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Web Analytic reports for the month of February 2018

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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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UK wants improved implementation of disability laws in Nigeria

Gill Atkinson, the Deputy High Commissioner, British High Commission has called for the scaling up of effective implementation of disability laws in Nigeria.

Atkinson made the call when people with disabilities under the aegis of Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), a Non-Governmental Organisation visited her on Wednesday in Abuja.

According to her, the legal framework on disabilities in Nigeria are quite good and can do much for you but the implementation is the challenge.

“Part of the challenges in Nigeria is implementing the legal frameworks but attention should equally be paid on cultural barriers and the impact on persons with disabilities,’’ she said.

Earlier, the Executive Director of CCD, Mr David Anyaele, commended the British government for supporting issues concerning people with disabilities in Nigeria.

He, however, solicited the support of the British government in enabling CCD to have a peer learning with their United Kingdom counterparts on disability laws.

According to him, the British government has been our partner on ensuring the mainstreaming of issues concerning people with disabilities in their programmes.

“We feel that interacting with our peers over there will give us knowledge and help us to know some of the success stories they have achieved and areas we should strengthen our focus.

“So, that is why we feel that their support for us to do a study tour on disability movement is critical.

“It will enable us to identify low hanging fruits of knowledge that we can tap into to be able to respond to disability issues in Nigeria,’’ Anyaele said.

Anyele, however, expressed concern that lack of capacity by some Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to effectively comply with disability laws have resulted to increased discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (PWD).

According to him, the National Disability Act (2018) has been weakly enforced in majority of the public institutions in Nigeria.

“Government should adopt a multi-sectoral approach to the task of successfully eliminating the physical, communication, attitudinal, cultural and institutional barriers faced by people with disabilities.

“Specifically, National Commission for Persons with Disabilities saddled with the implementation responsibility should build synergy with MDAs through consistent advocacy to scale up proper implementation of the Act,’’ he said.

While advocating specific yearly budget line for all the concerned line MDAs, Anyaele noted that it would increase efforts toward the inclusion and welfare of PWDs.

“Especially, by prioritising their welfare during health emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic and elections,’’ he added.

Anyaele further urged the National Assembly to evoke its powers to enable proper implementation of the Act.

“The National Assembly should take appropriate measures to ensure that MDAs of the Federal Government implement the National Disability Act through oversight and budgetary approvals,’’ he said.

He also emphasised the need to build the capacity of the MDAs for full optimisation of the Discrimination against Persons with Disability Act (2018).

NAN

Yobe: Gov. Buni Donates 3 Buses To Persons With Disabilties

The Governor of Yobe State, Hon. Mai Mala Buni has donated a Sharon bus, each, to three clusters of PWDs in the State.

The beneficiaries of the Governor’s largesse includes the association of persons with physical disabilities, association of the blind and Deaf association.

The donations were made in part fulfilment of the Governor’s campaign promises.

Governor Buni, while presenting the buses to representatives of each association at the Government house, Damaturu, said he acknowledged the role played by Persons with Disabilities during the 2019 electioneering and their unflinching contribution towards the victory of APC in the State, and Nigeria at large.

The Governor said the 3 buses presented to them will go a long way in easing their activities within and outside the State.

He advised them to be their brother’s keeper and maintain unity of the association.

Buni equally gave appointments to the chairperson of each association as a special assistant.

INN learnt that this is the first time Persons with Disabilities will be given such appointment in the history of Yobe State.

In appreciation of the Governor’s transparent gesture, PWDs from the three associations pledged to conduct their activities in an orderly manner and to mobilize their members in the State to vote the Governor for a second tenure, come 2023. This, they believe, will enable them continue enjoying dividends of his administration.

Lagos neighbourhood officer blinds partygoer, agency disowns suspect

Adelakun

By Segun Adewole

An officer of the Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps has been accused of blinding a man, Quham Adelakun, during a party on Bamgbose Street, Lagos Island, Lagos State.

Trouble started when Adelakun, who lived on the street, tried to enter the venue of the event on Sunday.

However, guards at the event, including the LNSC officer, stopped him after he could not show his invitation card.

