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Kie Obomanu elected Chairman of National Forum of State Chairmen of JONAPWD.

Mr. Kie Obomanu has been elected as the Chairman, National Forum of State Chairmen, Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD). The election which took place after the closing ceremony of the 3rd Anniversary of National Disability Rights Act in Abuja had in attendance the President of JONAPWD, Mr. Abdullahi Usman and States Chairmen of JONAPWD cut across the six geo-political zones of the country.

The election of Mr. Obomanu, who is also the Chairman of JONAPWD, Rivers State Chapter is one of the positive outcomes of the celebration of the third Anniversary of the passage of the Nigerian Disability Rights Act 2018 organised by the Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) with support from Ford Foundation.

Appreciating CCD for the successful election, the newly elected Chairman of the National Forum Of State Chairmen Of JONAPWD said “I thanked the Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) and their partner Ford Foundation for hosting leaders of Persons with Disabilities (PWD) drawn from all the clusters and from all the geopolitical zones of the country, to brainstorm on 2023 general election and the future of Nigerians With Disabilities.”

“PWDs have the fundamental rights to vote and be voted for during the forthcoming general elections in the country. With the Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) blazing the trail in advocating and mainstreaming on issues of Persons With Disability a lot will be achieved in the advancement of the cause of PWDs and in the implementation of the National Disability Rights Act 2018.” Mr. Obomanu said.

He commended the efforts of CCD in the quest for the actualisation of the inclusion of PWDs in the process of governance in Nigeria.

While congratulating Mr. Obomanu and JONAPWD State chairmen for the peaceful election, the Executive Director of CCD, Mr David Anyaele, applauded the election of Kie Obomanu who he noted as a very fearless and irrepressible leader, that is bound to record a lot of achievements for the forum and the entire Disability Community.

“The election of Kie Obomanu who is a Broadcaster, Journalist and Disability Rights advocate signals the beginning of the cohesion and unity of purpose amongst the Chairmen to form a formidable group in the quest for the realisation of laudable objectives garnered towards launching JONAPWD into a new sphere of achievements at the state level.”

“The need for synergy between Kie Obomanu, the Chairman of the National Forum of State Chairmen of JONAPWD and the President of JONAPWD, Abdullahi Aliyu to accelerate the development of the Association, and for the overall transformation of the entire community of PWDs can not be over emphasized” Mr. Anyaele said.

While calling on stakeholders to continue to push until all State Governments in the country sign the Disability Bill into Law and expedite action on it’s implementation, Mr. Anyaele reassure the commitment of CCD to continue to support JONAPWD at the National and States Level to ensure the protection of the rights of persons with disabilities

Earlier at the event, the President of JONAPWD, Mr. Abdullahi Usman stated that JONAPWD is proud of efforts made and being made by CCD in promotion of the right of persons with disabilities in Nigeria. He affirmed that JONAPWD would consistently collaborate with CCD in future engagement that pertains to issues of inclusion and PWDs.

“I want to on behalf of the disability community of Nigeria thank and appreciate David Obinna Anyaele for this wonderful gathering, what is in the agenda, we know that if we are able to listen carefully to the lecture that are going to be delivered to us, it will be very important for all PWDs in Nigeria”.

“I want to urge the other organisations of Persons with disabilities to copy what CCD is doing by gathering all PWDs in Nigeria because it covers all the States in the country so that they understand more, when we go back we step down to our community to have more knowledge on what they are suppose do” Mr. Usman stated.

Self- Assessment: NCPWD reflects on past successes and prospects

James David Lalu, Executive Secretary National Commission for Persons with Disabilities.

In August 2020, President Mohammadu Buhari approved the composition of the Governing Council and appointment of the Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities in line with the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2019.

Since his assumption into office, Mr. James David Lalu had set out with a mind for far-reaching reform.

A man of strong convictions and fierce passions, shaped in no small part by his experiences in advocating and championing the Disability Inclusion Agenda back home in Jos, James Lalu has from the get-go, been resolute in his vision and plans for the wellbeing of Persons with Disabilities in Nigeria.

