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

Web Analytic reports for the month of February 2018

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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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BREAKING NEWS! Katsina Gov. appoints Senior Special Assistant on Disabled Matters

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By Comr. Yusuf Kumo

The Katsina State Governor RT Hon. Aminu Bello Masari has appointed Mr. Ya’u Rufa’i Zakka as his Senior Special Assistant (SSG) on Persons with Disabilities Matters.

Ya’u Rufa’i Zakka

In an appointment letter dated 5th November and signed by the Secretary to the Katsina State Government Mustapha Muhammad Inuwa, he said “I have the pleasure to convey the approval of His Excellency, The Governor of Katsina State Rt Hon. Aminu Bello Masari, CFR for your appointment as Senior Special Assistant (Disabled Matters).”

Katsina State is one of the several states that have appointed Special Assistant to Government on disability matters including the Federal Government. Kaduna joins states like Lagos, Anambra, Plateau, Kogi, Osun, Oyo, Ondo, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Nasarawa among others in appointing a special assistant for persons with disabilities in their respective states.

Below is the full image of the appointment letter received by INN

Waive tax on white canes, Blind Union in Ghana appeals

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Dr Peter Obeng (right), Executive Director, Ghana Blind Union, making some remarks at the function.

The Executive Director of the Ghana Blind Union (GBU), Dr Peter Obeng Asamoa, has appealed to the government to waive the tax on imported white canes.

He said the tax was preventing the union from importing the canes to serve members who were more than 15,000 in the country.

Reliable guide

Dr Asamoa made the appeal at the 2019 White Cane Safety Day which was held in Accra yesterday, where some students of the Akropong School for the Blind and some members of the GBU were present.

The event is set aside by the World Blind Union to create awareness of the significance of the white cane every year.

The GBU has also established a ‘White Cane for All’ project, under which the union plans to provide white canes and associated training on its use to the blind to aid in their mobility.

However, the union is unable to achieve that objective because of the tax on imported white canes.

“The Blind Union has 15,000 registered members and each one of them needs a white cane,” Dr Asamoa said.

Dr Asamoa said the white cane had, over the years, proven to be a reliable guide that served as an identity to the blind.

Additionally, he said, the special walking aid also gave a sense of inclusion as it allowed the blind to be independent in movement.

“For the blind person, the white cane is an essential tool that cannot be done away with”, he said, while urging all blind persons to use the cane at all times and not to feel intimidated.

The director also appealed to companies to come on board to help the union realise its goal of providing white canes to members.

Support

The Vice-President of the GBU, Ms Janet Alamisi Dabire, said it was time the government, corporate institutions and non-governmental organisations came to the aid of the union by supporting the White Cane for All project.

She said a greater percentage of the people who suffered from some form of visual disability required a white cane to aid in their movements.

“If we, as a nation, are looking into a holistic future for our country, it is imperative that we do not leave this group behind. The provision of white canes with the requisite training is the first step towards a meaningful future and ultimately, full inclusion,” Ms Dabire added.

She also entreated the public to change the negative perceptions and attitude towards visually impaired people, saying, some negative behaviours such as not recognising the skills and capabilities of the visually impaired, had led to denying them employment opportunities.

Inclusion

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Krachi Nchumuru Constituency, Mr John Majisi, who is an advocate for the promotion of activities for persons with disability, suggested that subsequent events should include people from outside the visually impaired community such as drivers, policy makers, security personnel and heads of educational institutions.

When that was done, he said, it would help create more awareness and increase knowledge about the white cane.

He also said the celebration should be extended to cover other parts of the country.

Daily Graphic reported that two groups, the Bible Society of Ghana and Reflexology Ghana, donated 12 boxes of braille Bibles and two reflexology beds worth GH¢3,000 to the union.