An eyewitness, Lateef Shonibare, said an argument ensued between Adelakun and the guards, which resulted in a brawl.

He said, “Quham (Adelakun) was inside the venue but stepped out. As he was about to enter again, two guards stopped him. He was bullied and so he tried to fight back.

“All of a sudden, they started beating him. The best way he could defend himself was to pick up an iron rod. But those officers overpowered him and hit his face with their bats about four times, then he fell down. When he stood up, he tried to defend himself by breaking a bottle. Immediately those officials saw this, they ran away. Quham couldn’t see anything at that point. I tried to calm him down and took the bottle from him.

“Those officers and their leader were saying he stabbed himself in the face. Is that possible? The officers and Quham were all drunk.”

One of the organisers of the event, who did not want his name in print, said he invited the LNSC officer to secure the place because the party was strictly by invitation.

He said, “When the party was about to close, I started to hear a noise. As I went outside to see what was going on, I saw a guy with blood on his face. I asked what happened, and he said somebody injured him.”

He noted that he assisted in rushing the victim to a hospital.

The victim was seen lying on a hospital bed with blood on his face as one of his eyeballs popped out.

The LNSC officer that allegedly attacked Adelakun was identified as Olawale.

A report published by PUNCH Metro revealed that the victim, who was still receiving treatment, confirmed the identity of the LNSC officer.

He said the second official that also beat him was in mufti.

Adelakun stated that the guards prevented him from going into the venue despite his pleas.

He said, “I pleaded with the guard and he said I should enter, which I proceeded to do, but he bounced me back. I had to ask to know why because I had already pleaded before proceeding. There was another guard who was putting on LNSC uniform. I once again pleaded to go inside the venue, but they asked if I knew anyone inside.

“I did not know that they were drunk. The LNSC officer got up and hit me with a stick. I had to ask to know what my offence was because I was surprised at his action. So, as I was leaving the place, I didn’t know that they were pursuing me. As I wanted to run from them, they bundled me and started beating me.”

Adelakun said people at the scene expressed displeasure at the way he was beaten by the LNSC officer and the guard in mufti.

“While trying to run away from their grip, the LNSC officer hit me with a stick in my eye; my eyeball pulled out and I was unable to see,” he added.

Asked if he broke a bottle during the incident, he said, “That is a blatant lie. Two persons brutalising me; what do you expect me to do? I ran away from them. I did not break any bottle. They hit me with a stick. I even wanted to pick something, but I couldn’t because I was weak.”

The LNSC, in a statement on Wednesday, said the deployment of the officer did not follow due process.

The statement read in part, “The standard practice is for citizens requiring the services of the agency to communicate their desire in writing to the headquarters of the agency, from where an approval is communicated formally to the command responsible for such deployment. This was not followed and subject to the above, the agency is termed to be unaware of the deployment and subsequently cannot account for the actions or inactions of the officer in question.

“That there is a need to ascertain the real facts of the incident with a view to dealing with the matter appropriately. In this regard, an ad hoc investigation panel has been instituted to conduct a thorough investigation and make appropriate recommendations to the agency.

“The incident is unpalatable and the agency expresses its deepest unhappiness at it, while it wishes to implore the general public to kindly remain calm pending the completion of the investigation in order to ensure justice is served.”

CVR: 71,998 PWDs registered as INEC fresh registration hits 10.4m

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says fresh registration in the ongoing nationwide Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) has hit 10,487,972 as at 7 a.m., on July 4.

The commission disclosed this in its Quarter four, week 12 update released in Abuja on Wednesday.

The commission also disclosed that 9,455,198 registrants completed their registrations, out of which 3,314,169 registered through online and 6,141,029 registrants did physical registration.

The gender breakdown of the figure indicates that 4,682,036 of the registrants who completed their registrations are males, while 4,773,162 are females, of which 71,998 are Persons With Disabilities (PWDs)

It also revealed that 6,698,446 of the registrants were youths; 1,894,39 were of middle age between 18 and 34 years; 758,300 – the elderly between 50 to 69 years while 104,056 were the old from 70 years and above.

The commission also disclosed that it had so far received 25,056,633 applications including those for voter transfer, requests for replacement of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), update of voter information record, among others.