His zeal, passion, and efforts had already attracted the interests of political giants in Plateau State and it was not so long before he was elevated from his immediate past position as Executive Chairman of the Plateau State Disability Rights Commission and appointed as the Pioneer Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities.

To be sure, Mr. Lalu has been able to align himself with the agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and has sought to drive significant reform in the areas of improved access to Education, Healthcare and Sustainable Health  Insurance, Mass housing, the promotion of access to employment, Participation in the (Nigerian) Constitutional review, Development of Para-sports, Formulation of Disability curriculum, Facilitation of the conditional cash transfer and other government intervention Programmes such as Institutionalization of the National disability Summit, all for the benefit of Persons with Disabilities.

Expectedly, the ES’ open-door policy has exposed him overtly to the challenges that stare PWDs in the face; some of which are deeply rooted.

In order to alleviate the problems of housing, the ES had met with the Managing Director, Federal Housing Authority, Senator Gbenga Ashafa who promised to provide the needed assistance to the Commission in securing affordable homes for PWDs in any part of the country.

He has also engaged with the MD, Federal Mortgage Bank, Mr. Ahmed Dangiwa to explore flexible funding options for a number of accessible housing units.

In furtherance to his resolve to ameliorate the housing challenges faced by PWDs, Lalu has engaged the FCT Minister who also promised to provide land for the construction of residential buildings for PWDs as well as befitting office space for the Commission.

To deepen the Inclusion efforts and ensure that the efforts to tackle discrimination against Persons With disabilities, gain credence, the Executive Secretary has most revelry partnered with the Nigeria Police on the Compliance and Enforcement of the law through the establishment of Special Disability Desk across all police formations throughout the country to ensure that cases of abuse against PWDs are efficiently handled.

There have also been sustained efforts in the areas of Institutionalizing the disability curriculum. This process commenced with the set-up of the drafting Committee composed of academics from diverse backgrounds with special skills in disability studies.

In the aftermath of their submissions, NCPWD identified and targeted 4 pilot Federal Universities to kick-start the process of offering studies around the developed disability curriculum within chosen faculties. This process has also been extended to the National Commission for Colleges of Education in order to expand the impact of the studies in all facets of institutional learning.

In the same vein of advancing inclusiveness and accessibility within the corridors of governance in Nigeria, the Commission has successfully pushed for the active Participation of PWDs in the constitution review process to ensure that PWDs can have their opinions heard and their perspectives captured within the Canons of legislation.

One immediate win here is the improved electoral process which has become cognisant of the needs of PWDs as per a recent stipulation by INEC that prioritises PWDs during voters registration.

Also recently in the creation of Data ecosystem by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), the DG of the Commission issued a circular directing all coordinating officers of the Electronic Registration Centers (ERCs) to offer special services to Persons with Disabilities and other vulnerable Nigerians.

For improved learning among PWDs, the Executive Secretary, NCPWD Mr James David Lalu has further made provisions for scholarships to PWDs in higher institutions in the year 2022 budget.

Lalu in the company of the other members of the disability community celebrated World Albinism day where he gave charge to Persons with Albinism to take appropriate measures in preventing skin cancer which is a major nightmare to the Albinism community.

2021 witnessed a giant stride in the advancements of inclusion. There was procurement of assistive devices such as the braille translation machines which enables all blind PWDs especially lawyers to translate documents into readable materials and prove their ability in court rooms.

Considering the central position of the Joint National Association of Persons With Disabilities (JONAPWD), the ES has pledged to provide the needed assistance for optimal functioning of the association.

He disclosed his plans while hosting the Executive members recently in the Commission headquarters in Abuja.

In the light of these tremendous achievements on ground within a year of the ES’ appointment, It is not farfetched to state that beyond his passion for Disability Inclusion, the ES has proven that he has the doggedness to get things done and stay relentless in advancing the course of Persons with Disabilities in Nigeria.

And with the support of all PWDs and various stakeholders in the Disability community the Commission will not only accomplish its mandate but will rise to an enviable height in the spirit of our most fervent dreams and desire.

