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WEB TRAFFIC & ANALYTICS

To avoid exaggeration,we hereby present below some graphs obtained from our daily web analytics and traffic reports which shows the number of unique visitors we had coming in per day. 

Web Analytic reports for the month of February 2018

Our social media page wouldn’t be let out either in promotion of your brands as most of our articles and posts ranks higher in terms of page views as shown in the screenshot below with Post titles as references

Marked red shows number of Post & Article views from traffic source of our Facebook fans page

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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Boko Haram: Gov. Zulum Orders Special Medicals For Injured Civilian JTFs, Amputees.

Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum has ordered special medical treatment for nine volunteers in the Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) who were attacked by Boko Haram in Dikwa. This include flying them abroad if so recommended by medical personnel.

The volunteers, who are among thousands of others helping the military in the ongoing battle against Boko Haram had sustained serious injuries, with some of them loosing their legs and becoming amputees

Before the special medicals, the Governor had approved a 100% upward review of monthly allowances for the nine volunteers to improve their well being.

Zulum paid tribute to these patriots, and to many others for their selfless sacrifices in the ongoing, combined efforts to bring an end to Boko Haram’s relentless attacks in parts of Borno State.

The governor also supervised distribution of social security in form of cash and food varieties to 34,000 vulnerable women and male households.

23,000 women, received N5,000 cash from a total of N115m, while 11,000 male heads of households were each provided a bag of rice, beans, maize grid, and a pack of cooking oil.

The distribution is part of sustained efforts to support vulnerable communities that are denied means of livelihood by Boko Haram’s activities, and to prevent the insurgents from using social and economic incentives like food and cash as bait to recruit fighters from the same communities they impoverish.

Zulum after the humanitarian intervention to Dikwa residents, visited the general hospital and a central primary healthcare centre – both in Dikwa township.

Taking away the voice of the Deaf

Two Young Happy Men Sitting On The Sofa Making Sign Languages

by Loveth Asogwa,

Can you take away the wheelchair from wheelchair user no matter the provocation, can you take away the clutches from a clutches user because he offended you and can you take away the white cane from a blind because he disagree with you.

These are extreme actions you can take against any of these persons with disabilities and it is wrong and it amounts to dehumanization. As very many persons will never punish any of these persons in this manner no matter the provocation.

A sign language interpreter means a lot to a Deaf, infact a sign language interpreter is like the communication air that a Deaf person breathes because a Deaf is not aware of his or her environment if there is no sign language interpreter available.

Going by my explanation above, you have learnt that without sign language interpreting, Deaf persons are cut off from the world. So, sign language interpreters are like companions, friends, colleagues, brothers or sisters to the Deaf and they are the most important people in the lives of Deaf persons even more than their immediate relatives who cannot sign.

The reason is not far-fetched because they are simply the ear and the voice of the Deaf as such they should be respected and treated as important as how a wheelchair is to a wheelchairs user, clutches to a clutches user and a white cane to a blind person.

Attacking a sign language interpreter in the course of his or her job is tantamount to taking away the voice of the Deaf. It is irrational for one to attack a sign language interpreter for whatever reason.

People should separate the Sign Language Interpreters from the Deaf persons. You don’t vent your anger on a sign language interpreter simply because he is doing his professional job.

If people be it persons with disabilities, persons without disabilities continue to attack sign language interpreters under the guise that they are having a quarrel with a Deaf person, the implication is that people should be afraid to come into the job and as such it will lead to reduction of the service. Meanwhile, more people are being encouraged to come into the job because the service is insufficient presently in Nigeria.

It is important to note that it is the duty of a sign language interpreter to protect a Deaf person whenever the environment is not conducive or when there are adversaries against the person because the sign language interpreter will at all cost keep the deaf person informed so that he will be out of danger.

Just like I earlier said that sign language interpreters are like companions, friends, brothers or sisters to the Deaf, it is to emphasize how important they are to the Deaf, it is not that if a Deaf person offend you, you go and attack his sign language interpreter to get back at him. It is wrong and it should be condemned.