ES NCPWD Advocates For Better Inclusion Of PWDs In The Ongoing CVR By INEC

The Executive Secretary National Commission for Persons With Disabilities, Mr James David Lalu has advocated for more inclusion and Participations of Persons With Disabilities in the Continuous Voters Registration being conducted by the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC).

Lalu gave this charge while receiving a delegation from Inclusive friends recently in Abuja.

The ES commended the efforts of the group for making themselves watchdogs while ensuring the protection of the rights of PWDs especially, to exercise their franchise without borders.

“Persons With Disabilities will continue to exhibit their abilities in various spheres of life irrespective of their conditions” he said.

He further assured the team of his support on whatever project they venture into in future, so far it is for the benefit of Persons with Disabilities across board.

The Commission’s Boss frowned at the recent figures of PWDs presented by INEC in the on- going Continuos Voters Registration where about 63,000 of them reflected as recently captured on the INEC’s register.

“Our population is far beyond 25 million and I can assure you that where the PWDs swing their votes, that candidate will emerge victorious” the ES asserted.

Filled with appreciation, the spokesperson of the delegation, Miss Grace Jerry applauded the ES for making his office accessible even within a short notice.

She seized the platform to underscore the importance of capturing the accurate data of Persons With Disabilities other than the speculative figures by some organizations.

She added that only by so doing could PWDs have proper representation in the affairs of the state.

Grace also informed the meeting of the proposed Press Conference for sensitizing PWDs on the modalities to get involved in the electioneering process as the nation prepares for general elections in 2023.

Eye-care delivery to top discussions at NOA’s 45th annual conference

Discussions on eye care delivery issues at all levels of health care, advocacy campaigns on eye health to target audiences, as well as discussions on organized optometry practice and training will be on the front burner at the forthcoming 45th Annual Conference, Vision Expo and Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Optometric Association (NOA).

The event, scheduled for 12th-16th July, 2022, will see over 2,000 optometrists, other eye care practitioners and industry stakeholders from within and outside Nigeria gather at the International Conference Centre in Abuja, Nigeria’s federal capital.

Themed “Leveraging Partnership to Transform Optometry and Eye Care in West Africa”, the event will include scientific sessions on research findings, innovations and advances in eye care by optometrists and other major players in the eye care industry.

The NOA, in a statement signed by Dr. Adesuwa Agbontaen, Chairman, Conference Organizing Committee, said the event will feature a broad exhibition showcasing products and services by no fewer than 100 different exhibitors from reputable industries and companies across the globe. This will provide a large platform for knowledge sharing, networking, business and acquisition of professional products and technologies to improve optometry practice and service delivery in Nigeria. Exhibitors and participants will also be eligible to make presentations.

“These annual events also afford optometrists and other conference delegates the opportunity for socio-cultural understanding of cities and cultures in Nigeria, as well as business and social interactions among others,” the statement said.

According to the statement, one of the unique features of this year’s conference will be the NOA Raffle Draw where participants, exhibitors and others who purchase raffle tickets stand a chance to win several prizes during the raffle draw event.

Dr. Agbontaen said the NOA Conference has over the years grown to become Africa’s biggest gathering of eye care professionals with vast opportunities to explore across the various spectrum of endeavours. Key people of influence across the world now explore the platform to get their messages, as relates to eye care and public health, across, seeing the enormous publicity the event generates on the various media platforms and the public at large.

Highlighting some of the key advocacy issues that NOA has been concerned with, the statement said nearly 300 million people around the world are blind, about 90 percent of them live in developing countries, and nearly 7 million of them are in Nigeria; almost 40 percent of people in the world live with visual disabilities; and in Nigeria, close to 50 million persons have some form of visual disability, limiting their ability to work, learn or play.

The NOA said the massive brain drain of eye care professionals and other health care professionals from Nigeria to other countries has worsened the burden of blindness statistics in the country, and called on the government to urgently address the issues surrounding the plight of healthcare workers in Nigeria in order to give the country a fighting chance to avoid an impending blindness epidemic.

Obinna Awiaka, NOA president, said the association would continue to do its best to ensure better eye care delivery in the country.