World’s Second Tallest Building Is Now Complete In Malaysia (Photos)

118 Storeys

The world’s second-tallest building, Merdeka 118 has now rea

ched its maximum height and it’s a sight to behold, as pictures show.

Merdeka 118 topped out last month in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with the completion of the spire at its tip making the skyscraper a staggering 2,227ft (678.9m) tall.

The 118-story building, which is set to open later in 2022, has knocked the 2,073ft(632m) high Shanghai Tower in China off its perch as t

he world’s second-tallest tower.

Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, however, is still No.1 at a whopping 2,717ft (828m) in height.

Anambra State Disability Rights Commission Head, Meets with a US Deaf Professor; the pair explores mutually-benefitting opportunities

The Chairman and CEO of the Anambra State Disability Rights Commission, Barrister Chukwuka Ezewuzie has had a meeting with a US-based Deaf Professor of Special Education, Patrick Obiozor Atuonah.
Barr. Chukwuka Ezewuzie paid a courtesy visit to the Disability Right Commission in Awka.
Introducing himself, Professor Patrick Obiozor Atuonah who hails from Onitsha, said he majored in Special Education and taught at Gallaudet  University in the United States. He noted that he had served the Disability Community diligently for over three decades in the United States and now that he’s retired he is also ready to contribute his quota to the development of Ndị Anambra with Disabilities.
Welcoming the guest, Barr Ezewuzie explained that DRC is newly established and at such need people like the Professor who have served the Disability Community abroad to bring in their wealth of experience to improve the lives of persons with disabilities in the state just as Governor Willie Obiano desired.
“I’m delighted to have met you today and I want to assure you that Anambra State Disability Right Commission (DRC) is ever ready to work with you and other experts as our Disability Ambassadors, Barr Chukwuka Ezewuzie said.
“Just like Akpọkuedike called me up from Boston, USA to come and serve the Disability Community, I also call on you to brace up for the many tasks ahead.” Barr Ezewuzie concluded.
Responding, Prof Atuonah said he is ever ready to serve if called upon.
” Though I’m retired, I’m ever ready to work for the betterment of my people. That’s why I’m home, so it will be a privilege on my part to contribute my quota from my years of experience abroad.”
Present during the visit was the coordinator of Deaf Services at the Office of the Governor on Disability Matters Mr. Amobi Nwagwu.

‘Poor braille literacy, resources leaving blind students behind’

By Gbenga Ogundare

As persons with visual disability around the world marked the International Braille Day on January 4, a coalition of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) providing services to blind persons has expressed worries over the drop in Braille literacy among blind students and teachers in Nigeria.

The group, which comprises the Nigeria Association of the Blind (NAB), Disability Awareness and Development Initiative (DADI), TBliss and Anglo-Nigerian Welfare Association for the Blind (ANWAB), also decried the dearth of brailling devices and resources in private and public academic institutions.

It urged state and non-state actors to sponsor and support the skills and devices needed for Braille literacy to take a foothold among the blind at every academic level.

The coalition expressed the concerns as part of activities organised to commemorate the World Braille Day 2022 at the Anglo-Nigerian Welfare Association for the Blind in Lagos.

benefits of digital technology in terms of literary braille, mathematics codes, scientific notations and the ability to interpret from print to Braille.

“That’s why we are encouraging the schools to upgrade the skills of teachers of Braille so that they understand the UEBC and also teach their students.

“This is to enable the students have equal access to resources that can be read through braille in print and digital.”

CSR: Gasland donates to orphanage, rewards loyal customers

Gasland Nigeria Limited has donated a brand new Toyota Hiace 18-seater bus to The People Foundation Motherless Babies Home to assist convey its children to school.

The company, an indigenous player in the Nigerian LPG sector, also rewarded its loyal customers for the years ended 2020/2021.

Its Chief Executive Officer, Mrs Omowumni Adebayo, while speaking at the ceremony held in Ibadan recently said at the height of the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020, the company donated items worth millions of Naira to the Oyo State government as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to cushion the effect of the lockdown in the state.

