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Gov. Buni lunches strategic empowerment for people with disability, to send 20 undergraduates on oversea scholarship.


By Joel duku blog

In complaince  with inclusivity in governance, Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni has ordered the inclusion of 20 students of physically challenged status to be included in the on going    scholarship scheme to indigent Yobe State Students.

The orders of the governor is contained in a statement signed by the Northeast Zonal Special Leader of All Progressive Congress(APC) Comrade Mohammed Abba Isa who is also a member of the Yobe State Technical Committee on the revitalization of Education in the State..

The statement which described Gov. Mai Mala Buni as the ‘Mater of Inclusion the scholarship will only cater for the physically challenged students who passed their WAEC with five credits including English and Mathematics who will be heading to a Turkish university for their studies after the selection process.

The Statement however announced that students with visually impaired and the one with hearing impairment will not be considered for this time but called on them to be patient as they would be considered in the next batch.

Comrade Isa also expressed gratitude on behalf of his people to the governor for giving them the opportunity, while calling on other states to emulate from Gov. Mai Mala Buni.

The Statement reads in full:

 “This is to inform the members of National Association of Persons with Physical Disability (NAPWPD) Yobe state chapter, that His Excellency the most disability friendly Governor, Governor Mai Mala Buni the executive governor of Yobe State has approved the selection of twenty (20) Persons with physical disability across all local government of the state who passed with 5 credit including Maths and English in their O’level for immediate consideration for traveling to Turkey for their university studies under Yobe State Undergraduate Scholarship Program.

“While we commend his Excellency’s gesture for this wonderful opportunity we also want to use this opportunity to inform other disability clusters visually impaired, Hearing impaired and others that, the selection would be done in batches as such subsequently other clusters would be considered.

“Conclusively, while this remains first of its kind in the State and the entire country we encourage other state to learn from the good gesture of master of inclusion himself.

“We remain grateful and May Allah SWA guide you in achieving your good vision to the people of Yobe State Amen”.

 Analyst observed that the governor’s initiative  to give such an opportunity to people with disability is one strategic investment that would have a long term effect on the empowerment of people with special needs in the society.

Persons with disabilities laud Gov. Mai Mala Buni as he shares sallah packages to Pwds in Yobe State.


Persons with disabilities in Yobe State have lauded His Excellency, Gov. Mai Mala Buni, for his kind gestures as he shares sallah packages among special people to mark the Eid Mubarak day on Wednesday, 7th August, 2019 in the state.

INN can report from source that the Yobe state Governor, Mai Mala Buni distributed 5000 food items to elderly people, windows and the indigenes within the communities across the state which also include people with disabilities.

Governor Mai Mala Buni, who was represented by the Executive Secretary of State Emergency Management Agency, Goje Mohammed, while flagging off the distribution in Buni Yadi, said the gesture was to meet the food need of aged persons who could not farm or sustain their means of livelihood and the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) that first returned to their liberated ancestral homes in Buni Yadi, Buni Gari and Kukuwa towns.


The governor added that each of these beneficiaries are going home with 50kg of rice, 20kg of sorghum and 5 litres of cooking oil.
“This will at least put food on their tables and bring succour to their lives,” he explained.  

Thanking the governor, on behalf of Pwds, for his kind gesture was Com Mohammed Abba Isa the APC Zonal Disabled Leader Northeast Nigeria.
He described the governor as the master of inclusion, the architect of modern Yobe state and the most disability friendly governor.

Mohammed Abba distributing food items to Pwds.

In his words, “we wish to register our profound gratitude and unreserved appreciation to the MASTER OF INCLUSION, the architect of modern Yobe state, the most disability friendly Governor His Excellency Mai Mala Buni the executive Governor of Yobe state for not only identifying with us but recognising us as key stakeholders in the project of building new Yobe state….” “Sir, your singular act of including us as beneficiaries and worthy recipient of Sallah gift (Food items) Has indeed proven your desire for good living conditions for persons with disabilities in the state”, the elated Abba Isa said.

“We say thank you and we would continue to pray for your successful Hajj, and Allah’s grace upon you to come back and continue your good work. We remain grateful”, he concluded.

NGO wants govt. to produce documents, educational materials in braille


By Philip Daniel Yatai

The Knowledge for the Blind Initiative, an NGO, on Wednesday urged government at all levels to reproduce public documents and educational materials in braille to meet the needs of the blind.

Its Executive Director, Mr. Andrew Gani-Ikilama, told the Nigeria News Agency in Kaduna, that the step would strengthen government’s quest for inclusive education and governance.

Gani-Ikilama also said that the measure would also increase access to information and career choices among the blind and people with low vision in the country.

He noted that, although government was making efforts to ensure no one was left behind in governance, education and political space, the blind were still being discriminated in terms of access to information, academic materials and career choices.

“For example, the blind cannot access government public documents because they were not reproduced in braille.

“This make access to information and participation in governance very difficult for the blind.