“As eye care professionals, we will continue to give our best to help change the narrative, and we are calling on all potential stakeholders to come join us as we seek to leverage on partnerships to improve eye health care delivery in Nigeria; hence our theme for this programme, ‘Leveraging on Partnerships to Transform Optometry and Eye Care in West Africa’,” Dr. Awiaka said.

He thanked all those who have partnered with NOA over the years, saying with their partnership, NOA has been able to provide free eye care services in over 100 locations in Nigeria in the last 10 years, reaching over 500,000 persons in the process.

The NOA president called on business owners, researchers, and individuals to attend the conference and leverage the NOA platform and innovative eye care industry potential.

NOA is the prime umbrella association of all licensed optometrists in Nigeria numbering over 5,000 across the country’s 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and the representative all Optometric interest groups in Nigeria.

Nigerians in U.S. alert FG on scarcity of passport booklets

Nigerians in New York, U.S, have written the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola on the scarcity of passport booklets in Nigerian Consulates and embassy in the U.S.

In the letter, jointly signed by Mr Francis James, a board member of the Organisation for the Advancement of Nigerians (OAN, inc) and other leaders of 16 Nigerian associations, they expressed the frustration Nigerians went through to get their passports.

A copy of the letter, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York, stated the frustration by Nigerians applying for passports in its missions in the U.S. due to lack of passport booklets.

NAN reports that OAN had on June 29, held a virtual Town Hall meeting to discuss the challenges Nigerians faced in getting their passports and deliberated on ways to address the challenges.

OAN had summoned the meeting based on the information that prior to June 28, passport issuance had stopped for four weeks at the Consulate in New York, according to James, OAN liaison with the Nigeria Consulate in New York.

The meeting agreed that a letter would be written to the minister of interior and other key relevant officials to communicate the three-point resolutions from the meeting.

Meanwhile, Aregbesola, had on June 16 denied shortage of passport booklets in Nigeria, saying the country was contending with “human challenges”.

“We are requesting your Excellency to work together with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama and facilitate the provision of adequate passport booklets.

“This will enable the Consulate in New York to clear the backlogs at all processing locations and ensure that Passport processing from application to issuance is completed within a reasonable time frame of not more than three months.

“The ministry should expand the number of available appointments on the central portal to at least 100 each day, or to the number each Embassy or Consulate has the capacity to handle.

“It should also hold Innovate1, the vendor managing the payment portal, accountable to improve their service and deliver a more customer friendly platform to Nigerians,’’ it stated.

According to them, by taking the three steps, the Nigerian Community will be well served and there will be little or no friction at missions, noting that Nigerians will be very proud of their Embassies and Consulates.

“Nigerian Consulate in New York has come a long way in improving consular services to the Nigerian community, and we would hate to see all their efforts go to waste.

“OAN, Inc. and other Nigerian Organisations have worked diligently with the Consulate in New York to improve the delivery of consular services to Nigerians who need such services and the Consular officers have responded very well to Nigerians seeking their services.’’

The organisations emphaised that there were tremendous service improvements in the New York Consulate before the shortage of passport booklets set in.

“Unfortunately, all the service gains made over several months in the past are in jeopardy of being lost, due to the consistent chronic shortage of passport booklets.

“When booklets are eventually released, the number is grossly inadequate to serve the large number of applicants.

“If this shortage of passport booklets should continue, we are afraid that the safety of the Consulate officials as well as the Nigeria House, New York and other Nigerian Missions in the United States may be in grave danger.

“The recent unwarranted aggression towards our fellow citizens working in our Consulates is not an aberration. It is the product of consistent Consulate’s inability to provide basic consular services to them.’’

In addition, they condemned in strongest term, the needless suffering of Nigerians due to the constant shortage of passport booklets, adding that it was a basic service that any government can effortlessly deliver to her citizens.

Confirming the development, an official at the consulate, who pleaded anonymity, told NAN that the mission received 2,000 booklets on June 29 and had resumed its passport issuance immediately after stopping for four weeks.

The source confirmed that the consulate had a backlog of 7,000 passports to clear, and that a steady supply of 2,500 booklets monthly, would be enough to meet the needs of its citizens in New York.