She commended the firm’s dedicated customers across Abuja, Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Ondo and Osun states, saying despite the upsurge in price of cooking gas in the greater part of 2021, they kept faith with their patronage to the firm.

At the ceremony, awards were presented to overall best customer of the year 2020/2021 in each state where the company’s gas plants are located. Also awarded were the second runner-up overall outstanding customer of the year 2020/2021 in each of the states and the most consistent customer award for year 2020/2021.

Adebayo emphasised the need for safe handling of LPG, its appliances and accessories. She also highlighted the immediate steps to take in preventing fire outbreak both at homes and in gas retail shops.

Foundation advocates inclusion for children with disabilities

By Henry Uche

The Irede Foundation has advocated an inclusive society in which all voices are heard and considered, particularly where children living with disabilities live an independent and limitless life regardless of their unique nature.

In order to see such a society, the foundation in its debut comic book, The Iredians, starring children with disabilities, launched in Lagos, maintained that books, music and arts are important tools that hel children and people make sense of the world around them, which shapes their worldviews and provide a lens through which they see the world.

According to its executive director, Crystal Chigbu, children need to understand how to act when they see other children with disabilities, accord them equal respect given to any other person and extending a hand of empathy.

“Children grow up reading books, watching shows that do not take into consideration children living with disabilities, when these children grow and meet other children living with disabilities in real life, they often do not know what to do, this knowledge gap can lead to lack of respect for other people who are different, bullying and lack of understanding of the needs and rights of other people.

“With the Iredians, we wanted to change this narrative, we wanted to include children with disabilities in books starting with this comic so that other children can see, hear, and learn from them. Different is unique, that is what children and people with disabilities are. With our creative work, children can recognize the uniqueness of their disabilities through art.”

She implored everyone to love children with special needs and help their uniqueness for such persons to fulfill destiny, adding that, “For every comic book in the hands of a child, it contributes to the independence of a child living with disability and the advancement of an inclusive society. Disabilities are not inabilities. With our help for one another, we can rise above all that life has thrown at us to become our own heroes, living limitlessly in every area of our lives,” she said.

PCN excited by BINA Foundation’s contributions to blind powerlifting

The Paralympic Committee Nigeria (PCN) has commended BINA Foundation for the successful conduct of the First Blind Powerlifting and Bench Press Trials in Nigeria.

Deputy Secretary of PCN, Dr. Sunday Odion, gave the commendation at the end of the three-day trials held at the National Stadium, Lagos from January 11 to 13, 2022.

President and founder of BINA Foundation, Lady Ifeoma Atuegwu, has expressed her satisfaction with the outcome of the trials where lifters that would represent Nigeria at the First IBSA Powerlifting/Bench Press World Cup and Second Africa Continental Poweifting/Bench Press Championship slated for Alexandria, Egypt in March 2022, were identified.

Disclosing that those that excelled at the trials would be unveiled when the technical committee completes its job, Atuegwu, represented by the president of Nigeria Para-Athletics Federation, Dr. Amobi Chikwendu, a Director in BINA, thanked contributors to the success of the event, especially, the programme coordinator, Silver Ezeikpe Chinedu.

Persons With Disabilities Appeal Oyo Govt For Political Inclusion

Over time, people living with disabilities have continued to make advocacies for inclusion in many areas of life, especially being seen as people that can stand on their own and contribute their quota to the development of society.  And while there has been improvements in the way people perceive and treat them in the face of ongoing awareness that there is ability in disability, they have continued to ask for more.

Last week, they made a case to the Oyo State Government, asking for inclusion of people living with disabilities in party politics in Oyo State, explaining that they also have a constituency and are in the best position to understand the needs of people like them.

The advocacy was led by an activist, Bamikunle Rasaq Tunde, popularly called Baba 70, who though living with disability, has been fighting the cause of young farmers within the Oke-Ogun axis of the state and doing his best to call for their protection from herdsmen who continually invade their farms.