“They were also forced to study certain courses in tertiary institutions because the study materials were not in braille, thereby denying them the opportunity to pursue their educational dream in life.

“It is important to note that access to information and education is a right and not a privilege.

“Therefore, government at all levels must consider the needs of the blind when producing public documents and educational materials, including programmes of event during public gatherings,” he said.

He disclosed that the NGO has set up a braille production centre in Kaduna, the first in the country, with the capacity to produce maps, diagrames and other symbols for the blind.

Gani-Ikilama explained that the equipment was donated by Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation to improve access to information and education by the blind and those with low vision in the country.

“The centre will support the production of newspapers, government documents and educational books in braille for the blind to pursue their educational career in any university or polytechnic in the country.

“There was a lady in this country that wanted to study physiotherapy but ended up studying law, because the study materials were not in braille.

“My father is blind, and he studied physiotherapy in England because the study materials were reproduced in braille.

“He worked as a physiotherapist at LagosUniversity Teaching Hospital and Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital before he retired. This is now very possible for the blind in this country,” he added.

He commended the DFID-funded Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn, Kaduna State Office, for supporting the Disability Community to push for the passage of Disability Bill in Kaduna state.

He, however, pointed out that the draft bill was not produced in braille for the blind community to go through and make necessary observations and input.

“We are here to fill-in such gaps and to ensure that no blind person in this country is denied the right to information and the right to make certain choices due to lack of vision,” the director said.

Deaf pupils in England struggle at every stage of school, report finds


By Sally Weale Education correspondent

Campaigners say children face ‘lifetime of being left behind’ amid cuts to support services

Deaf pupils in England are struggling “at every stage of their education”, with fewer than half leaving school with two A-levels, compared with almost two-thirds of their hearing peers, according to new analysis.

The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) analysed government data and found that 44% of deaf pupils achieve two A-levels or equivalent, compared with 63% of hearing pupils.

Fewer than three-quarters of them (73%) will gain five GCSEs or equivalent by the age of 19, compared with 88% of hearing pupils. If English and maths are included, that figure goes down to just over half (52%) of deaf pupils and three-quarters (76%) of their hearing classmates.

The analysis was published before A-level results day on Thursday, when deaf pupils are expected to significantly underachieve again, with similar disappointing results expected for GCSE students the following week.

“Deaf children arrive at school with amazing potential only to begin a lifetime of being left behind,” said Susan Daniels, the chief executive of NDCS. “While some of them are achieving incredible results and going on to their dream jobs, these results show that many more are being completely failed by the system on which they rely.”

The attainment gap between deaf children and hearing children is evident before pupils start secondary school at the age of 11. Fewer than half (43%) reach the expected standard for reading, writing and maths at key stage 2 (KS2) at the end of primary school, compared with three-quarters (74%) of other children.

At KS1, when children are aged seven and under, deaf children are trailing, with just over half (53%) reaching the expected standard compared with 84% of their hearing classmates.

Campaigners say deaf education has been blighted by deep cuts to support services and are calling on the education secretary, Gavin Williamson, to introduce a bursary to train hundreds of new specialist teachers.

“For years the deepening crisis in deaf education has been brushed off with the government pretending it didn’t exist,” said Daniels. “However, the government’s own data now shows in black and white how dire the situation is for deaf children. Every child deserves the chance to shine at school, and deaf children are no exception.”

Kirsten Clark-Lyons’ seven-year-old daughter Indi was born with severe high-frequency hearing loss and uses hearing aids and a radio aid. Her mother said: “Ever since she started school we’ve had to fight. She’s making progress this year, but this is the first time in her academic life.

“The school try, I just don’t think they really know what they’re doing. They think that because she has hearing aids that everything is fine, but it’s not like a pair of glasses. She doesn’t instantly get perfect hearing.

“People keep talking about secondary schools. I don’t know where she’s going to go. I don’t know how she’s going to cope.”

A Department for Education spokesperson said: “The percentage of pupils with a hearing impairment achieving a grade 4 or above in GCSE English and mathematics has increased in recent years.

“We want to support all pupils to fulfil their potential in school, however, and we know there is more to do to support those with additional needs, which is why we have increased high-needs funding from £5bn in 2013 to £6.3bn this year.”

My father hated me because I’m deaf but I made it- Adefala Alaba

Adefala Alaba speaking on challenges facing persons with disabilities during the session.

The Voice for the Deaf Foundation executive director, Adefala Alaba at a recent event held in Lagos spoke on how he made it in life despite the odds and even with his father discriminating him on account of his been Deaf.

In a program organised by Strategy for Mentoring Initiative and Leadership Empowerment (S.M.I.L.E) in partnership with United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Alaba, who is a Deaf person, spoke on how his father had hated him and was less attentive towards his needs when compared to his other family members because he is deaf.

Narrating his ordeal, Alaba said, “after realizing the situation I was in, I had to think and change my life. I learnt and worked as a carpenter to sponsor myself through college. It was hard but I made it through”.