According to the source, the consulate normally receives 1,000 booklets monthly sometimes 500, explaining that insufficient booklets is responsible for the backlog.

(NAN)

Mothers of children with cerebral palsy get business grants, skills

Ten mothers of children with cerebral palsy have been empowered with business grants and skills by Mandela Washington Fellows through the Cross-Cohort Collaboration Initiative (CCCI).

In May 2022, Racheal Inegbedion (2021 Mandela Washington Fellow) and Tobiloba Ajayi (2016 Mandela Washington Fellow) won the CCCI grant of 1.5 million Naira to implement the “Empowered Mothers, Thriving Children Cohort 4” which aims to alleviate poverty and promote inclusive economic opportunities for 10 low-income mothers of children and youths with Cerebral Palsy across South West Nigeria.

Also, the project helps to strengthen the educational outcomes of 10 children and youths with cerebral palsy through STEM and Robotics Learning.

After a competitive process of screening and interviews of applicants across Nigeria, 10 mothers with children with Cerebral Palsy were selected for a two weeks capacity building training where they learnt Small Business Development Skills that includes financial management, accounting, budgeting and bookkeeping, interest rate calculation, tracking household inflows and outflows, customer relationship skills, investment after sales, access to financial information platforms and business pitch skills.

They were also equipped with digital marketing skills such as Facebook/Instagram/Whatsapp Campaigns, Email marketing and online branding.

The beneficiaries pitched their businesses in the presence of a panel of judges from the Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Association of Nigeria who assessed their business pitch. The judges were Ahmed Adetola-Kazeem (2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumnus), Timi Olagunju (2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumnus) and Seun Shogoloye (2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumna) and Omowonuola Akintunde (the Financial Director of the Special Needs Initiative for Growth).

The children were exposed to activities in STEM by the special needs educators who also showed the mothers some activities that can be replicated at home with the children after school hours.

Ogundare Grace Tolulope, the first place winner of the business pitch was awarded a mobile smartphone and small enterprise grant. The second and third place Winners in the persons of Obaikhena Vivian and Olajide Rebecca Abimbola were awarded small enterprise grants and other prizes.

The seven other participants also received enterprise grants for their businesses. For the 10 children/youths with cerebral palsy, they were provided learning materials of STEM and Robotic Kits to enrich their learning at home and at school.

In representation of the United Mission in Nigeria, the YALI/Mandela Washington Fellowship Coordinator, Austin Emeanua stated that the project is an investment in the young Nigerian leaders such as Racheal Inegbedion and Tobiloba Ajayi who are spearheading the project to encourage them as they continue to empower women so that they can acquire financial literacy and business skills to manage their entrepreneurial activities and provide a better livelihood for their children with cerebral palsy.

PWDs: Groups Sign MoU To Promote Inclusion

Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) and The Albino Foundation (TAF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and other marginalised groups in the society.

The National President of NAWOJ, Mrs Ladi Bala, said during the signing of the legal documents on Tuesday in Abuja, that the MoU would give more visibility to issues affecting PWDs and other vulnerable groups in the country.

Bala says journalists are critical stakeholders in advancing the cause of governance, hence will use their platforms to create space that will highlight and bring necessary changes on issues affecting PWDs.

She added that “our role is to create visibility on their issues and we also need to galvanise the society to see them as normal human beings with equal rights.

“They should not be looked down on, their rights should not be trampled upon and their dignity should be upheld.

“We are concerned about that and because we have the platform and as part of our constitutional responsilities as watchdog
of the society, we decided to build the capacity of journalists nationwide to understand issues on PWDs.

“This is because when they understand it better, they will be able to craft their messages in such a manner that it will elicit the kind of response from the members of the society.

“We should conscientise the society and mobilise them to give the necessary support to these people, give them their space and their rights must be respected and their dignity upheld,” she said.

According to her, the association has over 15,000 members nationwide; hence it will highlight issues of PWDs on their media spaces.

She, however, explained that inadequate funding had been a bane in achieving some of its goals, and urged development partners and other stakeholders to support the organisation.

Mr Jake Epelle, the Founder of TAF, said the MoU was apt, as it would further highlight issues affecting PWDs and ensure full implementation of the Disability Act.

