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Humanitarian Affairs Ministry distributes N25,000 to 30 families

In commemoration of the 2022 International Day of Families, the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has distributed N25, 000 cash grants to 30 families in Abuja.

Speaking in Abuja, Thursday, during an event organised by the ministry to celebrate the day, the Minister, Sadiya Umar Farouq, who was represented by the Director of Humanitarian Affairs, Alhaji Ali Grema, said poverty was one of the reasons for domestic violence being recorded in families, adding that the ministry will continue providing humanitarian assistance to families to curb the menace.

She said: “The International Day of the Family aims at fostering equality, bringing a fuller sharing of domestic responsibilities and employment opportunities. The family is the basic and natural unit of society, which plays a critical role of nurturing and caring for individual family members, from children, to youth, men, women, people living with disabilities and the older generation.

“One of the major challenges facing families is the problem of domestic violence, especially gender-based violence. We need to address the violence within our families and be good role models for our children. Violence against women, many of whom are mothers, remains one of the most pervasive human rights violations in our country. It has far-reaching consequences endangering the lives of women and children and harming families and communities. Preventing family violence should be a key priority for all of us.

“Another issue confronting families today is substance abuse. Drug abuse is a major contributor to family and social disintegration. In this regard, we will continue working closely with other government agencies such as National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and other relevant stakeholders to prevent drug abuse and the harm that drugs cause to families and society in general.

“In the same vein, families also experience financial constraints as most of them solely depend on social grants to provide for their basic needs. Issues of crime and violence within families cannot also be ignored as they are exacerbated by the socioeconomic status of families.

“All these identified social ills have profoundly affected the well being of family members and consequently placed an added burden on children. Some parents spend most of their time at work and thus cannot exercise their parental obligation. So, today as we celebrate the International Day for Families, we have to ask ourselves: what have we done to support families confronted by all these challenges?”

She added: “As part of this year celebration, the Ministry has identified and selected 30 families to be empowered with the sum of N25,000 only as Grant to improve their wellbeing. Let me use this important occasion to re-emphasise the need for families and communities to support and protect people with disabilities. People with disabilities are members of families who are mostly neglected in terms of care and understanding. These family members sometimes are ostracised by their siblings such that they end up living in absolute poverty due to lack of socio-economic support.

“Communities must promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilise support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. People with disabilities form part of families and communities and they have a right to be heard, to be understood and to evolve like everyone else The marginalisation of people with disabilities limits their potential to contribute to society.”

One of the beneficiaries, Mrs Aisha Yakubu, said she will use the N25,000 to add to her petty business as she has been struggling to feed her five children since she lost her husband three years ago.

Chairman Disability Affairs Commission Applauds Gov.Bello for Political Inclusiveness in the State

The Chairman Disability Affairs Commission, Hon. Arome Ibrahim, on behalf of the management, staff, and members of the Commission, heartily appreciates His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello for political Inclusiveness and for recognizing one of their members, Hon Adukwu Emmanuel for an offer of the automatic ticket under the platform of the All Progressive Congress ( APC) to contest for Kogi State House of Assembly representing Ankpa 1 Constituency.

The Chairman of the board, Hon Arome Ibrahim made the commendation in Lokoja while addressing the press on the political development of Governor Bello’s led administration in Kogi State.

He stated further that, they have no regrets for supporting Governor Yahaya Bello’s project at all times and use this medium to appeal to other contestants of the same position to take the emergence of Hon Adukwu Emmanuel as God’s divine project, urged for support for the upcoming general election as the mandate will bring about all around dividends of democracy to the Constituency.

He equally commended the leadership of APC at the national, state, local government areas, and wards level and assured the party of more commitment of members for the actualization of the mandate come 2023 InshAllah.

I Will Retire From Albinism Association Of Nigeria As President – Jack Epelle

President of The Albinism Association of Nigeria (AAN), Jack Epelle has disclosed that he is set to retire from his position as President of The Albinism Association of Nigeria on August 30.

Epelle made the disclosure at Diversity Sunday, an event organized to celebrate People with Disabilities at The King’s Court, Redeemed Christian church of God, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Giving insight into his decision, the President revealed that his retiring is informed by the desire to give youth the chance to lead.

“I had three years as CEO of the foundation. Now it’s about time to step down for the younger ones to lead”.

Epelle who described Persons with Albinism as having inadequate melanin which affect coloring of skins and some parts of the body revealed that the Albinism foundation is today worth 10 million dollars in project.