Bamikunle, the Chief Executive Officer of Baba 70 foundation had exposed himself to threats from herders in his bid to protect his community of farmers from invasion and he remains undeterred in pursuing his vision of a better life for farmers, the downtrodden, and people living with a disability.

And to pursue his vision of political inclusion, he took his advocacy to the Oyo State Government through the office of the Special Assistant to the Governor on People with Special Needs, Timothy Olufemi Sunday, where he called for affirmative action for the “physically challenged persons in party politics in Oyo State during a courtesy visit.

He appreciated the governor for the special recognition and opportunity accorded people living with disability through the key appointments in government both at the state and local government levels, highlighting the appointment of one of them into the Caretaker Committees of the Local Government last year and the recent appointment of physically challenged persons into the newly Constituted Local Government Executive Councils in Oyo State.

He further expressed appreciation for the appointment of physically challenged persons into teaching positions by TESCOM, emphasising that the government has shown love for them. He however appealed that they should further be included in party politics.

“This advocacy is to appeal to His Excellency as the leader of our great party, the People Democratic Party (PDP), to use his exalted position to push for inclusion and to give an opportunity to physically challenged persons to be standard-bearers of our great party during elections. What is good for the goose, they say, is also good for the gander. The way women are given the concession to contest on the platform of the party with free nomination forms or at a highly discounted rate, we also appeal that similar opportunities be extended to physically challenged persons.

“Physical disability is not a mental disability. Many physically challenged persons who had been privileged to be tested in one position or the other have given a good account of themselves among these are Barrister Adekanbi; the Special Adviser to the Governor, Late Prince Paul Adelabu; former Special Adviser to Late Governor Ajimobi. It is my humble appeal that the inclusion of people with special needs in governance should not be limited to political appointments. Rather, people with physical disabilities too should be allowed to be party candidates to be voted for,” he appealed.

Baba 70 emphasised that he had privately contributed to human capital development in his local government in the area of agitation for the right of peasant farmers, especially in times of willful damage of their crops by cattle herders, economic empowerment through agriculture at Okaka by BABA70 foundation, intervention and protection of farmers at Olemo village in Ikere Dam Area during a violent clash with cattle herders and support to the school for the handicapped in Iseyin among others.

The activist, who had representatives of Iseyin youths in his entourage said they followed him because they believe in him and want him to represent them in politics, adding that the Accurate Youths Forum had requested he should join party politics to seek the mandate to represent Oke-Ogun/Ogbomoso Federal Constituency at the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2023.

A letter of confirmation by the Accurate Youths Forum read in part: “We wish to formally recognise and acknowledge your numerous positive contributions to the development of our society through your philanthropic gestures which include your laudable efforts towards the uplifting of the living standard of the poor and physically challenged persons and many other laudable efforts.

“All these and many more informed our decision to call on you to join party politics and seek a political mandate to serve at a larger pedestal. This is because we cherish your passion for humanity and progressive-mindedness and we believe if you have greater opportunities you will make a better political representative. Your prompt response to our clarion call will be appreciated,” the letter said.

UN to assist Nigeria rehabilitate IDPs

From Okwe Obi

The United Nations (UN), has promised to assist the Nigerian government to rehabilitate Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

UN Under Secretary General/ Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, made the pledge yesterday when he paid a courtesy call to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, in Abuja.

The meeting also had in attendance. Matthias Schmale – UN Resident /Humanitarian Coordinator, Nigeria; Sofie Garde Thomle – Deputy Director (Operations and Advocacy Division – OCHA New York); Natasha Geber – Special Assistant to Under Secretary General/ Emergency Relief Coordinator; Gabriele De Gaudenzi – Humanitarian Affairs Officer – OCHA New York, and Uche Njoku.

Griffiths said, “I am very pleased to be a partner with you in efforts to meet the needs of the people and many of whom I met and talked to in Borno State.

“This is not a short term engagement; a medium to long term engagement the end of which will see, as we saw yesterday, the successful return of those people to their homes and dignity and respect and prosperity.

“I am convinced that the approach that we saw outlined both in the field and in the meeting with the governor is a very effective one. It is innovative. It is a responsive one and which is why we are proud to play our part. Humanitarian assistance is essential.