Stakeholders validate CCD research findings on Public Institutions Compliance to National Disability Act

Centre for Citizens with disabilities (CCD) with the support of Ford Foundation carried out a research on Public Institutions Compliance to Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2018 in Abuja.

On Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 in Abuja, CCD brought together the line MDAs, other stakeholders and persons with disabilities who participated on the research to carry out a public validation of the research findings.

The Executive Director of CCD, Mr. David Obinna Anyaele in his opening remark said that the essence of the meeting is to provide opportunity for the stakeholders especially those who participate in the research to validate the findings, make recommendations that will aid future assessment of the compliance of National Disability Act, he urged the participants to listen attentively to the presentation of the findings and make contributions, point out where corrections should be made and suggestions to strengthen the process.

Speaking further, he said that after the signing disability bill into an act by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 after the bill have been previously refused assent by President Olusegun Obasanjo and President Goodluck Jonathan, there is no indication that state and non-state actors have complied to the law. So, it becomes imperative to put a process in place to ascertain the level of compliance especially in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. It will aid the implementation of the act by line MDAs and it will also help to create awareness about the act among the public and persons with disabilities themselves.

The research finding was presented for validation by Victor Owoyomi and the research questions looked at knowledge and perception of the public institutions on the implementation of the act, level of compliance by the public institutions, challenged of implementing the provisions of the act, current social context of PWDs in FCT and how policy actors can improve on the implementation and enforcement of the act.

According to Victor, the research was qualitative and researchers report verbatim the response of the respondents who participated at the Focus Group Discussions(FGD), Key Informants Interview (KII) and Indepth-Interviews.

The key respondents at the research are leaders/representatives of disability rights organization such as Nigeria Association of the Blind FCT, Abuja Association of Deaf, National Association of Persons with Physical Disabilities (NAPWPD) FCT, SCIAN FCT, Persons with Albinism, Federal Ministry of Finance, Humanitarian Affairs Ministry, Ministry of Works and housing, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Information and Culture including National Human Rights Commission.

In the research findings, it was discovered that majority of the policy actors in public institutions that were interviewed were generally aware of the act and demonstrated satisfactory perception of the law but shallow knowledge of the specific provisions in the law as regards the role of their respective ministries.

The findings also shows that a sizable number of PWDs are not aware of the specific provisions of the act while the leaders from different disability rights organization interviewed showed a satisfactory knowledge of the provisions of the act.

There is absent of satisfactory compliance among the public institutions interviewed, it may be traceable to lack of specific policy documents speaking directly to disability issues in those public institutions. The most recorded compliance was the provisions of accessibility aid such as ramps, elevators while compliance in terms provisions of equal employment opportunities, sign language interpreters at public institutions as a form of inclusion and social welfare in terms of free health care and education were reported to be quite low.

There was general view among PWDs and their leaders that implementation of the act is still low to lack of budget line for disability related affairs and disability institutions such as National Commission for Persons With Disabilities, lack of political will and poor knowledge of policy actors. This has lead to weak enforcement of Nigeria Disability Act.

The findings, the researchers recommended that there is need for more creation among PWDs on the National Disability act and proper orientation is need among the public institution, policy actors, institution should develop specific policy on disability inclusion, there would be budget line specifically for the inclusion and welfare of PWDs and there should be advocacy for multi-sectorial approach-collaborate with the National Commission for Persons with disabilities.

The participants made inputs which was noted to help to prepare the report and share with line MDAs and also aid the future research on compliance of the public institution towards implementation of National disability act.

The representative of National Human rights Commission and that of the National Commission for persons with disabilities in their good message committed towards working with CCD to ensure that their aim and objectives towards implementation of National Disability Act is achieved.

Akwa Ibom announces recruitment 1,000 teachers for public schools

Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom has announced the recruitment of 1,000 teachers for the public primary schools in the state.

Emmanuel made this known during the inauguration of the new members of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) in Uyo on Friday.

He said that this was part of his administration efforts aimed at giving a new lease of life to the educational sector of the state for the benefit of residents.

The governor however, solicited absolute loyalty from persons given responsibilities and frowned at acts inimical to the progress of the state and its people.