He enjoined persons with disabilities to maintain positive mindset on the issue of life, “…be a positive thinker, remove any negative thinking, work hard on your own and don’t depend on anyone in life. Always sit down and think on how to move your life forward then you will be great”, he adviced.

A family man for that matter, he is currently married and blessed with three young children; and works with Redeemed Christian Church of God, Christchurch parish, in Gbagada, Lagos,

Alaba founded an organization called “Voice for the Deaf Foundation” in 2011. The organization focus on ensuring that the fundamental right of the deaf person is adequately protected and defended and to create in the deaf person a sense of vision.

Ghana Federation Of Disability Gets Mobility Aids From Hon. Lawyer Barbara Oteng-Gyasi.


The Member of Parliament (MP) for Prestea Huni-valley constituency Hon. Lawyer Barbara Oteng-Gyasi(Mrs.) has donated mobility aids to the Prestea Huni-valley chapter of the Ghana Federation of Disability Organisation.

The donation which is an annual gesture by the MP as part of her empowerment agenda for persons with disabilities in her area was held at Bogoso on Sunday, August 11.

Members of the federation had fun as they were served with lots of food and drinks after interacting with the MP.

Addressing the gathering, Mrs. Oteng-Gyasi indicated that the input of persons with disabilities into Ghana’s growth is equally important and that she will continue to prioritize the needs of her constituents especially persons with disability to function effectively.

The items included 24 wheelchairs and 20 Cannes.

The MP who also doubles as Minister for Tourism, and culture and Creative art said she will continue to create policies and opportunities for all by establishing members economically, so they can fend for themselves.

She announced a twenty thousand (₵20,000) grant facility from the Obaapa Micro Loan Scheme to ensure the majority of members of the federation access funds to help them scale up their various businesses.

The minister said “President Akufo-Addo is committed to the welfare of the disabled that is why he has increased the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF) for persons with disabilities from 2% to 3% to create an enabling environment.”

Mrs. Oteng-Gyasi emphasized that, the Ministry of Business Development is focusing a great deal of its attention on improving on the quality of services and support to persons with disabilities in the country to help achieve inclusive growth to enhance livelihoods.

The Member of Parliament asserted that, the Akufo-Addo led government had started fulfilling the campaign promise made to the good people of Ghana including the implementation of the Free Senior High School policy.

She urged members of the federation to rally behind the Akufo-Addo led government as they deliver on promises made to the good People of Ghana.

The minister advised beneficiaries to take advantage of the numerous opportunities available under the several flagship programmes of government such as Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ), One District One Factory (1D1F), Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD), Nation Builders Corps (NABCO), Mass spraying, pruning and pollination of Cocoa farms and Introduction of the Community Mining Program.

Receiving the items on behalf of beneficiaries, the chairman of the federation

Mr. Patrick Obeng expressed gratitude to the MP for her continuous support to the federation.

He commended her for being the first MP to have dined and interacted with the members of the federation.

Each member was given half piece of cloth.

The event was graced by the municipal chief executive (MCE) for Prestea Huni-Valley Municipal Assembly, Mozart Kweku Owuh and Pestea Huni-Valley constituency executives of the New Patriotic Party.

Govt to introduce a local sign language dictionary for Deaf students.

Emmanuel Ndayisaba, the Executive Secretary of the National Council of Persons with Disabilities (NCPD), addresses the parliamentary committee on social affairs last week. Sam Ngendahimana.

By Nasra Bishumba

Emmanuel Ndayisaba, the Executive Secretary of the National Council of Persons with Disabilities (NCPD), addresses the parliamentary committee on social affairs last week. Sam Ngendahimana.

In a bid to support children with disabilities to have equal opportunities to study and score highly in school, the government has hired consultants to put together the first ever local sign language dictionary; the parliamentary committee on social affairs heard this week.

Updating the commission on the progress that has so far been made in giving people with disabilities equal opportunities in school and in the employment field, the Executive Secretary of the National Council of Persons with Disabilities (NCPD); Emmanuel Ndayisaba, said that the dictionary is scheduled to be complete by the end of this fiscal year.

He pointed out that after the dictionary is complete, resources will then be shifted to incorporating it in schools.

“We will produce different teaching materials including audio, visuals and many more. Then after that, we can sit down with the Ministry of Education and talk about how these materials can be incorporated in their curriculums so that when the students are done with school, they are on the same level of service delivery as the rest,” he said.

Lack of experts

The Minister of State in charge of Social Affairs; Alvera Mukabaramba told the committee that the production had been a constant feature on their performance contracts (Imihigo) but had been hampered by lack of local experts.

“We had no local experts in this area. We hired someone from one of our neighboring countries and he started on the project but we have since found others and the project is going well. We are optimistic that by this time next year, it will be complete,” she said.