“The last point I will make when I get to Geneva is just to be reminded the appalling tragedy that befell those people many years ago.

“And to hear those stories that happened to those women in particular and their families and the destitution, circle of displacement, that resulted the world need to remember and never forget what happened there is to stand by your side as you and your fellow minister address those issues on behalf of the people.

“It was a very productive visit and a very useful for me to get some ideas of the undeserved tragedy we have heard over the years which is so vivid in the minds of the victims of the activities of those groups.”

In her response, Umar Farouq, stated that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari was committed to ensuring that IDPs safely return to their communities with stipends to enable them live a decent life.

She said, “I assure that the federal government of Nigeria under Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari is very committed to ensuring that this issue of insurgency becomes the thing of the past.

“Also, the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to ensuring that these people return to their respective communities in safety and indignity.

“We government agencies that are saddled with that responsibilities which my ministry is coordinating.”

25m Nigerians to benefit from FG’s 5m solar home project

As part of activities to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty, the Federal Government plans to install 5 million Solar Home System (SHS) to impact over 25 million Nigerians and generate over 250,000 jobs across the country.

The government is also pushing for more mini grids across the country to improve electricity supply to rural and urban settlers in Nigeria so as to stimulate business activities in Nigeria.

Speaking during the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Sokoto and Bauchi state governments in Abuja, Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu, said that the Federal Government was committed to providing reliable power supply to unserved and underserved communities in rural and peril urban areas of Nigeria.

The minister who spoke through the permanent secretary, Ministry of Power, Nebeolisa Anako, explained that the government would make sure the programme becomes a reality.

In his remarks, Commissioner of Energy, Sokoto State, Aliyu Balarabe, expressed gratitude to the Federal Ministry of Power for signing of the MoU, saying that Sokoto and Bauchi states would be the first to sign the tripartite MoU.

Speaking also, the Commissioner of Power, Bauchi State, Maryam Garba appreciated the Federal Ministry of Power and said that the Ministry of State, Power would take advantage of the Federal Government’s policy and key into the plan to provide electricity to unserved and underserved communities in the state.

In his October 1, 2021 independence speech, President Muhammadu Buhari, had promised to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.

Stakeholders Want Disability Commission To Partner Population Commission On PWDs’ Data

Some disability stakeholders have urged the National Commission for Persons with Disability (NCPWDs) to partner the National Population Commission (NPC) for collation, and collection of accurate data on Persons With Disabilities (PWDs).

The stakeholders said that partnership with the NPC for data collation, analysis and collection would enhance effective planning, policy making and strategies for PWDs at all levels of government.

They made the call during a panel discussion at the third annual anniversary of the passage of the Nigeria Disability Rights Act held in Abuja.

The annual anniversary is organized by the Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) as a platform for stakeholders in the disability community to assess, analyze and make recommendations to the NCPWD for the benefit of PWDs nationwide.

The theme of the 2022 anniversary focused on ‘2023: General Elections and the Future of Nigerians with Disabilities’. Dr Bell Ihua, Executive Director of Africa Polling Institute (API), said that the disability community across the country was saddled with the responsibility of guiding and providing research-based advice to the disability commission for consideration.

“The API has been to different agencies on courtesy visits, and we are looking forward to collaborating with the NPC and with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to balance whatever polling we will conduct at the 2023 election.

“The commission for people with disability should also do the same thing to ensure that it partners the NPC and INEC to get data that will guide the commission’s planning, research and statistical activities.

“Securing accurate data of PWDs will go a long way to ensure proper and effective planning for PWDs’ welfare in the country and especially aid INEC’s plans for inclusive general electoral processes in 2023. Mr Ishiyaku Adamu, National President, Nigeria Association of the Blind, urged INEC to uphold its constitutional mandate of ensuring secret ballots for the blind and for inclusive electoral processes for other disability clusters.