“We have decided to add to you immediately another 1,000 primary school teachers. Primary education is key to development of any society and its the priority of government,” Emmanuel said.

He urged the newly inaugurated SUBEB members to live up to expectations of giving primary education a facelift in line with the agenda of his administration.

“A lot of people have heard that since last year we’ve been screaming that we are declaring a state of emergency in education.

“We are not likely going to finish that in two years, it is something that will span through a minimum of 10 years but we must start the foundation this year.

“We have invested a whole lot in infrastructure and basic education is key, that is why if you check, the people we go after to head the primary board are people that can best represent us anywhere,” he said.

The governor commended the former Chairman of SUBEB, Prof. Maria Ikrok, and her team for a job well done.

He charged the new board to swing into action immediately.

Responding, the Chairman of SUBEB, Obong Paul Ekpo, expressed gratitude to God and the governor for finding him fit for the appointment.

He pledged to work hard and passionately to improve the primary education system.

“Let me thank God for the opportunity and also thank the Governor for finding me fit for this appointment.

“As the governor did mentioned, a state of emergency has been declared in the state education sector.
“We on behalf of our board pledge to be committed to making that critical contributions that will improve our educational system,” Ekpo said. (NAN)

FG announces free emergency medical services nationwide

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire

The Federal Government says it is set to launch an emergency medical and ambulance service across the country.

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, revealed this during a retreat organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Healthcare Services on the amendment of the 2014 National Health Act.

According to the Minister, the Federal Government is pulling all ambulances together to form the National Emergency Medical Service and Ambulance System (NEMAS), which will be launched within the next month.

Dr. Osagie said by dialing the emergency code 112, Nigerians can access emergency ambulance service within minutes, at no cost.

Miscommunication and Misinterpretation: Strategies for Improving Communication Skills for Deaf People

In the past weeks, the focus of our essays has been on communication, particularly for deaf people. Like a campaign for a public office, I have long been obsessed by the communications milieu of the Deaf. Not only have I wanted Deaf individuals to communicate with grammatical clarity, but importantly, I have wanted us to communicate with pristine civility and politeness.

I have, time and again, penned down articles after articles, essays after essays, to tell the community about the essentials of communication, including why communication is so vital for our survival, for our relationship and emotional wellness, as well as for our and upward mobility. 

Communication skills are the finest quality that we may possess as Deaf – individuals with a sensory impairment accompanied by little or inability to produce intelligible sounds.

But communication is more than talking and speaking. It is more than giving others the chance to express themselves, to let others communicate while we give them a “looking eye”. 

Communication is the soul of the human spirit.

Yet, communication is the single greatest personal challenge that continually affects a lot of the members of the Deaf community- in particular pre-lingual and youth deaf individuals.

The moment we begin to make improvements in our communications, the instant we begin to realize the enormous potentials that lie within each of us.

However, it isn’t only the poverty of grammatical and communication skills that we may need to worry about; we might need to worry about our disturbingly-swift tendency to miscommunicate, misunderstand and misinterpret the words and information of others- a pattern that’s part of what explains the whys of a bunch of negative attitudes amongst us- aggression, emotional and behavioral imbalances in Deaf people. 

A disturbing predisposition on the part of the Deaf to miscommunicate and misunderstand is an extremely pervasive culture in this community. This culture has not improved our image in the glare of the outside world. Our culture of mischaracterizing the ideas and values of others has made us be seen as highly confrontational persons to the hearing world.

But of course, the unpleasant practices of miscommunication and misinterpretation of ideas and information exist among many people- across gender, nations, and cultures, including among the disabled and non-disabled. 

The Deaf, on the other hand, in particular, have been known to misunderstand, misinterpret and miscommunicate their own thoughts and the thoughts of others. 

We simply fail to understand information the way that it is supposed to be understood. Consequently, we interpret information inaccurately. But from faulty interpretation comes faulty comprehension. 

The resulting effects of this pattern include not only a radical shift from the mainstream- away from the way the world and the majority actually works, but also our show of irregularities, our demonstration of stiffness, and our display of abrasiveness. 