“The European Union just implemented a huge project after about 3 years of my administration. According to Epelle, if you do well, they will give you direct grants. Fortunately, we did well and they gave us a budget that is 10 times more than what we did in 3 years.

Jack also faults those who refer to PWDs as People “Living” with Disabilities.

According to him, “PWDs don’t live with disability. We are Persons with Disabilities, remove the word “living” from the term. By saying I live with disability, you are indirectly laying emphasis on my Disability. You insinuate that until the Disability leaves, I am not the same person.”

“Don’t put the person’s situation first before the person”, Jack enlightens.

A visibly elated Jack heaped praises on the Parish Pastor, Ben Akabueze for being the reason beside the founding of the foundation. He went on to task him to make every Sunday a Diversity Sunday in a distinct way – even if unheralded, by creating a comfortable environment and encouraging/assisting People with Disabilities to be part of the church amidst Diversities.

He urged the Pastor to make provision for sign language services a permanent feature in the church.

“Hire a sign language interpreter or counselor with a non-discriminatory attitude, Epelle advised.

“You don’t attract people you like, rather, you attract people you celebrate.” He said.

2 visually impaired lovers wed, tell love stories

Thankgod Ohaeri and Amarachi Nwokedi felt their way down the aisle at St. Peter’s Catholic Church Nkwelle, Awka on Saturday.

It was one of such weddings, especially with the way the occasion was jammed with 15 Catholic priests and government officials; and how the couple have no idea of what each other looked like, let alone their wedding guests.

Both are visually and impaired, but they found love.

Thankgod comes from Ohokobe Ndume Ibeku, Umuahia North Local Government Area, Abia State, while his wife Amarachi Nwokedi, is a native of Umunnebuogbu Okohia, Ihiala, Ihiala council area.

In an interview with the Anambra State Broadcasting Service, Thankgod, a lawyer, spoke about how he met his wife and how some people tried to discourage him from getting married.

“Today, I feel great walking down the aisle with my lovely wife. It was indeed ordained by God. By the grace of God I feel I have moved to the next level of life. I met my wife when I was a student. She was living close to my apartment and I was the one helping her. So from there, we fell in love and that’s what led to today’s occasion,” Thankgod said.

“There were many challenges, but with God on our side we have been scaling through. Though my wife is blind, she’s doing well. It is a thing of joy to be with her. When I said I want to marry, many people were against me, but as a man I know what I want and I went for it.

“I realized that there is ability in disability, that a person is blind doesn’t mean he/she can’t go to school. My wife is a civil servant and works in the Ministry of Education. So I wish we will continue in the mutual understanding we have built, because understanding matters so much in any marriage”, said the groom

On her part, the bride said she is so happy getting married to Thankgod.

“This is the best time of my life since I was born. Thanks be to God for achieving my dream. I was attracted to my husband because he is a God fearing person, nice and loving.”

Experts urge Buhari to sign older persons’ bill

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.)

Experts have urged President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Retd.), to sign the Bill on Rights of Older Persons.

This call came from the communique issued at the end of the Dissemination Workshop on Baseline Survey on the Care of the Elderly in Nigeria.

The workshop, according to a statement on Tuesday, was organised by Dewdrop Foundation in Abuja.

Some of the resolutions from the communique include; the establishment of units in all Local Government Areas for reporting cases of abuse of older persons; enactment of appropriate punishment for abusers of older persons; sensitisation and awareness creation on the menace of abuse of older persons; education and family reorientation on the care of older persons; develop IEC materials for National Orientation Agency to lead in the creation of awareness in the communities.

“Establishment of functional Nursing Homes in all Local Government Areas especially for vulnerable older persons; establishment of geriatric units in all Primary Healthcare Centers in all Local Government Areas; establishment of social and recreational centers in all Local Government areas.”

17.7m fully vaccinated against COVID-19, says Fed Govt

By Moses Emorinken

The Federal Government yesterday disclosed that over 17.7 million Nigerians are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pandemic, representing 15.8 per cent of the eligible population.

It said as of May 24, 29,651,708 eligible persons have received the 1st dose of the COVID-19 vaccines, which represents 23.4 per cent of the country’s eligible population, while 14,179,966 people have received the second dose.

It said 1,178,604 people have received the booster dose of the vaccine.

The Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib, made this known in Abuja while receiving four million, four hundred thousand (4,400,000) doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines donated by the Government of Spain.

He said: “I must let you know that this donation came when it is most needed, as we are rapidly ramping up our full vaccination coverage. The single-dose regimen of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will enable us to move rapidly towards achieving herd immunity.

“I urge people aged 18 years and above, including expectant mothers and breastfeeding mothers, who are yet to receive their COVID-19 vaccines, or who are due for their second or booster dose, to visit the nearest health facility and get vaccinated.”

The Ambassador of Spain, Juan Ignacio Sell, said: “Spain is not alone in this endeavour. This donation is part of a larger one together with the EU and other member-states, and a very fine example of the many things we do as Team Europe in Nigeria.”

“I hail the National Primary Health Care Development Agency and its Executive Director, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for their campaign to get Nigerians vaccinated against COVID-19 pandemic.”

Ekiti Guber: IFA Charges PWDs To Vote In Large Numbers

Persons With Disabilities in Ekiti State have been advised to change the narrative come June 18 2022 governorship election in the state by coming out in large number to vote for candidate of their choices.

However a call was also made to the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC Ekiti State to ensure the provision of assistive materials for Persons with Disabilities during the election so as to enable them participate seamlessly.

These and more are the outcome of Access Nigeria Campaign Get Out the Vote (GOTV) Town Hall Meeting with Persons with Disabilities (PWD), Media and Stakeholders held at 11th House Hotels, Near Bawa Estate, Adebayo, Iworoko Road, Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday May 24, 2022.

Speaking separately, the various clusters of the PWDs narrated their experiences over the years and among their recommendations were the need for improved awareness and training of INEC Ad-hoc staff on how to relate with PWDs.

That INEC should ensure compliance with Sec 54 of the electoral Act, partner security agencies to give support and security to PWDs, provide assistive materials such as Braille Ballot, Magnifying glasses for Albinos, place ballot boxes at accessible places among others.

In her address of welcome, Executive Director, the Inclusive Friends Association, Grace Jerry said the programme which was supported by NDI was aimed at reawakening the consciousness of the PWDs on their rights and the need to exercise their civic responsibilities.

She said “IFA considers this Get Out the Vote (GOTV) Town Hall with Persons with Disabilities (PWD) meeting very strategic as it will provide a leed way as we prepare for the gubernatorial elections in Ekiti June 18, 2022.

The Access Nigeria Campaign have over the years documented good successes through GOTV engagement which provide PWDs the opportunity to synergize their idea and document strategies to mobilize PWDs communities in Participation during the Ekiti State Governorship Election.

As an Organisation of PWDs, we recognize the efforts of INEC, security agencies, political parties and the media as their efforts over the years to the plight of PWDS are not unnoticed.

I like to emphasize that, this meeting is not to witch-hunt any Stakeholder but rather to document the gains made, identify challenges, and pave way for collaborations in other to provide adequate recommendations to better the lot of PWDs during the aforementioned elections.

She listed some of the challenges in mobilizing PWDs in previous elections to include but not limited to:
1.Societal attitudes
2.Family influence in discouraging PWDs
3.Absence of systems
4.Low knowledge of existing systems
5.Insecurity issues etc.

Grace Jerry said she also looked forward to observing the full implementation of section 54(2) of the Electoral Act, 2022 which mandates INEC to provide necessary assistive materials and accessibility to persons with disabilities towards an independent voting process.

In a remark, the Country Director, National Democratic Institute, Dr. Steve Snook represented by programme Officer, Judith Edosa appreciated the participants and management of IFA with a promise to continue to support programmes that would make life better for PWDs.

Also the Director of the National Orientation Agency Ekiti State, Mrs Olubumi Famuyiwa appreciated IFA for organizing the programme and promised that NOA would continue to do its best and creating awareness on how to create better environment for PWDs and the need for them to vote.

Rotary gives out 20 wheel chairs to persons with physical disabilities

Committee Secretary, Rotarian Ogunmolu Anthony (2nd left); District Governor, Rotarian Remi Bello; Chairman, Wheel Chair Committee, Past Assistant Governor, Tunde Ezichi; Past District Governor, Dr. Deinde Shoga and beneficiaries at the event

Twenty persons with physical disabilities benefitted from the magnanimity of Rotary International, District 9110 at the Wheel Chairs Presentation Event 2022 that took place at the Rotary Centre, GRA, Ikeja.

