shortly before the commencement of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.

Present at the ceremony were Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari; and the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan.

Others were Ministers and the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Mr Godwin Emefiele.

In his brief remarks, the CBN Governor said the introduction of new banknotes was a deliberate step by government to check corruption and counterfeiting.

He said the old banknotes would remain as legal tenders till January 31, 2023.

Kano signs amended Disability bill into law

Kano state governor Dr. Abdullahi has signed, the Kano state persons with disabilities amendment bill 2022 into law.

The bill was approved, during the weekly executive council meeting, held at government house kano.

Speaking to newsmen shortly after assenting to the bill, governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje explained that, the law would pave way for inclusion and development of people with disabilities in the state.

He highlighted that, the law provides for the establishment of a ministry to over see the affairs of PWDs, Saying that all the six clusters would be represented, in the management of the ministry.

The governor maintained that, if established, the ministry would be given all the necessary assistance to make it functional according to global standards.

He said,people with disabilities were part of those selected for enterepreneurship training, at Dangote skills acquisition center Kano, to make them self reliant and reduce unemployment.

Dr. Ganduje however stressed that,the state has banned street begging and had set up a committee to evacuate beggers from nooks and crannies of the state.

Recall ,that Kano state house of assembly passed the PWDs amendment law on 16th November 2022, after subsequent deliberations and scrutiny by the lawmakers.

The new law provides for the establishment of a ministry, to oversee the affairs of PWDs, in addition to the allocation of 2% of all employment opportunities to the six clusters which includes the physical impaired, visually impaired.

Others are, hearing and speech impaired, spinal cord injury patients, down syndrome patients and leprosy victims.

Support PWDs, NAB urges Lagos MDAs

By Victor Ayeni

The Nigeria Association of the Blind has called on Ministries, Departments and Agencies in Lagos State to promote inclusion in their public procurement processes which will benefit People With Disabilities.

A representative of NAB, Dr Adebukola Adebayo, made the call on Tuesday during a capacity-building workshop organised for MDAs by the association in partnership with the Centre for Inclusive Development in Alausa, Ikeja.

He said, “The NAB has received support from Disability Rights Funds to focus on issues around public procurement processes in Lagos and Plateau States because both states have comprehensive disability laws, frameworks, and strategies for implementing disability-inclusive public procurement in line with the Nigeria Disability Act of 2018 and the United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

“We want to ensure that PWDs through the state MDAs have access to transport, education, social protection, and health. Citizens also need to be sensitised to do away with negative socio-cultural beliefs about PWDs which prevent them from being patronised by people even when they are economically empowered.”

The General Manager of the Lagos State Office for Disability Affairs, Mr Dare Ogundairo, who was represented at the event by the Head of Department of Social Development and Integration, Mr Kelani Akeem, noted that there is still a much need for improvement in social inclusion for PWDs.

“As an agency, we have done much to provide economic support but regarding the social support angle, we still need to channel more efforts towards it because we are not yet where we are supposed to be and there are still certain factors that mitigate against PWDs in Lagos State,” he said.