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CCD Wants Lawmakers To Demand Full Implementation Of Disability Bill

Center for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) continues lobbying for the full implementation of the National Disability Act with a courtesy visit to the Chairman and members of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters at the Nigeria National Assembly.

The CCD advocacy team led by its Executive Director, David Anyaele was on Wednesday, 30 October, received by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Sen. Michael Opeyemi Bamidele at the Committee room 305.

“It was a kind of reunion with our former Commissioner, Comrade Sen. Bamidele, who used to supervise disability issues in Lagos State 2003 – 2007 as a Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, under Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the then Governor of Lagos.” Anyaele said

Addressing the Committee members, Anyaele urged the lawmakers to demand the full compliance with the provisions of the Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2018, specifically section 31 of the Act, which provides for the establishment of National Commission for persons with disabilities. He presented copies of the National Disability Act and CCD research reports to the members of the Committee.

He also appealed to the Senators to move a motion on the floor of the Senate demanding for the full implementation of the Act amongst line Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government.

In his words, Comrade Sen. Michael Opeyemi Bamidele said “It was really nice to see you again. By the Grace of God, I will work on the motion as soon as possible”.

Other members of the Committee that spoke in support of the visit include Sen. Emmanuel Orker-Jev, who was the Vice Chairman of the 8 session of the National Assembly, Joint Conference Committee on the National Disability Bill and Mr. Charles Bala, Clerk of the Committee.

District Level Election and Referendum: EC Engages Women, PWDs In Ghana

The Electoral Commission (EC), as part of its efforts to encourage greater participation in the upcoming District Level Election (DLE) and the referendum, has organised a day’s sensitisation workshop for women and Persons With Disabilities in the Cape Coast Metropolis.

The workshop sought to educate participants on the DLE and the referendum and to solicit their support to participate in the effective dissemination of information on the DLE and referendum to the grassroots.

It was held on the theme: “Enhancing the participation of women and Persons with Disabilities in the upcoming 2019 District Assembly/ Unit Committee elections and the referendum.”

Speaking at the workshop, the National Director of Human Resource of the EC, Mr Samuel Boadu, said voters remained the most critical stakeholders in election administration and stressed the need for them to improve their knowledge on the electoral processes and procedures.

He underscored the importance of the DLE in the local governance structure of the country and appealed to the women and the PWDs to play their respective roles and become part of the change.

Mr Boadu encouraged them to elect people who they believed would be responsible to lead their communities, saying “Assembly members champion development in the electoral area and, therefore, the onus is on you the electorate to elect who you think is responsible”.

He urged the participants to be bold and report to the Electoral Commission when they notice people flouting electoral laws for the necessary actions to be taken against them.

On the referendum, Mr Boadu explained that it sought to amend Articles 243 (1) and 55 (3) to allow for political party participation in the election of metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives (MMDCEs).

He said the current law did not encourage political parties to sponsor candidates seeking to be elected as assembly members, but a “Yes” vote in the referendum would allow for an amendment to the law.

EC prepared

The Central Regional Director of the EC, Mrs Philomina Edusei, expressed the readiness of the commission for the upcoming elections and called for the support of all stakeholders to make it a success.

She said the EC would in due course mount platforms for the candidates to interact with their electorates.

Mrs Edusei emphasised that it was against the law for individuals, groups and organisations to mount platforms for a candidate they supported.

Participants were educated on the features and processes of both the DLE and the referendum, how women and the PWDs could effectively participate in the elections, elections and referendum offences and demonstrations on voting to avoid rejected and spoilt ballots. (GNA)

World Polio Day: Polio Survivors Receive Free Tricycles, 10 More To Be Donated

The Rotary Club of Abuja Ministers Hill in collaboration with Wheel of Hope Foundation donated 10 tricycles to Polio survivors as part of the activities to mark World Polio Day.

The donation, according to a statement received by INN was done at the closing ceremony of National Parasoccer Tournament organized by Parasoccer Federation of Nigeria supported by Rotary International.

George Hembah, the president of the Rotary Club of Abuja Ministers Hill speaking to press after the event, said “rotary club has been known to be supporting polio survivors and they are playing a vital role to ensure that Nigeria is Polio free including other reach-outs embarked upon by the club.”

He added that the organization has received 20 tricycles from Wheels of Hope Foundation, 10 has been distributed and the other 10 are yet to be distributed because they want to ensure that it is only those who are seriously in need of them, will get them. He used the opportunity to call anyone who knows someone truly needs a tricycle to reach the club and a tricycle will get to the person.

He further added that the club under his leadership have a lot of life touching programmes lined up and we will get to know about them when they are rolled out.

The event saw the attendance of some important dignitaries like Chief Emeka Offor, Mrs Bola Adegboye, Engr. M.B Nnoka, Dr. Esther Gidabo, Dr. Patrick Umagbale, Dr. Kazim Mustapha among others.