It is bad for our image as the so-called differently-abled persons. It is bad for our relationships. It is bad for our future prospects- as a community of people who, day in day out, are hungering for inclusion in every system of the society.

Apart from our inability to hear speech sounds, many reasons can be used to support why Deaf individuals are too quick to misunderstand and mischaracterize the ideas and information of others, including lack of emotional stillness and emotional intelligence, lack of adequate knowledge of social dynamics, and lack of awareness of the way things so really work. 

Research has shown that the pervasive attitude of Deaf people- an attitude that’s too quick to make a judgment, an attitude that’s too quick to draw conclusions, a culture that’s too quick to quarrel, too quick to make confrontation- all of which often come out of misunderstanding and misinterpretation of words and information, is a indeed as a result of a lack of communication skills.

Communication skills include an ability to make clear, coherent speech in writing and in verbal. Communication is the ability to construct grammatically clear English expressions- in writing and in speaking. Communication is speaking beautifully; it is speaking and writing artfully. Communication is being diplomatic- choosing our words with caution and aptness because we want to make sure that we are considering and respecting our listeners.

Yet, the greatest answer to the culture of misunderstanding, misinterpretation, mischaracterization, and miscommunication on our is to learn the art of communication. This art does not just teach how to speak and write correctly, communication teaches decency and culture that then allows us to exchange ideas, values and information with others with clarity and respect.

Effective communication is an art and skill that reduces friction and conflict and one that promotes understanding.

SEE-II and Effective Communication

One of the proven ways of achieving effective communication skills for Deaf people including doing a signing in exact English (SEE). Signing Exact English matches visual signs with grammatical structures of English, unlike ASL which has its own unique grammar system.

SEE II is an exact visual model of spoken English, it allows students with hearing impairment to access grammatically correct English, just as all hearing children receive in educational settings.

In Nigeria, ASL may have been undermining a majority of Deaf people’s English mastery—with the manner that words and sentences are signed without complete regard for grammatical order.

Another proven way is having access to language and literacy.

Language deprivation–the lack of access to language has robbed Deaf people of the ability to communicate effectively. It is important to make the language accessible to Deaf children as early as possible. Introducing sign language early to deaf children can help them to take advantage of the uniqueness in linguistic skills.

Overall, Deaf people can improve their communication skills by making deliberate personal linguistic improvement skills. Personal word stock or lexicography can be improved upon. Grammar and structure can be learned. And books and articles that interest us can be utilized. They contain excellent informational text that helps us to have a better mastery of English.

FACICP Disability Plus Launches GBV – Monitoring and Advocacy Partnership

FACICP Disability Plus, A Disabled Peoples Organization has launched Gender Based Violence Monitoring and Advocacy Partnership, GBV-MAP with the aim of ensuring the inclusion of Women with Disabilities in all GBV response.

The GBV-MAP, which is a collaboration between Women’s rights movement and Disabled Women’s Organization, was launched during a roundtable meeting to develop guidelines for the inclusion of WWDs in GBV interventions in the COVID-19 response, organized by FACICP Disability Plus with support from Mobility International, USA.

Ekaete Judith Umoh, Executive Director, FACICP Disability Plus, disclosed that GBV-MAP has been set up to “facilitate strategic partnership between Women with disabilities and other critical stakeholders for the purpose of sustaining advocacy and monitoring of inclusive GBV interventions.”

She also stressed that the roundtable discussion was to strengthen the capacity of Women’s rights Advocate, the Media, Disability Inclusion Advocates, GBV –Focused Ministries Departments and Agencies to demand for more inclusion of WWDs in GBV interventions.

Umoh thereafter urged diverse participants at the meeting to continuously ensure the inclusion of WWDs in all GBV response as WWDs are worst hit especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier, while presenting the report of a rapid response survey conducted by FACICP Disability Plus, Inclusion Development Consultant, Dr. Adebukola Adebayo revealed that, “the intersection between disability and gender increases vulnerability of persons with disabilities (PWDs) especially for women and girls with disabilities.

“As shown in several credible international researches, the vulnerability of WWDs particularly in low and middle income countries is higher than in more developed climes. This situation has been worsened by the crises created by the prevailing COVID-19 global pandemic.”