According to him, we cannot say that INEC has achieved 100 per cent progress in inclusive electoral processes for PWDs. “Because in terms of inclusion, up till today, we do not practice secret balloting because the only thing INEC makes provision for is to allow a visually impaired person to go to the pulling unit with someone to assist them.

“However, we must recognize that INEC is one of the institutions that we can say have opened their doors to PWDs to access. “But, we want them to ensure that electoral processes is completely inclusive, not only for voting but also inclusive in political parties and other processes and procedures,” he said.

Mr David Anyaele, the Executive Director of the Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), urged PWDs to join political parties and make themselves relevant. Anyaele said that PWDs should get the right knowledge on relevant issues that concerns PWDs and get involved during town hall meetings and other stakeholders forum.

“You cannot become a stakeholder from your room, you must come out and get involved in politics.

“We cannot continue to say we do not have money to join politics and expect our voices to be heard.

“Save money for transportation, go about doing campaigns with a party, aspire and contest for any office and let them know that you are there.

“That is how you become relevant, continue to follow those leading, attend meetings and it is by so doing that the political class will begin to recognize and associate with you,” he said.

He cautioned those without integrity not to indulge or get involved in politics because lack of integrity and lack of loyalty would hinder other PWDS from succeeding in politics.

Other stakeholders at the event lauded the organizers for its consistency in creating a forum for relevant stakeholders to share experience on disability matters and make positive recommendations.

Persons With Disabilities brainstorm on 2023 general elections

…As Centre for Citizens with Disabilities ( CCD) marks 3rd anniversary of the passage of Disability Rights Act

Disability Commission to impact on 31m lives, Group says

From Noah Ebije

Persons With Disabilities (PWD) drawn from all the geopolitical zones of the country by FORD foundation and its partners, Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), non-governmental organisations have converged on Abuja to brainstorm on 2023 general election and the future of Nigerians With Disabilities.

The organisations noted that the PWDs have the fundamental rights to vote and be voted for during the forthcoming general elections in the country.

The 3-day programme also marked the anniversary of the passage of the bill discrimination against persons with disabilities ( Prohibition ) Act, 2018 , which was signed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement made available to Daily Sun, the Executive Director of CCD , Mr David Anyaele applauded the effort of stakeholders who participated in the drafting of the bill and ensuring its passage.

Part of his statement reads; “Despite the facts that Nigeria is among the countries that signed and ratified the United Nations Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities (UNCRPD) , several administration came without Establishing any legal frame work to promote the rights of PWDs”.

“As a result of the negligence, concerned and informed Nigerians with disabilities , Organization of persons with disabilities (OPDs), Civil society organizations (CSOs) and development partners took on the responsibility to drafting the bill and advocating for its passage at the national assembly”.

He said President Muhammadu Buhari finally assented to the bill after several advocacies and lobbying attempt which almost led to the frustration of the bill for over 18 years.

The CCD Director said the annual commemoration of the passage is aimed at bringing together major actors in the disability communities and stake holders to review previous years activities and their impact on PWDs.

“It is also aimed at identifying and building on success stories as well as the gaps that continue to impede the acts for adequate and proper implementation among many others”. He added.

According to the statement, the Minister of State , budget and national Planning, Prince Clem Ikanade Agba , congratulated the Centre and People With Disabilities, saying that the event reflected the need for inclusiveness of (PWDs), “in all works of life knowing fully well the impact of being deprived of rights”.

“The Minister of state for environment, Chief Sharon Ikeazor, who also spoke at the event also congratulated CCD and its partner, the Ford foundation for putting up the programme.

“The minister also acknowledge the long journey of 18years of relentless advocacy by various disability rights groups and activists.

“The Minister revealed that the ministry is working hard towards transiting to a green economy to ensure a conducive environment for the citizenry ,and that persons living with disabilities have a better quality of life”. The statement added.

Stakeholders fault disabilities commission failure to account on stewardship to PWDs

Stakeholders have faulted the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWDs) over failure to give account of its efforts on implementation of the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities Act and the commissions activities.

The stakeholders spoke in Abuja on Friday at the end of the third annual anniversary of the Act.