Rotary Club of Abuja in different occasions have assisted persons with disabilities with different kinds of mobility aids and at times financial assistance.

Our Son Was Born Blind – Cobhams Asuquo’s Wife Opens Up In New Interview

Ojuolape Veronica Asuquo, the wife of talented Nigerian singer and music producer, Cobhams Asuquo, has opened up in a new interview that their son was born blind.

Veronica went on to reveal how her son’s blindness has made her closer to God – Veronica, a PR expert, got married to Cobhams Asuquo in 2010.

A year later, they welcomed their first child on Nov 30th, 2011, in the US. It wasn’t until months later that she discovered he was visually impaired.

Cobhams and kids

She said,

“The elephant in the room in my life in the past six years is pretty much… So, I got married, and we got pregnant. My pregnancy was fantastic, I didn’t even know I was pregnant, found out I was pregnant, still wasn’t sure I was pregnant because I didn’t have any symptoms.

After the “smooth” pregnancy and an even smoother delivery that happened “under 45 minutes”, her baby was checked abroad and she was told he is OK.

She continued,


“Everything was so smooth. And then fast forward to four months after my son was born and the doctor was like ‘his eyes are not following’ and I was like, ‘What do you mean he’s not following?’

“And then suddenly, as a mother, your heart just starts palpitating.”

She said the doctor, who is a gynaecologist, was concerned and sent her off to a paediatrician. After a series of tests in Nigeria and abroad, it was confirmed that her son, David Asuquo cannot see with his physical eyes.

She said the experience made her question her spiritual strength. However, in spite of all that has happened, she said she believes she is making progress which is why she can finally share her story in the open.

David Asuquo, 7, is an excellent pianist just like his famous father Cobhams Asuquo, who was also born blind. (Gistreel)

Deaf Nigerian Profile 005: Learning Sign Language Open Doors Of Opportunity – Mohammed Olalekan

By Oyeleke Bernice

Mohammed Olalekan is a two Masters’ Degree Holder And Soon To Be PhD Holder. He is a civil servant in Ogun state. He is the incumbent chairman of Joint National Association of Person with Disability in Ogun State and a member of several organisations.

He graduated with Second class upper division in Botany prior to his becoming Deaf.

Meet Mohammed Olalekan as he shares inspiring story to encourage others:

“I am Mohammed Olalekan Adeniyi. I was born hearing and had hearing loss after my University education. It all started without any premonition. I obtained my Master’s degree in Forest Resources Management at the University of Ibadan and was later offered admission to study for my PhD.

I was barely few months into the programme when l suffered hearing loss after severe episode of headache. Before l knew what was happening l could not hear with my both ears after the illness. I could not believe what was happening to me. The journey to various prayer homes and medical consultation began, all in efforts to gain back my hearing loss. Honestly, l thought in few weeks or months my hearing would be restored. To my surprise months and years were rolling and the hearing is yet to be restored as expected.

With support from my Mum and brother, l started a poultry business. I reared chicks and sold it out after four weeks and also have pullets that lay eggs when matured. I became passionate but still felt unsatisfied. The income coming in is meagre to make ends meet.

I started searching for job. It was at this point that l realised the attitude of the society towards person with hearing impairment. My ordeal is worth sharing but two instances l remembered vividly was a comment made by a neighbour. She told someone closed to me to advise me to learn shoe making. That she believes l will do better in that area. When l heard what she said. I almost cried but l responded positively if she is aware that l am learned and have Master’s degree. Another occasion while searching for job. A woman told me that those who are whole are still struggling, yet to get job, let alone a deaf person.

In 2008, l got a teaching appointment as a class teacher, though the appointment wasn’t direct. You will serve the Commission and after a year you will be offered permanent appointment based on your performance. We are called grassroot teacher with a monthly allowance of #7500. The allowance doesn’t come as at when due.

After the confirmation of my appointment two years after l decided to go back to school so as to become relevant to my newly found condition and career. I secured admission into the Department of Special Education, university of Ibadan for another masters program.

My journey into the Deaf world was an interesting one and it started the day l faced the reality of deafness and accept my deafness, perceiving it from a positive perspectives rather than condemnation to an inferior life of mediocrity.

I woke up that day and dressed to search for deaf school where l can meet people like me. People who are deaf like me. I visited Cheshire Home, Ibadan and met Mr Lawal Lateef and Uncle Kayode. Both encouraged and advised me to learn sign language. I bought a copy of Joy of Signing and started reading and practising. I was committed to it as if l was preparing for Cambridge examination. Determination and tenacity has a great reward. My learning sign language didn’t only provided me with needed language but also open doors of opportunity and its a catalyst to where l am today.

I was able to go back to sch to bag another Master’s degree and by God’ s grace l will soon be a PhD holder. All these made me to understand that deafness is just a circumstance that can be overcome with positive attitude. Look inward to what you have left and not what you have lost. Nobody can make you sad without your consent. The way of life of deaf people is another beautiful experience of life.