Speaking at the event, the Chairman, Wheel Chair Committee, Past Assistant Governor, Tunde Ezichi, premised the giving out of the wheel chairs on the fact that it would facilitate the movement of the beneficiaries, remove some challenges that would have remained permanent with them, as well as getting them engaged in their own little way.
He added that provision was made for thirty beneficiaries, but only twenty showed up.

“We insisted that they must be physically present to collect the wheel chairs because we have heard that in the past, some came to collect the wheel chairs and sold them, thereby defeating the motive behind the project.

“We notified various clubs of the programme and asked them for names of potential beneficiaries and their photographs, ensuring that those who really need the wheel chairs are the beneficiaries.

“We also got in touch with some homes such as Spinal Bifida Home, knowing that disability is not limited to polio victims.

“We also contacted Coordinator, Polio Rescue, Mr. Gbenga Kuye, who also gave us some names,” he said.

Ezichi, who gave kudos to sponsors, including several individuals, put the cost of the twenty wheel chairs at over N2million, attributing the reduced cost to buying them in bulk, at N1,400,000.

The District Governor, Rotarian Remi Bello, said it was stringent that the wheel chairs were actually given to those that need them, hence the reason for having the number of the beneficiaries with a view to keep monitoring them to ensure they are not sold or transferred to the third party.

He told the beneficiaries that strict compliance with this condition would open doors for other things to benefit from Rotary International.

Kuye appreciated the gesture of Rotary International with the promise to ensure that no one transfers his or her chair to another person.

“Majority of us are polio survivors left with disability. About 40 people applied from our non-governmental organisation, but only eight were given,” he said.

Past District Governor, Dr. Oladeinde Shoga gave the keynote address at the event.

Kogi 2023: PWD Assembly aspirant gets automatic nod from Governor Bello, promises victory

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has granted an automatic nod for House of Assembly aspirant, Mr.Adukwu Emmanuel to contest unopposed on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, after putting to vote his decision.

The event occurred on Tuesday at the Kogi State All Progressives Congress, critical stakeholders meeting which was part of the preparation for the forthcoming primary polls in the state.

Governor Bello has always openly shown support for the persons with disabilities in his government which has often reflected in his policies, plans, programmes, bills and appointments of such individuals into his cabinet.

The governor at the meeting put the choice of automatic ticket for persons living with disability to vote which other aspirants and stakeholders unanimously voted in agreement.

Gov. Bello urged others to show interest in elective positions noting that he would support and be there for them at all times. Bello also charged that not less than 7 women get the ticket for the assembly in the forthcoming elections under the APC.

Mr. Adukwu Emmanuel who was overwhelmed by the governor’s gesture could not hide his excitement as he lauded governor Bello for being a truly compassionate leader who was befitting to lead Nigeria.

SUN-TECH Prosthetics & Orthotics Limited Appoints Disability Advocate As Ambassador

by Orjime Moses

SUN-TECH Prosthetic and Orthodotics Limited has signed a one year partnership with a Disability Advocate and an Amputee, Miss Aver Akighir as the ambassador of their brand.

SUN-TECH Prosthetics and Orthotics LTD is a Company that deals on customized Prosthetics such as above and below knee prosthetics, below and above elbow prosthetics, Transhumeral Prosthetics, Myoelectric hands and Mechanical hands, Silicone Prosthetics (silicone breast, eye, nose, ear, fingers and toes and Customized Orthotics such as Ankle foot orthotics, calipers, knee/ankle braces, spinal braces, neck collar, various corsets(LC, TLC, TLSC) and all disability supports (wheelchair, crutches, walking frame and cane).

Speaking during the signing of partnership , The Chairman and Founder of the Company, Prince Sunny Ukachukwu, while unveiling Miss Aver to the Press said that their choice of Aver Akighir was informed by her track record of hard work, integrity and ability to carry along other persons with disabilities.

Aver has been an inspiration to other young women like her and our little background check on her shows that she is of good character, responsible so we are engaging her to be our ambassador to project our brand.

“She found herself in this condition with the trauma that goes with it but she didn’t limit herself and she didn’t allow that to deter her from achieving her goals. She is still making a lot of impact in the society she found herself, she is bold with a lot of confidence.

Based on that we at SUN-TECH Orthotics and Prosthetics company, felt that she has all it takes to represent our image and to be our ambassador.