Epelle added that the newly inaugurated members of the Journalists for Disability Inclusion would ensure increased
visibility on inclusion for marginalised members of the society.

Esme Stuart, Programme Manager on Gender and Human Rights, European Union (EU), reiterated the commitment of the commission to ensure the rights of PWDs were respected.

She said “disability rights are key priority and the EU has a disability rights inclusion strategy that focuses not only on our programme but ensures disability inclusion in our organisation.

“Today’s signing of MoU brings in two key priorities for the EU, including women’s rights, gender equality and the rights of PWDs.

“We are working to make it more inclusive, not only because it is a human rights but we believe it makes the society better and
more inclusive.”

Mr Chris Isiguzo, the National President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), said the MoU would enable the media to
prioritise issues affecting PWDs like the disability act and its level of implementation.

He said “now the media will begin to talk about PWDs because we are talking about a group of persons that cannot talk for themselves.

“Now the media will become their voice and begin to talk about issues that concern them and these are the primary essence of the partnership between NAWOJ and The Albino Foundation.

“NAWOJ will begin to galvanise support from the media community, affiliate organisations so that the essence of this partnership will not be lost.”

(NAN)

Vacancy: CSF To Hire Services Of A Consultant For Gombe Project

The Cedar Seed Foundation (CSF) is a disability/youth led non-governmental, non-profit and non-sectarian membership based development organization.

It has as its mission the provision of services which supports participation of Persons with Disabilities in all aspects of societal life.

The Cedar Seed mission is being achieved by mainstreaming the issues and concerns of Persons with Disabilities into national development agenda based on the United Nations Convention on the Right of Persons with Disabilities.

Its objectives are to: strengthen the capacity of Persons with Disabilities and promote gender equality by creating awareness on the rights of PWDs and gender equality and social inclusion. It collaborates with key stakeholders to establish linkages for access to social services.

The Organization is currently looking to hire an expert consultant to develop and provide third-party monitoring and engagement of the Gombe State Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Budget and Planning for the USAID through State2State Revive Initiative: Advocating and Promoting the Implementation of National Policy on Inclusive Education in Gombe State.

Interested applicants should apply by submitting curriculum vitae and through Cedar Seed Foundation email address. cedarseedfoundation@gmail.com.
The word “Consultant” should be used as subject of the mail.

UBEC disburses N4.3bn for special needs education

UBEC

By Deborah Tolu-Kolawole

A total of N4,257,638,624.66 was disbursed to the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory for the education of children with special needs within three years.

This was contained in a document obtained from the Universal Basic Education Commission by our correspondent in Abuja on Monday.

The National Policy on Education, designed by the Federal Ministry of Education, categorises children with visual and hearing impairments, physical and health impairment, intellectual disability, emotional and behavioural disorder, speech and language impairments, learning disabilities, multiple disabilities, gifted and talented as well as people with albinism as people of special needs.

In the document sighted by our correspondent, UBEC noted that it disbursed a total of N4,257,638,624.66 between 2016 and 2018.

It, however, stated that the document was its latest.

In 2016, each state and the FCT got N47,942,799.68 each, while in 2017, states and FCT obtained N30,400,600 each.

The disbursement was increased in 2018, with each state and the FCT obtaining a total of N36,727,914.50 each.

Speaking in an interview with The PUNCH, an education advocate and convener, CareerEdu Foundation, Toluwalase Adeniyi, said, “If these states access these funds, they can easily find ways to get equipment and things that will make learning for these children easier. Education for special needs is not simple; it is not just about learning ABC. That is why we talk about the quality of the teachers.

“It is a glorified service. There are teachers who want to get involved but the government itself is not ready to pay much. It is a sector that, if not talked about, they (government) might not even remember it.”

Data from the Federal Ministry of Education notes that special needs schools in Nigeria exist as full-fledged special needs schools, that is they enrol only students with special needs; and inclusive schools (all categories of students, including those with special needs).

So far, only 1,177 full-fledged special needs schools exist in the country with Kano (153), Kaduna (79) and Lagos (75) having the highest number of special needs schools.