Motivating factor

Mukabaramba said that by producing a local dictionary, the government was hoping to harmonise the sign language so that students with hearing impairment can understand better as well as facilitate the free movement of teachers.

“Each country has its own way of communicating using signs based on their own local language. There are times when people help us in schools but they are using their own country’s sign language. We want that to change as soon as possible,” she said.

More plans

Mukabaramba welcomed ideas from the MPs to see sign language used on all local televisions during news time.

“We are going to call for an urgent meeting with both private and government broadcasters so that they can tell us what they need to have interpreters in all the segments of their news. We can discuss how they can pay the professionals or how the government can find extra money to do so,” she said.

She pointed out that mobilisation and sensitization should continue so that Rwandans can understand that people with disabilities have rights and they should be given equal opportunities with the rest of the community. 

Last year, the President of World Federation of Deaf, Collin Allen called on the government to consider scaling up the use of sign language for improved social inclusion.

“Every country has its own sign language. You have opportunities to advocate for the inclusion of sign language until it’s among the official languages. If the country aims to leave no one behind, sign language too should not be left behind because it is the language of deaf people,” he said.

Suggestions made

MP Eugene Mussolini, who represents persons with disabilities advised the regulators to look into expanding the scope of the categories of the people with disabilities who can access public buildings.

“To be honest, a lot has been done and we are very grateful that there are so many avenues through which people with disabilities are being supported.

However, I suggest that the scope of disability is broadened because it seems to me that the physical part is what is being looked at but what about hearing or visual impairment?,” he said.

MP Marie Florence Uwanyirigira requested the government to look into providing more support to institutions that take in severely disabled children.

“There are institutions where children with severe disabilities are abandoned by their families, making them their full responsibility. Most of them are overwhelmed. The government needs to look into ways to support them,” she said.

Progress made

Government has been supporting persons with disabilities over the years through its National Employment Programme (NEP – Kora Wigire).

The support is channeled through BDF and the money goes to Umurenge Savings Credit and Co-operatives who offer the loan to beneficiaries.

As of late last year, 239 cooperatives with over 11,029 members had benefited from the programme.

According to the third Integrated Household Living Conditions Survey 2012, there are some 34,000 deaf people in Rwanda, but statistics from Rwanda National Union of the Deaf (RNUD) point to around 70,000.

UN international youth day: persons with disabilities speak on challenges and profer solutions.


In a programme organized by the Strategy for Mentoring Initiative and Leadership Empowerment in partnership with United Nations Information Centre, held at the main auditorium of the Redeemed Christians Church of God at the Churchchrist parish, Gbagada Lagos, to mark the UN international Youth day, participating persons with disabilities spoke on challenges confronting special people.

Speaking at the event that is globally recognized are Adefala Alaba,the Executive Director of Voice for the Deaf Foundation (VDF) and Ejiro Okotie, the CEO of Hope Inspired Foundation among others as they bear their minds on some of the challenges currently facing people with disabilities in empowering themselves, gaining access to quality education and how they can surmount the challenges to achieve great feat.

Adefala Alaba speaking on challenges facing persons with disabilities during the session.

On his part, Alaba, who is a pre-lingual deaf person, noted that the challenges faced by Deaf students in schools are associated with the effectiveness of teachers.

He explained that most teachers who are not professionally trained in sign language would constantly skip words they don’t know how to sign when trying to spell out sentences to pupils in classroom. He noted that when it is time for marking of pupils’ classworks, these teachers would just pass them not minding whether the pupils have learned anything or not. “This affect pupils negatively later in life” he explained.

Recalling his own experience, Alaba said that those pupils who face similar case will have hard time in learning situations when they get to college.

Proferring solution on what Government can do, Alaba said that what was most important is to provide professionally trained sign language interpreters and good Deaf teachers who are competent enough to help teach and fruitfully impart pupils in schools.

Alaba equally enjoined persons with disabilities to maintain positive mindset on the issue of life, “…be a positive thinker, remove any negative thinking, work hard on your own and don’t depend on anyone in life. Always sit down and think on how to move your life forward then you will be great”, he adviced.

Ejiro Okotie answering questions during the session.

On her part, Ejiro Okotie, a visually impaired woman who was invited as speaker alongside Alaba, was asked her opinions on challenges persons with disabilities face in Nigeria and how she was able to surmount her challenges despite her disabilities.

Okotie rhetorically asked that when people are talking about “inclusion”, how truly was inclusion applied? She added that as big as Ikorodu was, there was only one inclusive school and the teachers are not trained enough in sign language, braille aren’t enough for the pupils. The school lack adequate facilities.