The Chairman of SUN-TECH stated that the Company was found to assist those who have lost their limbs or any other part of their body as a result of disease, trauma or wickedness of man from reckless drivers causing accidents or pogroms such as the terrorism.

Therefore, the Company decided to stand in the gap by partnering with them and after their interaction with a lot of people, Aver is spectacular among many, so the Company decided to engage her to project the brand.

Miss Aver Akighir while speaking to the press said that the appointment came as a surprise because she doesn’t think that she has done so much going by the accolades given to her By Chairman of the Company.

“I am so surprised, overwhelmed with joy by the opportunity given to me by SUN-TECH Prosthetics and Orthotics Limited.

She promised to use the opportunity to better the lives of other amputees within the disability Community by ensuring that they get the useful information about prosthetics and get the right prosthetics through SUN-TECH.

2023: ZLP offers free forms to women, youths, PWDs

By Adamu Abuh

The opposition Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) has offered free Expression of Interest and Nomination forms to women, youths and Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) aspiring to various elective seats on its platform.

Its National Chairman, Mr. Dan Nwanyanwu, stated this in Abuja while speaking on the outcome of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting.

Nwanyanwu urged youths, women and persons with disabilities, interested in contesting the 2023 polls to take free nomination forms for their categories to contest on its platform.

He said with the conclusion of ZLP congresses in most of the states, the party would commence its primaries on May 27 with the states’ Houses of Assembly nomination and conclude with the presidential primary on June 1.

Nwanyanwu said: “We have held our congresses across the states, except in a few. We are also ready with primaries in line with Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) published timetable. Our primaries for the state assemblies will commence on May 27 and terminate with the presidential primary on June 1, where the presidential candidate will be unveiled.

“We are calling on youths to use this window. This opportunity of free nomination for them, for women, for people living with disabilities to come and run on our platform.

“We are coming up with a new name to accommodate all shades of opinion. This party will grow and be better than what it is. ..”

“We don’t want to leave any group behind. But everything must be hinged on the people, on the masses. It is not a question of having an ideology that will not protect the people. We will not lose sight of our ideology. We will not lose sight of our mission and vision.”

2023: Lois Auta Hands Over NDW Management To Vice

The President, Network for Disabled Women (NDW), Madam Lois Auta-Udonkanta has handed over management of the organization to her Vice as she looks set to fully focus on her political aspirations.

The leave of absence is to enable her focus on her political journey for a seat in the Kaduna State House of Assembly. Without a doubt, the ambition will place a tight demand on her schedules. The break took effect on 16th May 2022.

Meanwhile, in Auta’s absence, Vice President of the Network, Rose Daniel will operate in her stead as provided by NDW extant constitution.

Lois had on May 19, declared her intention to contest for the Kaduna State House of Assembly, Kaura constituency. The All Progressives Congress (APC) House of Assembly primary election is set for Thursday 26, May 2022.

Telcos protest N90bn new phone tax, to bill subscribers

SIM cards

By Temitayo Jaiyeola

The Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria has described the recent move by the Federal Government to add a one kobo per second tax on phone calls as a bad move.

According to it, this is insensitive considering the operating environment of telecom companies.

The umbrella body for telecom companies said, “For us as at ALTON, it is bad fate on the part of the government, and it is badly intended. This is because when we came out that the government should look at our cost of operations and give us room to review tariffs, everybody treated us like an outcast.

“The same government is now coming in a matter of days to say they are introducing new taxes. So, when they were saying to us that we cannot increase tariff because it is insensitive to the plight of the people and now, they brought another tax through the back door, we think it is bad fate and badly intended. So, if we cannot review based on the impact it will have on subscribers, why are they bringing in another tax, still on subscribers. Government cannot act in one way and say another thing.”

The Federal Government is proposing a one kobo per seconds tax on phone calls in the nation to fund free healthcare for the Vulnerable Group in Nigeria.

This was disclosed in the National Health Insurance Authority Bill 2021 signed by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), recently. This translates to a nine per cent tax on GSM calls if implemented.

ALTON added that the new tax would reduce the value subscribers get from telecom services, as they would need to pay more to enjoy what they used to.

The association stated, “It will affect the subscribers because they get less value for what they pay for. It means now that when you buy an N100 recharge card, the percentage will be deducted from it and paid to the government. So, it is actually short-changing the people. What will happen is that operators will be mandated to collect this tax on their behalf and remit it to the government.”