The country currently has 33,603 inclusive schools with Kano State leading with 3,522 schools; Kaduna State with 2,296 and Katsina State with 2,096.

NGO tasks Kaduna govt on out-of-school children, free education

A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), the Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP), has called on the Kaduna State Government to strengthen efforts toward reducing the out-of-school children in the state.

The NGO Programme Director, Pamela Okoroigwe, said in a statement in Kaduna on Tuesday, that government must also not lose sight of implementing its free education policy for primary and secondary school students.

Okoroigwe commended the state government for its efforts in advancing free basic education and investment in education reforms.

She noted that the reforms had yielded tremendous benefits, particularly in infrastructure development in public schools.

She stressed the need for government to do more in the enrolment and retention of children in schools, especially girls.

Okoroigwe equally commended the state government for imposing ban on hawking, describing the move as a measure of getting children of school age off the streets and working with the Education Marshal (Edumarshal) to reduce truancy.

She urged government to take further steps to evaluate the effectiveness of the Edumarshal and strengthen their mandate to effectively discharge their duties.

The programme director also urged government to equally implement the provisions of the Universal Basic Education (UBE) Act, 2004 and eradicate all forms of hidden fees demanded by schools in the state.

“This will not only mitigate high school dropout rates but also will in the long run advance the development indices of the state.

“In similar vein, LEDAP is encouraging education officials and stakeholders not to rest on their oars in guaranteeing access to free, safe, basic and quality education for children in the state.

“We further urged government to commit more resources to education through increased budgeting and funding in a gender sensitive and inclusive manner,” Okoroigwe said.

The programme director recalled that LEDAP had in 2017 obtained a judgment where a Federal Court declared free, compulsory and universal basic education an enforceable and justiciable human right.

She said that the judgment also affirmed that every Nigerian child had the constitutional right to free and quality basic education.

“As part of efforts to bridge the yawning gap in access to education, particularly in Northern Nigeria, LEDAP with the support of Malala Fund has since 2018 been advocating the implementation of the UBE Act.

“The advocacy is also to increase access to free, quality, safe basic education for children in Northern states that constitute the over 13.5 million out-of-school children in Nigeria,” she said.

Okoroigwe noted the barriers to education in Nigeria, ranging from poor implementation of education laws, such as the UBE Act, funding challenges, amongst others.

She said that LEDAP was supporting governments’ efforts in its project states to develop guidelines for the implementation of the UBE Act and state laws where applicable and reviewed education policies.

“We are also improving the understanding of education officials on the provisions of the UBE Act, developed advocacy tools to draw critical attention to issues in the education sector,” she said.

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Lalu Extols Gov. Ganduje, Commends Appointments Of PWDs To Key Government Positions

The ES NCPWD Mr James David Lalu and the ES SEMA kano State Dr. Aliyu Jili.

The Executive Secretary, National Commission for Persons with Disabilities Mr. James David Lalu has extolled the virtues of the Executive Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and commended him for his interest in the welfare of Persons with Disabilities and the appointments of two PWDs in the Kano State government.

The ES made this commendation in Abuja while receiving in audience the Executive Secretary, Kano State Emergency Management Agency, Dr. Saleh Aliyu Jili who was in Abuja on a working visit to the Commission on Tuesday 5th July, 2022.

Lalu in Addition, appreciated the Governor for the free education as well as free access to health care accorded to Persons with Disabilities in the State.

“Kano State is very strategic to the Commission as it has the highest concentration of PWDs in Nigeria. The Commission will do whatever it can to assist the government of the State to achieve its set goals for the community in the state, especially the Skill Acquisition centre for the PWDs which of course, is presently facing some sectoral challenges” he said.

He expressed his pleasure with the visit of the ES SEMA and extended his appreciation to Senator Jubril Buwea whom he said has been of immense help to PWDs both in Kano State and Abuja.

The ES NCPWD, however stated that a delegation would be despatched from the Commission to the Skill Acquisition Centre kano to ascertain the level of the challenges on ground which will enable the Commission make the expected input.

In his response the Executive Secretary SEMA expressed his delight and astonishment over the Commission’s achievements in a record time since its creation.