She said “in the past, you use braille to write examinations, questions are asked through speech and writing, it’s alot of stress but thank God for technology. With technology, everything is getting a little better”

She added further that technology is very expensive in Nigeria. For example, one can’t buy apple phone or a laptop that one could use to copy notes in a classroom. How is govt going to help solve these educational problems? “Govt isn’t carrying us along so we are not truly practising inclusion in real life” she lamented

Okotie adviced on the need to involve concerned stakeholders in matters concering people with disabilities., “we need to start to work with our minds to create a system that truly affect persons with disabilities and the injured group can benefit from the system”, she summed up

International Disability Alliance releases reports on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)


In 2017, through the DFID-funded Catalyst Project, IDA and its members decided to support DPOs to increase their capacities to engage fully with national and international SDGs and human rights monitoring processes and strengthen their advocacy through building robust evidence.

Since then, IDA members both at the regional and national level have undertaken writing comprehensive, evidence-based reports to provide a substantive understanding of how the SDGs are being implemented at the national or regional level for persons with disabilities in line with the CRPD. All six of IDA’s regional members volunteered to develop reports and national level members of members applied throughout their global or regional IDA members.

Both the regional and national reports were developed and led by DPOs, and thus highlighted different thematic areas, reflected national and regional priorities, and collected data with different methodologies.

Whilst being directed by DPOs, the reports had two requirements;

To have a cross-disability perspective

To include a section on women and girls with disabilities

Report writers have used their completed reports in a variety of advocacy areas, and have noted that the process of developing the reports has led to:

  1. Increased engagements and collaboration with government ministries,
  2. Strengthening partnerships with UN agencies and civil society networks,
  3. New data produced by analysis of surveys, budgets, and statistics from a CRPD perspective
  4. Data which has led to securing grants for further regional and national level investment in disability inclusion, and
  5. Increased network building and advocacy within regional and global SDG forums

Online application for Ekiti teaching job begins Wednesday

Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi

By Abiodun Nejo, Ado Ekiti

The Chairman, Ekiti State Universal Basic Education Board, Prof. Francisca Aladejana, has said application forms for teaching jobs in the state’s primary schools will be available online from Wednesday.

Aladejana, in a statement in Ado Ekiti on Sunday, stressed that “only holders of the National Certificate of Education and university degrees in education  are qualified to apply.”

The SUBEB boss advised prospective applicants possessing the NCE or university degrees in education in subjects taught in or related to the primary school curriculum to visit the website: http://www.ekitistate.gov.ng/job  to access the forms and other relevant information about the recruitment.

According to the statement, the applicants are to fill and submit the forms online between Wednesday, August 14 and Friday, August 23.

Aladejana said, “Applicants are to print the acknowledgement slips on the last page of their forms. These slips will serve as their entry passes during the qualifying examination which will hold at a later date.”

Collection of the teaching job application forms which was initially billed for last Tuesday and Wednesday was suspended to prevent possible stampede when over 10,000 applicants besieged SUBEB office on Tuesday.

CBM releases First Humanitarian Disability Inclusion Audit Findings.


CBM and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) have released findings on the first ever disability audit of humanitarian projects in Nigeria. The report was presented at high-level workshop on disability inclusive humanitarian action in Abuja, in July 2019, a few days after a capacity building workshop in the north-east of the country.

First humanitarian disability audit

In 2018, the UK Government Department for International Development (DFID) commissioned CBM and the Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities, the umbrella organisation of persons with disabilities to review disability inclusion in four humanitarian projects funded by the North East Nigeria Transition to Development (NENTAD) programme. This was the first time such a review has been conducted of DFID’s humanitarian programmes.

The review applied the Humanitarian Inclusion Standards for Older People and People with Disabilities and included a desk review, a self-assessment questionnaire, key informant interviews, observations of project sites and focus group discussions with community members, including people with disabilities. Data was analysed, findings validated with partners and initial action plans developed. Read the key findings at end of article, and for more details, see the Policy Brief: Involving people with disabilities in humanitarian response.

Dissemination workshop, high-level event and next steps

Participant during the Maidiguri workshop

In July 2019, in collaboration with DFID, CBM’s country office in Nigeria facilitated a dissemination workshop of the NENTAD disability review in Maiduguri and a high-level event in Abuja on disability-inclusive humanitarian action. Technical support was provided by CBM Emergency Response Unit. One of the aims of the workshop was to identify the capacity development requirements of the NENTAD partners in disability inclusive humanitarian response and agree on the next steps on how to collectively address these.

During the high-level event in Abuja, Haruna Pali from the Nigeria Association of Blind said, “I come from the North East zone, and I know how our people are suffering, especially children … Therefore, I want to thank CBM for implementing projects in this zone and really involving our members in the projects so that we can learn and benefit. With the experience and knowledge we gained, we started advocating for our rights.”

Bright Ekweremadu, CBM Country Director for Nigeria said, “The findings from the disability inclusion audit on the North East Nigeria Transition to Development (NENTAD) humanitarian response programme was an eye opener to me.  Lessons and recommendations from it will, I believe, enrich future humanitarian programmes in Nigeria with more measurable impacts for persons with disability.”