Deaf Nigerian Profile 007: I Was Considered A Dullard In School, Learning Sign Language Helped Me Discover Myself – Ms Charity James, North Central Zonal Coordinator Of DTAN

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By Oyeleke Bernice

Ms Charity is the first Deaf lady to chair a state branch (Plateau state) of Nigerian National Association of the Deaf (NNAD). She is currently the National women leader of NNAD and North Central Zonal Coordinator of Deaf Teachers Association of Nigeria (DTAN). She is also one of the steering committee member of gallaudet in Nigeria proposed University representing NNAD.

She runs a restaurant at Plateau and currently a civil servant in Plateau state. She, together with her team, has successfully organized different trainings for Nigerian deaf women. Ms Charity has participated in different local and international deaf conferences.

Meet Ms Charity James as she shares inspiring story to encourage others:

My name is Charity ufareh James. I was born hearing and attended hearing school. As a hearing child, I was considered one of the dullards in school because I couldn’t solve simple arithmetic problem correctly or recite my alphabet. I could not even spell my name.

MY JOURNEY INTO DEAFNESS:

On a fateful day at school, I accompanied a friend to the toilet and stood outside waiting for her return. While waiting outside I just felt a sudden blow inside my ear and then I felt dizzy. I was taken to my class teacher who checked my body temperature and sent me home. I was led home by some of my classmates and met my elder sister, while parents were at work and there was no use of mobile phone then. My sister asked me to sleep. While lying on the couch, I was hearing sound of children playing outside, laughing and running. And gradually, the volume of the sound began fading away till I couldn’t hear them again. I woke up and found myself on bed but the room and everywhere was rather strangely silent. My sister informed my Dad that I was brought home from school ill when he arrived from office. So, he came to meet me in the room and was talking to me but I could not hear him. The news of my deafness broke in my family and it was a sad moment. I was treated of that illness and recovered but I didn’t recover my hearing.

Following my recovery from the illness, I developed unusual interest in schooling. I started disturbing my Dad to enroll me at school, despite that I wasn’t serious with academics when I was hearing. My dad later got information about a special school run by department of Special Education, University of Jos and he enrolled me there. On the first day at deaf school, I was so excited and ready to learn. After I returned from school everyday, I would study on my own and perfect my signing skill. My new found interest at learning was a surprise to my parents. I learnt so fast because I put my heart at it. I later had my Diploma and then my first degree qualification at University of Jos

Sign language has helped me to discover myself and have a language for communication and socialization.

Obiano Seeks End To Discrimination Against People Living With Disabilities, Considers Introducing Sign Language In School Curriculum

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Governor Willie Obiano has called for a Collective action to end discrimination against disabled persons saying that Sustainable Development Goals, will be fully achieved when the scourge of discrimination against people living with disabilities is eliminated.


Governor Obiano stated this during the 2019 International Sign Language Day at the Professor Kenneth Dike e-Library in Awka.


The Governor who was represented by his Special Adviser on Disability Matters, Mr Chukwuka Ezewuzie, said his administration is desirous of making the study of sign languages a must in Schools and Colleges across Anambra State.


He announced that more employment will be offered to disabled persons in the State, adding that other needs of the association will continue to receive the attention of his administration.


While calling for assistance to enable deaf children go to school to learn sign languages as means of communication, the Special Assistant to Governor Obiano on Sign Language Communication, Mr. Joseph Collins, explained that out of the one hundred and sixty-nine targets of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals, eleven have clear reference to persons with disabilities, including the deaf.


He noted that approximately seventy-two million people across the globe are Deaf, with over eighty per cent of them living in developing countries and using more than three hundred different sign languages.


In his address, the State Chairman, Anambra State Association of the Deaf, Comrade Amobichukwu Nwagwu, disclosed that the association promotes full integration of the Deaf in areas of education, vocational skills acquisition, character building, jobs creation and economic emancipation.


While commending Governor Obiano for his disability friendly policies, demonstrated by the appointment of a Special Assistant on Sign Language Communication, Comrade Nwagwu, listed some of their pressing needs to include, employment of deaf teachers and sign language interpreters, upgrade of facilities in special schools, as well portion of land for the association’s Secretariat According to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, Sing Language Day recognizes the importance of sign languages in achieving Sustainable Development Goals, and fulfilling its core promise of leaving no one behind.