Dr. Adebayo also added that, “women and girls with disabilities have been found to be increasingly vulnerable to poverty due to several forms of discrimination manifesting through culturally rooted male preferences and universal devaluation of disabilities.”

On her part, Dr. Amina Saliu, Women’s Rights Advocate, stressed that laws in the society “should protect the right of women whether disabled or not and women should always be included in all provisions of the law”.

She noted that WWDs should live safely in a space without any form of discrimination or abuse, adding that government’s interventions must be inclusive of Women with Disabilities.

While speaking on the role of CSOs and Media in Promoting Inclusive GBV interventions for WWDs, Blessing Oladunjoye, Publisher of BONews Service, tasked Disabled Women Leaders and organizations to establish strategic partnership with the media for the purpose of advancing issues of WWDs.

Present at the roundtable discussion were; Executive Secretary of the National Disability Commission of Persons with Disabilities, Representatives of Women’s Rights Organizations and WWDs from various clusters.

COVID-19: Senator Abiru Gives N5,000 Financial Support To 1,200 PWDs, Widows, Others In Lagos

Barely four weeks after about 1,000 beneficiaries of Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru’s COVID-19 Financial support received payments, the second batch of beneficiaries numbering 1,200 who are vulnerable residents of Lagos East Senatorial District on Friday got the support.

Recall that Distinguished Senator Abiru who is representing Lagos East in the National Assembly during the electioneering promised to provide succour to the poorest of the poor who were adversely impacted by the pandemic.

True to his words, on Monday, 8th February, 2021, Senator Abiru credited the bank accounts of 1,000 vulnerable who are widows, people with disabilities, aged, women and unemployed youth drawn from 98 wards across 16 local government areas in the district.

The N5,000 (Five Thousand Naira) support scheme which is scheduled into two categories will run throughout the year 2021.

Selected beneficiaries will be getting the assistance bimonthly (i.e once in two months), and all through the year by way of direct credit to the beneficiaries bank accounts.

“ Like I assured during the pilot disbursements to about 1,000 beneficiaries on Monday 8th February, 2021, TACT(Tokunbo Abiru Constituency Team) will never abandon the vulnerable in our district.

“We shall continuously look out and champion policies and legislative agenda that will be of benefit to the greatest number of our people”, the Senator assured.

Senator Abiru who was inaugurated on 15th, December, 2020 has been very active on the floor of the Senate and his constituency.

In this month of February, Abiru made informed contributions on the Cryptocurrency debate during the plenary. Abiru, a former bank Managing Director and astute financial expert, explained the global dynamics of the digital currency.

The distinguished Senator is also active at home. Last Friday, members of Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board, LASUBEB paid a courtesy visit to him at his Constituency office in Ikorodu to seek his support and interventions for public schools in the district.

Less than 72 hours after the visit, Senator Abiru moved a truck-load of 150,000 facemasks to the Agency’s Headquarters in Maryland, Lagos for onward distribution to pupils and teachers in the Lagos East Senatorial District.

Bauchi State SSA To Empower Persons With Disabilities

Senior Special Assistant to the Bauchi State Governor on employment matters, Khalid Barau is set to empower some ten Persons with Disabilities in the State by end of next month.

The offer was made in support of Initiative for the Liberalization of Physically Challenged People in Nigeria (ILPCPN) and Gidanta Care Unit’s collaborative project to empower 500 Persons with Disabilities, ten persons at a time.

The project, with theme: “Variously Impaired Persons Empowerment Project” has set in motion plans to distribute food items and cash grant of N5,000 to each beneficiary.

Thanking the SSA on behalf of Persons With Diasabilities, the CEO, ILPCPN, Hamza Waziri, expressed gratitude for the willingness to empower PWDs. He added that the project is a scheme he intends to implement every month till the target 500 PWDs is reached.

Group To Empower 500 Persons With Disabilities With Food Items, Cash Grant.

Initiative for the Liberalization of Physically Challenged People in Nigeria (ILPCPN) and Gidanta Care Unit Initiative have jointly set in motion plans to empower 500 Persons with Disabilities in Bauchi State.