Mr David Anyaele, Executive Director, Center for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) said that the commission promised to operate in an open and transparent manner, by being inclusive, fair and just to all people.

“It is unfortunate that the executive secretary of the commission failed to attend the programme without cogent reasons.

“The NCPWDs executive secretary committed during the second anniversary to sponsor subsequent anniversary of the disability rights act and use the platform to render account of his stewardship to Nigerians.

“He promised to run an open and transparent commission that will be inclusive, fair and just to everyone.

“However, it is unfortunate that he is not around to give an open account of the activities carried out by the commission in enhancing the lives of approximately 31million PWDs,” Anyaele said.

He promised that the CCD would redouble its efforts in creating awareness and holding programmes that would promote effective implementation of act.

Dr Garba Abari, Director General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), represented by Mrs Grace Mama, PWDs Desk Officer, NOA, commended CCD’s effort towards ensuring implementation of the act.

“I commend CCD for its relentless efforts in gathering the various disability clusters and relevant stakeholders to share experience on disability related matters.

“NOA will continue to promote issues of PWDs by mobilising, creating awareness and sensitising Nigerians on the disability act and other related matters,” Abari said.

Mr Daniel Onwe, President, Association of Lawyers with Disabilities in Nigeria (ALDIN) called for more partnerships to raise awareness on the disability act.

Onwe said that stakeholders should collaborate to produce simplified version of the act for the benefit of average citizens.

Mr Husseini Abdul, Country Director, Care International, said that the Nigerian constitution should be amended to give proper recognition to PWDs in the country.

According to Abdul, Section 42 of the Nigerian constitution provides for the rights to freedom of discrimination based on ethnicity, origin, sex, religion and political freedom.

“However, it expressly failed to make reference to PWDs which is a problem that the country’s constitution does not recognise the most marginalised group,” the country director said.

He added that the entire disability community should hold the commission, NOA and other line government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) responsible for awareness creation on the Act to perform its duties.

Covid-19: Oyo Govt. Distributes First Aid Kits to 250 BESDA Learning Centers

The Oyo State government has distributed COVID-19 first aid kits to Non-Formal Learning Centers, under the Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) programme, saying this is part of its efforts at ensuring rapid response to emergency situations at its learning centers.

Distributing the customized kits to the beneficiaries in Ibadan, the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran, explained that the Board will not rest on its oars towards ensuring that centers are given required support within BESDA provisions.

He added that the gesture was to guarantee necessary first aid treatment when required and prevent avoidable death, while the BESDA programme goes on in the State.

The OYOSUBEB helmsman said the Board is concerned about the promotion of safety and hygienic practice in non-formal learning centers, adding that this will make learners secure and enhance their capacity on compliance to covid-19 protocols.

Dr. Adeniran stressed that the first aid kits would ease the treatment of injuries and sudden illness before the arrival of professional medical care, admonishing the centers to utilize the kits while they comply with covid-19 protocols.

“In view of the nature of the non-formal learning settings, we deem it very significant to equip these centers with first aid kits and covid-19 safety materials because of the children”, he said.

According to him, the kits, which would be supplied in phases to the learning centers, could be used to take care of small wounds, sprain, minor burns and fractures.

Reiterating the commitment of the Seyi Makinde-led administration to the general well-being of learners in the State, the Executive Chairman said two hundred and fifty centers will benefit in the first phase, saying the other centers will be reached out to in the second phase.

He stressed that the Oyo State Government is fully committed to the struggle of returning all out-of-school children back to school, saying they must access free basic and qualitative education.

Also speaking at the event, the BESDA Consultant, Prof. Dupe Adelabu described the provision of the kits as a display of the State Government’s passion for the provision of optimum health care delivery in the state.

She urged beneficiaries to judiciously utilize the kits provided, stressing that the kits were safe and easy to use as they contained only non- prescribed drugs that could be purchased over the counter.

Also speaking, the Co-ordinator, Arabic Institute of Nigeria, Ibadan, Alh. Monsuru Abdulsalam who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries, expressed gratitude to the state government for its efforts at making life more meaningful for the people.