The day also offers opportunity to support and protect the linguistic identity and cultural diversity of users of sign languages.


The event, organized by the Anambra State Association of the Deaf, in collaboration with the Office of the Governor on Disability Matters, has as its theme: Sign Language, Rights For All.


Award presentation, national anthem, as well as drama presentation by deaf school children added glamour to the event. (ABS)

Disability Organisations And other CSOs Seek Collaborative Partnerships With Southwest Houses Of Assembly

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States Houses of Assembly (SHoA) in the South West have been charged to collaborate and partner with DINABI and other Civil Society Organizations (CSO) on the Budget process, implementation and oversight to meet the needs and aspirations of the citizens.

The charge was made in a communiqué adopted at the end of a meeting to promote inclusive and participatory budget monitoring and oversight among stakeholders in South West which was facilitated by the Southwest Legislative Reform Implementation Committee (SLRIC) and supported by Partnership to Engage Reform and Learn, PERL.

Towards ensuring the smooth relationship between State Houses of Assembly and DINABI and other CSOs, it was recommended that the SHoAs through the SLRIC should create a CSO desk and also accredit credible CSOs for effective and efficient partnership.

Responding, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, Majority Leader, Lagos State House of Assembly explained that the SHoAs need to accredit credible CSOs for the purpose of relating with them and sharing confidential documents with them.

Agunbiade added that there are CSOs that are not credible and if there’s no option for the SHoAs to accredit the CSOs they will work with, it might be difficult to trust and share documents with random civil society groups.

He noted that it is important that a cordial relationship exist between CSOs and legislators for the purpose of having a participatory and inclusive budget process.

Participants at the meeting also stressed the importance of passing and implementing laws on Public Finance Management, PFM and Open Government Partnership, OGP which would ensure the availability of budgets online.

The communiqué added that, “SLRIC should ensure that budget supports infrastructure development of border communities across the South West and enact laws to harness socio-economic cooperation among the South West States.”

Presenting on behalf of the Ekiti State delegates at the meeting, DINABI’s Executive Director, Olajide Funso advocated for inclusion of PWDs in all facets of governance and administration while also stressing that all budget implementation must be complied to disability standards.

He added that it is cheaper to meet up with disability standards at the design and planning stage of projects than to mainstream disability during and after implementation.

For his part, Hon. Rotimi Olowo, Lagos State House of Assembly member representing Somolu Constituency 1 while reacting to the recommendation on the need to ensure budget are allocated to specific projects  instead of omnibus. Olowo said omnibus provision would only create opportunity for fraud and difficulty in monitoring the budget.

He added that if there are no specifics, there could be recycling of budgets which according to him would promote manipulation and fraud.

Bonews reported that the communiqué also added that State Houses of Assembly in the South West should ensure that appropriation bills be subjected to public hearing by core stakeholders before passage.

District Assembly spends GH¢157,400 to support PWDs in Ghana in one year

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The Bia East District Assembly in Ghana has within the past one year spent GH¢157,400 from its Common Fund on People with Disabilities (PWDs) in the District.

Mr. Richard Chebure, the District Chief Executive who said this during the Meet the Press event, indicated that 3 percent of the Common Fund was spent on the up keep of persons with disability.

According to him, the fund was previously given in cash to the beneficiaries, but the President Akufo Addo led government decided to use the money to buy items of their choice for them in a bid to help them economically.

Mr. Chebure said the beneficiaries usually indicated the particular item they need and that the assembly had within the past one year distributed 86 deep freezers, 6 sewing machines, 5 knitting machines, payment of 11 students school fees, startup capital for 155 people, 5 hair dryers and 3 laptops.

He said an amount of GH¢25,202.00 has also been disbursed to 322 Livelihood Empowerment against Poverty beneficiaries in the past two years.