The CEO, Hamza Waziri Muhammad Dukku, revealed this at a presentation of capacity building on small-scale enterprises talk with the theme: Variously Impaired Persons Empowerment Project.

Waziri, a member of the Mandela Washington alumni added that the project will empower at least 10 Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) every month until it meets a target of 500 PWDs within the year.

Food items in the form of groundnuts for peanut production and ground-nut oil, soya-beans for the making of “Awara”, a popular local delicacy, tiger-nuts for making “Kunun Aya”, a popular locally-made non-alcoholic drink and “Zobo”, another well-liked drink with good health benefits, will be distributed to the beneficiaries.

These packages will be accompanied with a N5,000.00 take-off grant funded by the CEO of ILPCPN.

According to Waziri, the project is a reciprocal gesture to America as a way of showing collective appreciation for believing and recognizing the capabilities inherent in Persons with Disabilities down here in Nigeria.

“As the first-ever duly appointed Chairman for the Agency for People with Disabilities in Bauchi State, a project of this nature had been among the first schemes I had always wanted to carry out – and at a much bigger scale which reaches an even larger audience.

“All what this empowerment project means to me and my fellow Mandela Washington alumni is our own way of showing our gratitude for the investment the American government has made in us. We’re giving back to, or rather sharing with, our society a gift bestowed on us by a part of humanity on another continent who realize that we all exist on the same global stage. Despite having physical and mental Disabilities, we are still acknowledged as humans.” He said.

EndSars: Police killed my brother, shot me three-time, petitioner tells panel

By Shina Abubakar, Osogbo

A petitioner, Mr Teslim Ibitoye, on Thursday narrated how he and his younger brother were shot by police over an offence they knew nothing about.

Ibitoye disclosed this in a petition at the resumed sitting of the Osun Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality, Human Rights Violations and Related Extra-Judicial Killings in the state capital.

He added that he was shot three times at different parts of his body when they visited a cousin at Erin-Osun in 2017, while his younger brother, Akeem Ibitoye, was shot died on the spot.

This is even as the wife of the deceased, Kafayat Ibitoye, urged the panel to prevail on the police authorities to release the corpse of her spouse that had been withheld and kept in the morgue since 2017.

The petitioners who had approached the panel for justice decried the brutality nature with which they were treated saying their family has not recovered from the irreparable loss suffered since the meted incident.

Narrating his ordeal in the hands of the police, Ibitoye revealed that he has been carrying a live bullet in his spinal cord since the incident occurred. Ibitoye who was emotionally devastated said he needed to be taken overseas for an immediate medical operation to remove the bullet from his body.

He added: “On this fateful day, my younger brother and I went to see our cousin, one Mr Nureni at Erin-Osun. Though we didn’t meet him at home, when we called him, he asked us to wait for him. But immediately he joined us, all I heard were gunshots. I couldn’t phantom were the gunshots were coming from. All I could remember was that I suddenly became unconscious. “The three of us were taken into the vehicle i.e. myself, the corpse of my brother who died immediately and our cousin. It was when I was laid in the vehicle that I partially woke up and saw the policemen who were accusing us of kidnapping.

“I was taken to the hospital immediately and when I regained consciousness, we were taken to the Police State Command, Osogbo, where the then Commissioner of Police ordered proper medical treatment.

“But to my surprise, after a few weeks, some officers sneaked us out of the Command and I was taken to Abuja where I spent a few days. “When I got to Abuja, I was handed over to Abba Kyari, the head of Police Intelligence Response Team, who, after seeing my health condition, asked them to take me to the hospital. I was eventually admitted to General Hospital, Gwagwalada, Abuja, where I spent several days on a sickbed.

“I was discharged from the hospital on the 1st of August, 2017 after which I was taken to State Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) Headquarters where I spent two weeks before I was eventually released. “We took the matter to the High Court, Osogbo, after my release but I was not satisfied with the judgement as the matter was struck out unjustly. Though the interpretation of the judgement was that our arrest at that material time was because of the proliferation of kidnapping.