He further commended Lalu for his leadership style of open door policy which he described as exemplary and worthy of emulation. He also praised the tenacious and positive grip Kano State Governor has on PWDs in the state which has placed the community in a central position in the leadership of Kano state.

The ES SEMA also regretted the paucity of funds to uplift the dying state of the Skill Acquisition Centre and called on the Commission to extend a helping hand.

“We are soliciting for a hand from the Commission to help augment what we are getting from the State government”

No exams on Sallah day, says NECO

NECO Exam

The National Examinations Council (NECO) said there will be a free examination week starting from July 8 to July 13.

“The National Examinations Council (NECO) wishes to state that it has not scheduled any examination for Saturday 9th July, 2022,” NECO spokesperson Azeez Sani, said in a statement

“This is contrary to insinuations in some quarters that the Council has scheduled examination for 9th July 2022, which is Sallah Day (Eid- Adha).

“Conscious of the importance of religious festivals, the Council has always made adequate provision for such in fixing examination dates.

“The Council has given a whole examination free week, beginning from Friday, 8th July to Wednesday, 13th July, 2022 in the On-going Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) for School based candidates to enable Muslim faithful have enough time to celebrate the festival.

“It would be recalled that the 2022 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) for School based Candidates commenced on 27th June, and will end on 12th August, 2022.”

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) had urged NECO to shift its examination date because it coincides with the first day of the eid-el-Adha (Sallah) celebration.

Sani said NECO is conscious of the importance of religious festivals and has made adequate provision for such in fixing examination dates.

ICWWA to FG: Integrate PWD’s, prioritise health needs

By Ene Oshaba

The International Community of Women Living With HIV, West Africa (ICWWA) has called on the government to prioritise the integration of Inadequately Served Population (ISP) such as People With Disability (PWD’s) into the society.

Its also stressed the need for the establishment of policies and training of healthcare providers that will prioritise their special needs into existing healthcare services.

This formed the core of a zoom discussion at a national dialogue meeting with policy makers and duty bearers in Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone organized by ICW WA to review and strengthen Covid-19 response programme for ISP’s in West Africa.

The Dialogue tasked policy makers and duty bearers on a review and update of the anti-discriminatory and patients’ rights act and laws, stressing also the need for an active support policies for inclusion and meaningful engagement of women, youths, PWD’s and other special needs citizens in all decision making spaces, planning and implementation.

Regional Director of ICW WA Assumpta Reginald Ukam, said it was paramount for the federal government to enable accessibility for PWD’s urging Nigeria to take a cue from other West African countries with deliberate and intentional strategy for disability inclusion.

Ukam, stressed the need for sign language interpreters on TV for the hearing impaired, accessible buildings and parking lots at government agencies, banks, shopping malls amongst others, saying that PWD’s deserved a more dignified life than the beggarly status the society place on them.

“There are no sign language interpreters on national TV like we see in other African countries and having that is inclusivity because everyone will be well informed. Offices, banks, shopping malls should be accessible to PWD’s because they are part of the society too,” she said.

“We should not always assume that PWD’s are beggers rather we should advocate for an enabling and inclusive environment for them else Nigeria would be left behind in growth,” she said.

Earlier, representative of the National Commission of PWD’s Nikky Akinbola, stressed the need for the protection and safety of special needs citizens, urging the importance of confidentiality of their health challenges by health workers.

“PWD’s face double jeopardy discrimination and stigmatization due to their disabilities and one or more health challenges when they rather deserve more attention and care. During covid-19 some couldn’t assess the responses and vaccines and so PWD’s living with HIV couldn’t declare their due to stigmatization.

“Policies that speaks against stigma will go a long in helping PWD-HIV access health services and ensuring their confidentiality especially at youth centers will help them open up,” she said.

Meanwhile, the representative of the Center for Disease Control in Nigeria Dr. Yahaya Disu, assured of collaboration with relevant agencies in enabling lasting solutions to health challenges of PWD’s, noting that the center develop messages to target audience for public awareness and sensitization.

The dialogue further appealed to the media to facilitate discussions on national HIV/AIDS policy documents and laws against stigma and discrimination in the country.

“Media should take these small actions with lots of Inadequately Served Population for big change by letting the world know the issues and what needs to be done,” it stressed.