Access in internally displaced persons’ camps

Zara, a mother of seven and a woman with disabilities had been living in an Internally Displaced Person’s (IDP) camp for two years before receiving any support. She said that support for IDPs was not reaching her family, and even when support was available at the camp, it was usually not easy for someone with a physical disability to access.

In 2017, Zara received food and non-food items through the CBM-supported project. She was very thankful and said that she had never seen any organisation do such a thing for persons with a disability.

Key findings

  1. A complex humanitarian context and security situation contributes to the challenges for disability inclusion in humanitarian programming.
  2. Disability inclusion must become the norm for humanitarian action.
  3. Inclusion should be taken into account at all stages of the project cycle, including the initial needs assessment and subsequent design and planning of humanitarian response.
  4. Improvements in the participation of men and women with disabilities are needed across the entire project cycle management; to achieve this, budgets need to incorporate necessary adaptations and accessibility measures.
  5. Collecting and disaggregating data about people with disabilities is key to effective inclusion in humanitarian operations.
  6. Technical capacity building for staff in inclusion and ongoing support to adopt inclusive practices is needed.
  7. Applying a twin track approach to humanitarian programming empowers people with disabilities and meets their specific needs, whilst also working to ensure inclusion is mainstreamed.
  8. Humanitarian actors should take every opportunity to build awareness about disability inclusion.

Meet Japan’s First Deaf Bus Driver.


The new laws pave way for more opportunities for Japan’s deaf community.

by Deaf Niche

Japan’s First Deaf Bus Driver

Takeyama Matsuyama dreamed of being a bus driver since he was young; he rode the bus during his youth and admired the drivers, thinking that “seemed very cool.”

As soon as Japan removed the ban on deaf drivers, Matsuyama went ahead and learned how to drive and passed the test.

Matsuyama wants to encourage other deaf Japanese citizens to keep applying for work and to not give up. He says he has future plans for a bus tour agency for deaf tourists that will be in Japanese Sign Language.

He reported that some of his co-workers have started learning Japanese Sign Language to be able to communicate with him.

Two Pivotal Law Changes

Removal of the Ban On Deaf Drivers

Driving laws in Japan used to ban all disabled drivers, including the deaf.

That changed in 2005 when advocates, along with Japan Federation of Deaf, rallied for the ban on deaf drivers to be lifted. They presented multiple proof of countries such as United States and France where deaf drivers are successful. The government looked into it and found the data to be strong enough to proceed with the ban repeal.

However, the law was replaced with a requirement for the deaf person to be able to hear at least 90 decibels with hearing devices. (Sirens and cars honking registered at 90 decibels.)

Then starting in 2011, all deaf drivers are allowed to drive after a bigger push from citizens to relax the law more. The only requirement now is to wear hearing aids while driving.

Work Discrimination Ban

Advocates successfully fought for a set of new laws banning workforce discrimination in 2013. In the years prior, Japanese society regularly discriminated against deaf who applied for work and made it an exhausting challenge for deaf Japanese citizens to find work.

The anti-discrimination laws under the titles “Act for Eliminating Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities” and “Amended Act on Promotion for Disabled Persons’ Employment” went into effect in 2016. This allowed deaf drivers to obtain Class 2 license for operating passenger vehicles such as taxis and buses.

The laws helped encourage the Nihon Bus Association to hire Matsuyama along with his clean record and work ethic. Matsuyama obtained a driver’s license and worked as a delivery man for a small business for several years while keeping his driving record spotlessly clean. Two years later, he applied to be a bus driver and was hired.

More of Japan’s deaf citizens are becoming employed from the opportunities the amendments gave them.

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CNN x-rays artificial limb makers

Crystal Chigbu, Nigerian prosthetics maker

By Editor 

 As the Change Makers editions of the Globacom-sponsored CNN African Voices began yesterday, the thrust of the 30-minute magazine programme will be the dexterities of Nigerian artificial limb makers who have given hope to some clients with limbs problems.

Viewers of the programme will find the story of Crystal Chigbu, Nigerian prosthetics maker, and Gbolahan Sasona another limb restorer fascinating as Crystal narrates the experience of how her daughter’s congenitally malformed limb had to be amputated.

Crystal, a mother of two, weathered the storm and rose from the trauma of the monumental misfortune to found and nurture a Foundation, named Irede Foundation which, as the Chief Executive, has navigated it to a body which has gained wide acclaim as succour-giver to other children whose limbs had been severed due to one health issue or another.

The 2002 Biochemistry graduate of University of Lagos recounts with emotion the trauma, shock, and the challenges that she went through when the reality of having to raise a daughter who was born with congenital limb deformity dawned on her, the most harrowing being the process and struggles she and her husband went through while trying to make a decision on whether to amputate or not.

“Seeing other children and families go through the same process without a clear view on how to adapt to the challenges of living with limb loss, gave vent to the creation of Irede Foundation which has, since inception, restored hope to children living with loss of limbs”, she disclosed.”