“So, we have come here to seek justice. Our hope lies heavily on the outcome of the panel on this case because the corpse of my brother is still in police custody since 2017, close to four years. “I am appealing to the panel to prevail on the police authorities to release the corpse to us and arrange how I will be flown abroad to receive medical operation because since the incident occurred, I have been carrying a live bullet in my spinal cord, and all efforts to get it operated in Nigeria proved abortive; and I have been advised to go overseas for the operation.”

The petitioners further appealed to the panel to award them reasonable compensation. Counsel for the respondent, Barrister J. Idoko, while fielding a question from the panel, said the deceased’s body still lies at the morgue.

Panel Chairman, Justice Akin Oladimeji, said the case would not be continued due to the absence of the petitioners’ counsel who had earlier informed the panel of another engagement and adjourned the till to March 1, 2021, for further hearing. (Vanguard)

We’re working on policy that ‘ll mandate MDAs to buy locally manufactured vehicles – FG

Reduces duties on imported vehicles from 35 to 5 %

By Johnbosco Agbakwuru

The federal government, Thursday, said it was working on a policy that would require government Ministries, Department and Agencies,MDAs, to purchase home manufactured vehicles for official use.

The government also disclosed that it has already reduced duties on imported vehicles from 35 to 5 percent, explaining that its action was aimed at reducing high cost of transportation, which it noted, has effect on inflation.

Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, speaking at the maiden special media briefing by the MDAs,organised by the Presidential Communications Team at the Presidential Villa,Abuja.

She said state governments would also be engaged on the need to go for locally produced vehicles for their operational activities.

According to her, government was committed to purchasing locally made goods and vehicles.

She spoke thus:”Yesterday, I had said the Nigerian Customs Service has sent out guidelines to all its posts to begin immediate implementation of the new rates as approved by the Finance Act 2020 and I explained to you that when a bill like Finance Act is passed, first of all, it’s conveyed by the Parliament to the President. The President conveys it to the ministry and the agencies that have the various amendments as it affects their laws. Each agency reviews and releases guidelines for implementation.

“So Nigerian Customs has reviewed these guidelines and has notified all its operational posts to start implementing the new rates, so it’s taken effect.

“The federal government is committed to buying made in Nigeria products and buying made in Nigeria vehicles in particular. So we will be hoping to have a Federal Executive council approval to compel federal government agencies to buy made in Nigeria vehicles as much as is practicable. So when the security agencies need a security vehicle that is special design, and you don’t have it in Nigeria, we will still need to buy the ones that is outside.

“We’re hoping to also engage the states and encourage the states to take similar measures. It is important for us because we want to make sure the automotive industry survives and grows. The Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment has just finished a review of automated policy, which has been running now for seven years. I must say that the policy has not has not been reviewed before, so this is the first review that is being done and the essence of the review is to see whether it has achieved the designed targets.

*Once the ministry gets its approvals, then the review will be announced and perhaps there will be a refreshing of the measures that are contained in that policy.”

600 youths, PWDs to benefit from skill acquisition, empower project in Enugu

By CHARLES IWUOHA

No fewer than 600 youths including persons with disabilities of Enugu State will be benefiting from the Youth ICT and Skill Acquisition Project (YISAP) of the Baywood Foundation.

Kicking-off the project on Monday in Udi near Enugu, Country Director of the foundation, Mr Chukwudi Ojielo, said that the training would involve 200 youths from a council area in each of the three senatorial zones.

Ojielo said that the Udi council area had been selected to represent the Enugu West senatorial zone; Igboeze North council area for Enugu North senatorial zone and Enugu East council area for Enugu East senatorial zone.

He said that at the end of the training, which would last for three months, a seed fund would be given to the best 100 youths among the 600.

The country director explained that those the seed fund of between N45,000 and N60,000 would be given to, would be those who performed exceptionally well in terms of attendance and learning capacity.

“Baywood Foundation is working in partnership with the Coca-Cola Foundation to train 600 youths selected from three council areas in the three senatorial zones of the state.

“Coca-Cola Foundation has provided us, the Baywood Foundation, with a grant to train the 600 youths, including the physically challenged, for three months on various empower skills that do not necessarily require a shop for a start.