Ghana News Agency reported that on development projects in the district, Mr Chebure gave a pictorial presentation of all the projects the Assembly had executed, which include CHPs compounds, classroom blocks, ICT centre, market, mechanized boreholes, GES Directorates bungalow, road spot improvement and business advisory centres dotted in various communities in the district

The DCE said a total of 779 youth were engaged under Youth Employment Programme and Nation Builders Corp, while 15 Basic Schools in the District were under the School Feeding Programme with 4,787 pupils benefiting.

On agriculture, he said under the Planting for Food and Jobs Programme, 2,533 farmers have been engaged in rice, maize, tomatoes, cabbage and cucumber farming.

He said under the government’s Planting for Export and Rural Development Programme (PERD) 1,228 oil palm and maize farmers have been registered adding that a total of 1,405 have been employed under the Cocoa Health Extension Division.

Mr. Chebure said under the One District One Factory (1D1F) initiative, the Assembly would be operating a Plantain Process Factory by 2020.

He said projects such as markets and sanitary facilities, boreholes, reshaping of roads, construction of new classroom blocks and donations to community self- initiated projects were being executed under the one million dollar per constituency project.

Association Urges Commissioner For Education To Re-evaluate Abia State Education System

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Abia State Commissioner for Education, Dr. KCK Nwangwa on Wednesday 30 October, 2019 visited Special Education Centre for the Deaf and Mentally Retarded in Umuahia for the first time in the history of the school.

The visit according to information available to INN was facilitated by Abia State Deaf Association (ABSDA) chairman, Monu El-dad after having met with the commissioner in his office a day prior to the visit to brainstorm on the challenges, needs and significance of the Special Education system in Abia State.

In a statement received by INN, the Chairman of the association, Monu-Eldad stated that Abia State is the only state in the zone that doesn’t have secondary school, dormitory, enough facilities and among others for the Deaf and Mentally retarded. “That’s really unfortunate and sad that Abia State Ministry of Education in the past failed to adopt and respond to the requirement of our National Policy on Education (NPE), which in turn resulted in high level of ignorance, illiteracy, hardship, poverty, human trafficking and street begging.” Monu-Eldad added

“Thank God for the man like Dr KCK Nwangwa who assured us that ours will not be left behind in line with the United Nations’ SDGs 2030 agenda.”

“We also hope that others should follow the example of this honourable man.”

Addressing the challenges of the Deaf with regards to Education matters and proffering solutions during the brainstorm in the commissioner’s office on Tuesday, 29 October, Monu-Eldad calls for re-examination and re-evaluation of Abia State Special Educational strategies from primary schools to the tertiary levels with a view to fashioning an all around and meaningful educational policies and actions that are integral to Deaf cultures and needs on tune with the 21st century skills and bilingual approach to education.

“We at ABSDA recognizes that Education is the engine for development, empowerment, rehabilitation and social re-integration for its citizenry in all facets of human endeavours, thus equally believe that every deaf child has the rights to best Education, standards of life and among others.” Monu-Eldad said

Dr. KCK Nwangwa in his remark promised that Secondary and hostel along employment of sign language interpreters will be established immediately

FG to kick-start policy on Sexual and Reproductive Health for persons with disabilities soon – Minister

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A strategic plan for the implementation of a policy aimed at improving access of women and girls with disabilities to sexual and reproductive health information and services would soon be made public – Disability Rights Advocacy Centre (DRAC) is leading the advocacy to ensure that the sexual and reproductive health rights of persons with disabilities are respected – DRAC is Nigeria’s leading Non-Governmental Organisation advancing the rights of women and children with disabilities

The federal government says it would soon finalize and disseminate a 5-year costed strategic plan for the implementation of the National SRHR policy for persons with disabilities.

This was disclosed by the minister of health, Dr Osagie Enahire on Tuesday, November 5 in Abuja.

The minister who was represented by a director in the ministry of health, Dr C Ugboko, made the statement at the project launch of ‘Making It Work.’

Making It Work is an initiative of Disability Rights Advocacy Centre (DRAC) funded by Voice Nigeria, who are partners of the federal ministry of foreign affairs in the Netherlands.