According to her, “We understand that children can help educate their friends in school; that way we can educate a whole nation – and we can reduce societal stigmatisation. In addition, when a child starts using prosthesis from childhood you are helping in shaping the beliefs of the child and his or her ability to believe they can do anything. More importantly, they can live their lives to the fullest not minding the limb loss they must have gone through.”

In recognition and appreciation of her humane activities, Crystal received the Life Transformation Award from Wise Women Awards; the Ebony Life TV sponsored Sisterhood Award for Philanthropist of the year (2014), as well as the Naija Diamonds Award (2014) sponsored by Diamond Bank.

The second guest, Gbolahan Sasona, a Prosthetist and Orthotist, is the President of America-based Delta Orthopaedic Laboratory. In addition, he established The Ability Prosthetic and Orthotic Centre in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital in the bid to help the transformation of the lives of amputees with prosthetics/orthotics, spinal braces and fracture bracing of different kinds.

The centre, the first of its kind in Nigeria, brags of a rich, computerised prosthetics and orthotics experience and professional medical rehabilitation advocacy of the 67-year-old Sasona, whose passion became the catalyst for the passage of the regulatory licensing law for prosthetics practitioners in the United States of America. Sasona’s clinical laboratories in Dover and New Jersey, USA, employ advanced technology with an advanced medical rehabilitation centre that provides prosthetic services including sport orthotic, limbs/elbow/finger replacement with bionics.

“Patients don’t have to travel to South Africa, United Kingdom, India or United States to be able to get the kind of effective treatment and care they desire. Whatever we do in the Nigerian office is of the same standard with that of the United States”, he boasted.

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Sen. Abbo advocates for the establishment of a commission, pledges 20% to support persons with disabilities (photos).


By Hassan Umar Shallpella

In an effort to ensure that persons with disabilities have a sense of belonging in the Society, Senator Elisha Ishaku Abbo representing Adamawa North at the National Assembly has advocated for the establishment of a commission to take care of the persons with disabilities in the country and pledges 20% of his earnings in support of the cause of people living with disability in Adamawa state.

Senator Abbo having interactive dinner with people living with disability in Yola, Adamawa state.

Abbo who made the remark at an interactive dinner with people living with disability in Yola, Adamawa state, said it is high time that public facilities and national planning in the country should begin to factor the special need of the persons with disabilities.

“I will personally organize a National seminar with donor agencies so that we can sit and work out a Blueprint for the establishment of your commission and move the motion for its establishment and I am sure every senator in the country will be glad to be co-sponsors of it.” He saidThe senator also assured them of the readiness of the current National Assembly to ensure the establishment of commission for people with disabilities.

Persons with disabilities seen singing during the interactive dinner

“I will put the matter forward to my colleagues; I will call you again so that we can meet with your national and state bodies, I want to assure you that all the senators in this 9th National Assembly are willing to say yes to the establishment of a commission”. Abbo added

Senator Ishaku Abbo announced that he will appoint one person with disability as his advisers as a first step in his commitment to fighting the cause of the  persons with disabilities.

“Am giving 20% of everything that comes to me as a senator such as salaries, allowances and other entitlements to physically challenged persons and would be there for you whenever you need me.” Abbo said

The Senator expressed concern over the plight of persons with disabilities in the country while accessing public buildings and facilities at airports, office buildings, toilet facilities, among others, noting that it was designed without consideration for the special needs of the physically challenged.

Abbo who narrated his personal ordeal that confined him to a wheelchair said he understands the plight of a person with disability  from his experience assured to fight for their right to be heard and be included in national planning and policy

I’m happy and sad, says pupil with eye damaged by teacher’s cane.


by Olatunde Odebiyi

For years to come, Daniel Agboola will not forget March 29, the day he almost lost one of his eyes from the damage his class teacher, Mr. Oludare Olaleye’s cane did to it. As it was reported by The Nation on May 4, it was exam period at Camp David Group of Schools in Ogba, a Lagos suburb, so the SS2 pupil sat in the classroom with his classmates, awaiting the question papers.

Then came in Olaleye, their supervisor and teacher in the school, who told them to move out of the classroom as necessary arrangements were being made to get the questions ready. It turned out that Daniel was the last of the pupils to step out of the classroom as directed.

Daniel had barely stepped out of the class when the teacher called him back and accused him of marching on his foot as he was going out. Daniel responded by saying that he did not know that he marched on the teacher’s foot. But rather than demand an apology, the teacher fetched a cane and flogged Daniel mercilessly, injuring his right eye in the process.

Lamenting the incident, Daniel recalled that he had gone to school late on that day and would have stayed at home if he had an inkling of the evil that lurked in the corner.

He said: “I went to school late on that day. If I had known what fate had in store for me, I would have absconded from school. The incident gave me a lot of psychological stress for months.”