“We would be training all of the youths on how to leverage on technology, the internet, as their mobile shop to get business patronage and get empowered.

“The trainees would be trained on barbing, make-up, household essentials, confectionaries, photography, photo and video making and editing; ICT and digital marketing design etc.

“However, each of the trainees must learn ICT and digital marketing design in order to use their mobile phones as their digital-mobile shops and skill promotion platforms without going to rent a physical shop,” he said.

On how the foundation selected 200 out of 675 that applied for the training in the Udi council area, Ojielo said that the criteria included; being resident in Udi council area; being between 18 and 35 years and having time for the training.

He, however, urged the trainees to take the skill acquisition seriously since for those selected; there were others not so lucky within the council area to benefit.

“The whole essence is to get empowered and help your family financially as well as teach others so that they can be empowered too,” he added.

Earlier, the Chairman of Udi council area, Chief Ifeanyi Agu, thanked the Baywood Foundation and the Coca-Cola Foundation for selecting the council area as one of the pilot council areas to kick-start the project.

Agu, who was represented by the Supervisor for Education and Youths, Mr Fred Ozo, urged the trainees to put in their best and take advantage of the opportunity provided at their door steps.

Baywood foundation had in January 2021 received a grant award of $98,925 from the Coca-Cola Foundation to empower 600 youths in Enugu state through Youth ICT and Skills Acquisition Project (YISAP).

Kano Govt empowers 60 beggars, PWDs as ban on street begging takes effect.

Some of the beneficiaries were picked from the street and under bridges.

The Kano state government has empowered no fewer than 60 women, youths and Persons with disability with different entrepreneurial skills, following the ban on street begging in the state, the State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Dr Zahra’u Muhammad-Umar, has said.

Speaking during the presentation of the empowerment package to the beneficiaries, in Kano, on Thursday, she said that there was need for women to be financially stable and help their families., explaining that “Some of the beneficiaries were picked from the street and under bridges.”

Muhammad-Umar said this necessitated the decision to empower the women and other vulnerable people in the state, that were living with disability for them to fend for themselves and quit street begging.

The beneficiaries were given N10,000 each, in addition to sewing machines, soya beans, beans, millet, rice, freezers, small generating sets,, groundnut oil, pestle and mortar, frying pan, flour, grinding machines and second hand clothes, among other assorted items. to help themselves

The commissioner explained that each of the beneficiaries got an empowerment package based on the type of business they were interested in.

” There will be mentoring and follow up to ensure that they are doing what we have taught them and make sure they do not sell the goods. As you have been given empowerment package anyone found on the street again will be taken to court”, she told the beneficiaries.

She commended the state Gov. Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, for his support to the beneficiaries, while urging wealthy individuals to support the less privileged to be self-reliant, saying that the ministry would soon start visiting wealthy individuals in the state for their contributions.

“The government cannot do it alone anyone found will be taken to his or her local government for the wealthy individuals there to empower them”, Muhammad-Umar said.

NAN reports that on Feb. 5, the Kano State Government arrested 500 beggars and repatriated them to their various communities, following the ban on street begging in the state.

The Wife of Kano State Governor, Dr Hafsat Abdullahi, also urged the beneficiaries to put their skills into practice and build their dreams around it, adding that, the biggest business owners of today all started small.

Represented by the State Commissioner for Higher Education, Dr Mariya Bunkure, the first lady appealed to the beneficiaries to abide by the laws that banned street begging, saying that government would still provide with more empowerment.

“We want a clean state and we will not tolerate street begging,” she said.

One of the beneficiaries, Fatima Ayuba, commended the the state government and promised not to sell the materials given to her.

NNAD To Inaugurate National Executives, Board Of Trustees Today

The Nigerian National Association of the Deaf will formally inaugurate its National Executives and Board of Trustees today, Thursday 25th, February 2021 by 2pm on Zoom.

This information was disclosed by National Secretary General of the Association, Mr Timothy Adejumo, who spoke on behalf of NNAD .

He said the Association is using the opportunity to invite the general public to join the event scheduled to take place on zoom.

Timothy also said link to the Zoom event will be made available on NNAD official Facebook page soon.