The initiative is geared towards initiating actions for the implementation of the national policy on sexual and reproductive health and the rights of persons with disabilities with emphasis on women and girls.

The Minister hailed DRAC for the inititative and revealed that the organisation worked with the Ministry to produce the landmark policy.

“We are very glad to associate with DRAC. There are not many organisations working hard for the rights of persons with disabilities, but DRAC has stood firm and has been consistent over the years.

“The ministry has collaborated with DRAC in producing a policy that addresses the reproductive health of persons with disabilities which has gotten the approval of the National Council of Health.

“The 5-year strategic framework will be ready in a few weeks,” he said.

Speaking on the Making It Work Project, executive director of DRAC, Dr. Irene Patrick-Ogbogu, revealed that it is a two-year project which would be piloted in the FCT and would be implemented in collaboration with FCT health sector stakeholders who were also present at the meeting.

According to her, the goal of the project is to among other things, improve sexual reproductive health of women and girls with disabilities, get the commitement of health stakeholders to implement the policy and ensure it is popularized.

In Nigeria, the World Health Organisation estimates that 25 million persons are living with disabilities.

Dr. Patrick-Ogbogu lamented that persons with disabilities have limited access to education and are forced to cope with inadequate health services hence DRAC’s mission to address the issues through the project.

She described the project as a new journey for DRAC as an organisation, declaring the commitment of she and her team towards advancing the rights of women and girls with disabilities.

At the event, stakeholders were taken through the goal, objectives, components, outputs and expected outcomes of the Making it Work project and were given the opportunity to join the project implementation hub.

There was also a keynote presentation titled: Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights of Women and Girls with Disabilities: An Urgent Priority, delivered by Ngozi Nwosu-Juba, Executive Director of Vision Springs Initiative.

DRAC partners such as, Women Africa, the Disability Rights Fund, Centre for Deaf Inclusion and the FCT chapter Joint National Association of Persons with Disability delivered goodwill messages at the event.

Highlight of the event was the unveiling of the Making it Work project banners and the cutting of a cake to signal the commencement of the project. (Legit)

CCD Cautions PWDs On Safety In Bayelsa And Kogi Polls

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The Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), an NGO, has advised Persons Living With Disabilities (PLWDs) in Kogi and Bayelsa States to ensure that their security is guaranteed before going out to cast their votes on Nov. 16.


Mr David Anyaele, the Executive Director of the centre, gave the advice while addressing newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja.


He said it was important for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to collaborate with relevant security agencies to ensure their safety to and from the polling stations. This was reported by NNN

“We all know that assess to rehabilitation services in this country is very poor.

“So if the security situation is not conducive, please do not go out to vote because only the living can vote in the next election,” he said.

The executive director, while delivering a summary report on the assessment of provisions for PLWDs in INEC preparation for the forthcoming elections, recommended that PLWDs cast their votes within their vicinity.

“Provision should be made for more accessible polling stations and polling booths, especially for people using wheel-chairs.

“Arrangement should also be made for PLWDs to vote at the nearest polling places to their residence, regardless of their place of registration.

“INEC should also ensure that election materials are available in accessible formats that is, braille, large prints, tactile formats, audio-visual formats for PLWDs.

“There should be provision for sign language interpreters and other specialists to assist PWDs during elections,” he said.

LASODA trains over 200 civil servants on sign language interpreting

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The Lagos State Government has begun a three-day training on sign language communication for over 200 civil servants drawn from various Governments, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, to sharpen their skills to communicate effectively with people with hearing impairment.

Flagging off the training on Monday in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Segun Dawodu said the importance of sign communication as an effective method of communication between people living with hearing impairment on one hand and members of the public on the other hand could not be over-emphasized reported PM News.

Dawodu, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Youth and Social Development, Yewande Falugba, said LASODA, as an agency that promotes better welfare services; rights, privileges and social inclusion of People Living With Disabilities in Lagos State, aimed to advance the special people’s law of the current administration.