It said the government should consider taxing another industry rather than telecoms. According to it, subscribers will have to pay extra for this new cost.

It added, “This can be introduced to another sector of the economy.

“The reason for it is understandable, but we think it can be sourced from another source, not telecoms subscribers, whom government itself has said they are suffering because of high of living lately. We will not complain as operators because we will definitely remit, it is the subscribers that will bear the brunt.

School Feeding: FG to spend N999m daily on approximately 10m pupils

The Federal Government on Tuesday said N999 million would be spent daily to feed approximately 10 million pupils in the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) across the country.

Hajiya Aishatu Digil, the Team Lead of NHGSFP disclosed this at a stakeholders meeting on disbursement modalities for the review cost of feeding in the programme in Abuja.

She said Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development got the approval of spending N100 per person daily on the feeding in the programme.

She said that 9, 990, 862 pupils from primary one to three in the programme would now be fed with N100 daily for 20 days in a month, which would amount to N999,086,200 million daily.

“Prior to this, we were feeding school children with N70 per child, per meal. This was since 2016 but the President has approved N100 upward review.

“We have all stakeholders like the World Food Programme, National Bureau of Statistics, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Ministries of Agriculture, Education and others to deliberate on the modalities of disbursements.

“We are here basically to look at how best we can realise the benefits of the programme based on the new approved cost to improve the standard and quality of the meal and menu for the children.

“The breakdown of the N100 is as follows; N70 is for the cost of all food items except egg, N14 for cost of egg to be implemented through the state structures in partnership with Poultry Association of Nigeria.

“We are planning of having ‘Egg Wednesday’, where each child in the programme will be giving one egg each every Wednesday.

“N10 stipends for cooks, N5 and N6 for micronutrient fortification, payable to cooks and one naira for quality assurance, payable to supervisors, which is optional,” she said.

Digil said the programme would ensure the elimination of poor implementation practices, adding that the ministry was looking out for reforms.

“After this meeting, we will collate inputs from stakeholders and present to the minister so that we will implement the reviewed feeding cost in the next feeding circle, which starts this month,’’ she said.

Meanwhile, Dr Umar Bindir, the National Resource Person of the National Social Investment Programme said that the programme was not the responsibility of the Federal Government alone.

Bindir said to implement the procedure of deploying the N30 that made it N100 in effective feeding of school children, it was absolutely necessary to consult with stakeholders.

Malam Musa Abubakar, the Programme Manager of NHGSFP in Sokoto State said pupils and their parents were happy with the initial N70 per meal per child.

“However, with the upward review of N100, all of them will smile as this will also boost the rate of school enrolment.”

Mr Chika Ebogha, the Chief Programme Officer at NOA said the N100 per meal per child was a good improvement.

Ebogha called on Digil to step up in the area of compliance on states that have challenges, adding that NOA was willing to assist on monitoring and evaluation of the programme nationwide.

Mr Kingsley Anikwe from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development suggested that formation of school garden should be encouraged in schools to handle the production of agricultural produce.

Ms Irowa Irabor, the Project Manager, Enhancing Access to Safer Nutritious Diet Project (GAIN) said the organisation would provide technical and capacity development to the programme.

Irabor said GAIN would be interested in the `Egg Wednesday Campaign’, adding that the organisation could support in creating visibility in the implementation in states.

Mr Onallo Akpa, the Director-General, Poultry Association of Nigeria called for effective collaboration with the association to actualise the `Egg Wednesday’ initiative.

However, some stakeholder suggested that state governments should actively involve others, saying that cooking of meal should be done within the school vicinity and that farmers should also be evaluated. (NAN)

Presidency 2023: Atiku promises to implement Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act

A presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has promised to ensure the implementation of the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2018.

Atiku receiving a delegation of Persons with Disabilities in Nigeria in Abuja, in continuation of his consultations with relevant stakeholders in the country, emphasized only the PDP can guarantee the full implementation of Persons with Disabilities and Prohibition Act in Nigeria.

Atiku told the delegation of Persons with Disabilities that PDP has taken deliberate steps to include persons with Disabilities in the mainstream of governance when the party gets to power in 2023.

The persons with Disabilities were in Abuja on the invitation of Atiku. They acknowledged that “the invitation is a true reflection of the desires of the leading PDP aspirant to work for all Nigerians if given the mandate to preside over Nigeria’s affairs.”

They commended Atiku for his contributions to empowering persons with Disabilities in Nigeria.