Since the incident, Daniel had not gone to school because he could not see with his damaged right eye. He also could not write the remaining subjects in the examination. But respite finally came after some turbulent exchanges between him, his parents, the teacher, the school’s authority and the Lagos State Government. His damaged eye was operated upon and now he admitted enjoying such a relief that he thinks he is in a dream.

The operation, paid for by the school, was carried out on May 28 at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) where he is still going for checkups. But Daniel still desires regaining his clear vision back even though he can now see better than he did when the incident occurred.

But he has his worries, the biggest being how he would avoid losing one academic year, knowing that he did not finish the second term exams while the third term exams are around the corner.

He said: “My right eye vision is not yet clear. I can only see things that are very close. I cannot read. I cannot see from afar. I want my vision to be clear. I don’t want to use recommended glasses.”

Recalling his time under the surgeon’s knife, Daniel said he was scared going for the operation. He said: “It was something new and strange to me. I had not gone for an operation nor seen one before.

“When I entered the theatre, fear struck me, but I had to bring my faith into action. Undergoing an operation was not an easy task. I was told not to move for about 30 minutes that the operation lasted. I thank God it was successful.

“My left eye was covered so I did not see what was going on. But I heard some of the things the doctors said and felt what they were doing to the eye. I know they changed my lens. I was just praying to God for success.

“The initial pain in the eye has reduced after the operation. Now I have been told that I must not bend and must always put on the sun shade till the eye is fully recovered.

“I faced the stress of going to the police station to write a statement after the operation. My education has been affected. It is not easy for me to remember some things, especially school work. I am just recovering and getting myself back. I don’t want to repeat SS2.

“I believe I can meet up with extra classes to do the SS2 promotional exam and pass, but I cannot read with the eye. I want my vision back. I want the school to pay damages for the stress I have passed through, and those of my mother and my entire family.”

Angry, distressed and unhappy over the condition of her son’s eye, Daniel’s mother, Hannah Agboola, said the incident had cost her a whole lot. “Is it the physical stress that I want to count or the emotional or psychological or unbudgeted financial expenses?

“This school has stressed me beyond measure over the past two months. I cannot go to work or carry out my duties as an evangelist in the church. I have to stay all day with Daniel to apply his various eye drops. Some are to be administered every one hour, two hours, five hours and so on. I have had to set the alarm as a reminder. I dare not miss one, because he cannot apply them himself. I even wake up the night to apply the eye drops.

Commending the press for its reports on the issue, Mrs. Agboola said “When the first story was published, I saw in it the school’s claim that my son’s eye was already paining him before he came to school, but I said that was a lie.

“The Lagos State Ministry of Youths and Social Development called me and requested that I should write out all my expenses and bring it to their office. I told them I could not write out how much I had spent, but that I would come to the office.

“When I got there, the woman who attended to me said they have to call me because the teacher said he did not beat my son in the eye. But I debunked the claim because the teacher admitted at the onset that the so-called beating was a mistake.

“There was a lot of drama in the school. They wanted to cheat me because they thought there was nothing l could do.

“A woman in the school said that since I was shouting that I wanted the operation done at eye foundation, I should bring N500,000 because the school had no money. I asked if I looked like someone that had that kind of money. Then I said I was not doing the operation in Nigeria again, that I wanted it done abroad

“In the end, one of the teachers followed us to LASUTH, but the operation was not done on that day. He was checked and it was confirmed that he had cataract. The school owner later begged.

“The following day, I went to the state Ministry of Education because I wanted to know the report that education ministry gave to the ministry of youth and social development. They condemned the step l took by reporting the incident in the newspaper.

“The next day, we went to LASUTH where it was also confirmed that he had cataract. We did different tests on several days, but I thank God that the operation was eventually done on May 28, almost two months after the incident.

“I thank God that the operation was successful. He went home the same day the operation was done.” she explained.

Daniel’s mother said the first publication on the incident The Nation was the saving grace because the school authority were not ready to shoulder the operation bills. She however said she spent some of her personal money before the operation took place.

Teacher Oladele was, however, dragged to an Ikeja Magistrate’s Court on July 22, 2019 for inflicting an injury on his pupil.

According to the prosecutor, ASP Benson Emuerhi, the teacher committed the offence on March 29 between 11 am and 1 pm at Camp David Academy located at No. 7, Bodunrin Caulcrick Close, Ogba, Lagos.

Emuerhi said: “The teacher was on duty supervising examinations at the school and had requested that the SS1 and SS2 students leave the hall before the commencement of their examination.

“The defendant alleged that the complainant, Daniel Agboola an SS1 student, had hit him while leaving the hall and Olaleye caned the student as punishment.

“While the teacher was caning Agboola, the cane hit him in his right eye, leading to a serious injury which required surgery.”

According to the prosecution, the offence contravened Section 173 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.

Following the teacher’s arraignment, the Chief Magistrate, Mrs Olufunke Sule-Amzat, granted the teacher bail in the sum of N50,000 with a surety in like sum. She adjourned the case until October 21, for mention. (The Nation)