“It is in line of our responsibilities to facilitate workshop as this for greater public awareness and their participation in sign communication skills for better understanding when communicating with those concerned i.e. deaf/hearing impairment to be precise.

“Presently and for the past few years, our focus has been on training the Civil/Public Servants and to integrate them on the usefulness of sign language in bridging communication gaps.To further attest to this, sign language placards are hung at some MDAs to show the importance Government attach to sign Language communication,” Dawodu,  said.

He charged the participants to pay more attention in order to acquire the needed sign communication skills that would be of immense values and benefits to them.

“For the beneficiaries of this workshop, it is my believe that you will make good use of it as the objective of training you is to ensure that in every MDAs of the state government, the private sector and federal agencies in the State; there must be at least, one or two persons who should be able to communicate with persons with hearing impairment who may be there to make inquiries, solicit information or for other legal purposes and would need someone to interact with,” he added.

Acting General Manager, LASODA, Mr. Adegboyega Alejo, said the training was aimed at breaking the barrier in communication experienced by people with hearing impairment when transacting business with government offices and others.

He added that the training would expose participants to sign language communication and adopt pragmatic approach in their relationship with people with hearing impairment.

Group protest for implementation of 5% employment slot for persons with disabilities

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A group of applicants with disabilities under auspice of Association of Physically challenge applicants/ workers on Monday 4th, November, 2019 blocked the headquarters of National Universities Commission to demand the implementation of 5% percent employment slot for persons with disabilities.

INN learnt that the group have initially written a letter to the Executive Secretary of the Commission seeking audience to make a case for the implementation of 5% employment quota for the persons with disabilities whenever vacancy exist but request fell into deaf ears that necessitated their protest.

After blocking the gate for more than 30mins with even the DPO intervening, the Director, Public Affair Department Mr. Yakassi came and informed the group that they should come back on Wednesday by 11am to meet with the Executive Secretary.

This group has taken it upon themselves to take advocacy to all government agencies, meet with the head of the agencies to get their commitments towards implementation 5% employment quota as it stipulated in Part 4, article 29 of Discrimination against persons with disabilities (Prohibition) Act.

Deaf Nigerian Profile 006: Learning Sign Language Was The Best Decision I Made In Life- Fakunle Bukola

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By Oyeleke Bernice

Ms Fakunle Bukola is the National Social Secretary of Nigerian National Association of the Deaf. She picked up the pieces of her loss of hearing at age 32 and found more pleasure plus purpose living with the deafness.

Meet Ms Fakunle Bukola as she shares inspiring story to encourage others:

“Following series of punitive slaps to the face from older siblings and a major deafening slap from a brother in-law when I was 12, I gradually lost my sense of hearing. Diagnosis was done five years later and my father was advised to enroll me into a special school because I could not cope with mainstream classroom setting.

I was in SS2 when I was withdrawn from school. I kept repeating classes as my grades fell drastically. My mother began to take me around for spiritual intervention and when no solution was found, I was left at home, out of school.

Loneliness became a partner as I could not join in family discussion. While everyone was talking about head, I would be responding with tail. In my loneliness, I created a shell around myself and took up a hobby in reading and silently serving others.

I wanted to be a Nurse.
I migrated from Ibadan to Lagos to learn auxiliary nursing but no hospital would take me. So I opted to be trained as a Seamstress. It kept me occupied and out of trouble with men as I was very comely and had a lot of advances from men.

After a year at the training, I came back to Ibadan but my father would not take me back saying I left home without his knowledge. So I latched on to a man who came proposing and moved in with him after informal introduction. I took in and had my only son.

Feeling like half and half because I neither completed my secondary education nor sewing training, with the aid of my pastor and church brethren, I went back to complete the latter first.

Seven years later, I decided to work as auxiliary teacher but the proprietor suggested I go back to special school and he led me to Methodist Grammar school, Ibadan, where I saw Deaf students for the first time. I was 32. I wept!

I started Attending classes, learnt sign language and my life took a positive turn as my self confidence and esteem began to rise.

I attended Mount Zion Institute of Christian Drama in 2009 and got admission into Federal College of Education special (FCEs), Oyo the following year to study Theater Arts and was given an award being the student with the highest JAMB score. All through my three years of study, I was sewing.

I now have a workroom close to FCES Oyo campus where Deaf girls are trained in the creative art of sewing.
I also do script editing, screenplay writing and acting.

Learning Sign language was one of the best decision I made in life. It brought marvelous people into my life and fills the vacuum created by family negligence.

It makes me more useful to myself and humanity. I am proud of my Deafness and our ‘Deafinite’ Language.”

BBNaija: Ike spends quality time with contestants of Most Beautiful Deaf Girl in Nigeria (Photos)

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Former Big Brother Naija reality star, Ike took time yesterday to meet with the contestants of Most Beautiful Deaf Girl in Nigeria. The contestants could not hide their joy as they were so happy to meet with the reality star. It was an amazing moment for them.

Correctng reported that the BBNaija star, in his excitement took to his social media page to share the wonderful moments with the caption: “I love the love”

Students Leader Urges University Management To Reduce The School Fees For Students With Disabilities

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Reported by Comr. Yusuf kumo.

The president of Students Representative Council of Gombe State University, Comrade Anas Ahmed has urged the Gombe State University management to reduce the school registration fees for Students living with disabilities in the University.

In a press release signed by his media aide and forwarded to INN on Friday, 1st November, the President in his own words said “With all sense of respect, we request the indulgence of the management to reduce the school fees for persons with disabilities so as to encourage and support the studies of people living with disabilities”

In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Aliyu El-Nafaty said “the management are currently set to open an account that will serve the purpose. More so, the management will mobilise donors to support the education of the people with disabilities as well as less privilege people” he added.

Disability Awareness: DINABI goes to church; urges parents not to hide Children with Disabilities

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Disability Not A Barrier Initiative (DINABI) kicked off their 8-Church Sensitization programme tagged “FROM THE CHURCH” today 3rd November, 2019 at the St. Jude Anglican Church, Textile Area, Basiri, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State.

The campaign which was aimed at increasing the awareness of parents and guardians of children with disabilities on the need not to hide their children indoor any longer but allow them to get required education and live a purposeful life and also to tutor parents and guardian of children with disabilities on the best way of taking care of them. The campaign was supported by Brilliant Minds Academy, Ado-Ekiti.

The 470-capacity church auditorium which was almost filled to the brim rose with applause as the Executive Director of the organisation, Olajide Funso, was called forward to sensitize the congregation.

Engr. Olajide while speaking told the congregation that he would not be surprised if there were still parents even in the congregation that have children with disabilities at home that are not known to the pastor due to fear of discrimination, shame, stigmatization and archaic belief.

He urged such parents/guardians to emulate him and other members of the team who are all graduates and doing well in life.

He also encouraged the parents/guardians to always watch what and how they address their children with disabilities. He admonished them to instil courage in them, set targets for them, make research on their type of disability, consult groups/association of persons with disabilities and also tell and show them stories of people with disabilities who have made it in life.

Olajide further urged the pastorate and members of the congregation to speak up for persons with disabilities most especially on their rights as a member of the society and the need to implement the Disability Acts.

In his response, the senior pastor of the church, Ven. Deji Alabi appreciated the team from DINABI for counting their church worthy of such laudable programme stating that he was proud to associate with the organisation.

He promised to carry the message to the nooks and crannies of the world and to speak up for “the people with special abilities”. He urged the congregation not to hide kids with disabilities at home any longer; rather, they should look at the team from DINABI as an example worthy of emulation.

In her sermon titled “The Purpose of God for Man”, Pastor (Mrs) Oyindamola urged the congregation to move closer to God irrespective of their disabilities so as to fulfil God’s purpose for their lives.
At the end of the event, the church through Ven. Alabi promised to empower some persons with disabilities among those whom DINABI had trained in skill acquisition in the past but with no financial capacity to start their own business. DINABI Team also donated snacks to the children in the church.