My advise for parents of children with deafness is that you should have high expectations of what your deaf child can do. Believe in him. Give him the right to education germane to his condition. Consult experts in the field of special education. He will be guided and given the necessary support. We are Deaf and not dead. The future is more promising.”

Visually impaired professor wins Innoson’s N8.8m SUV

Prof. Jibrin Diso, a visually impaired Professor of Education at Bayero University Kano (BUK) on Friday received a car worth N8.8 million won through a raffle draw.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Budget and National Planning, Mr Ernest Umakhihe, during the hand-over of the car in Abuja, said Diso’s emergence as winner was God’s doing. Narrating how the visually impaired university don won the luxury SUV, Umakhihe explained that he led a delegation of 700 participants of Joint Planning Board and National Council on Development Planning for a meeting in Asaba, Delta.

He said that after the two days meeting, a familiarisation tour was undertaken to Innoson Vehicles Motor (IVM) plant at Nnewi to see the level of commitment of the company to manufacturing industry towards the nation’s economic diversification.

He stated that as a show of appreciation for the visit, the Chairman of the company magnanimously donated a brand new IVM Ikenga model vehicle to the delegation.

The permanent secretary said there was confusion regarding how the owner of the car could emerge among 700 participants.

According to him, in order to determine ownership and ensure transparency, the council decided to use a raffle draw where Diso emerged winner.

He added that it was God’s involvement for the visually impaired person to emerge winner in ‘699 no and one yes’, “the professor was lucky to pick the yes and he won’’.

Umakhihe congratulated the winner of the vehicle and also thanked IVM for the support to the national economic development.

He reiterated government’s commitment and determination to support and encourage the local industries through implementation of the local content’s policy in ensuring patronage of “Made in Nigeria’’ products.

Responding, Diso thanked the ministry and IVM for the donation and described his emergence as winner as an act of God. He said he was grateful to God who made it possible for him to partake in the national assignment where he had opportunity to participate in the raffle draw and later won.

“I also thank God for making me visually impaired and then gave me the opportunity to turn my disability to ability.

“I must also state it clearly that it is not easy for a visually impaired person to become a professor in this country because of several challenges,” he said.

Diso, who said he became blind at the age of two, advised other people living with disability not to relent or discouraged to contribute their quotas to the development of the country.

The professor of education enjoined government at all levels to provide opportunities for those living with disabilities to partake in government and governance of the country. (Daily trust)

Meet The Contestants For The Most Beautiful Deaf Girl In Nigeria, 2019

First ever Miss Deaf Nigeria will be crowned on 1st November, 2019 at Standard Bearer School, Lekki, Lagos.

The Winner of the contest is expected to win 100 thousand Naira cash prize plus a trip to Dubai while the runners-up will cart away with #20,000 each.

Ahead of the highly anticipated Most Beautiful Deaf Girl in Nigeria 2019 Beauty Pageant, INN presents to you the full profile of the contestants.

1. FUNMILAYO OGUNDARI

The Ogun state born Beautiful Queen is looking to build on her already established profile by adding the convert Miss Deaf Nigeria crown to her collection after winning the Miss Deaf South West Beauty Contest last year.

Funmilayo Ogundari is a Professional Makeup Artist and will be representing Miss Ogun at the MBDGN Beauty Pageant.

She aims to win the Convert Crown in order to join the effort of  erase stigmatization & negative narrative concerning Deaf Individuals and Persons with Disability. 

Her Hobbies Include Basketball Playing and travelling. 

2. ODEDINA REBECCA ABOSEDE


Rebecca Abosede Odedina is a 300 Level Student of Lagos State University (affiliation with Federal College of Education (Special) Oyo, Oyo State)
She aims to contest for Miss Deaf Nigeria as Miss Deaf Lagos State.

Her hobbies include Reading, Dancing, Acting and playing basketball.

Rebecca also contested in the last year edition of the Miss Deaf South west and came out as the runners up.

She aims to build a Deaf Creative Dancing group to hunt for upcoming Deaf Talents and as well getting involve in other Pet Projects.

According to her words; “I aim to have a sense of achievement, fulfillment and also I want to inspire other deaf girls that they can achieve any goals they set their sight on”

3. MARIA OKESE


Maria Okese is a professional photographer, photography trainer and art lover.

Her Extracurricular activities include Cooking, Dancing and travelling

She aims to be crown Queen of Nigeria to see through the following goals;

  Create awareness on the issues of rising the standard of education for  deaf children, to contribute to the society despite their disabilities especially those that resides in Rivers state

Set up a photography training studio to support upcoming Deaf photographers

Help in provision of Employment opportunities to people irrespective of their disability.

Support the persons with disabilities in recognizing their potentials in the society

Request the Government help to render free education for the deaf community through the Hon.commissioner for ministry of Education

4. BLESSING IYASERE


Blessing Iyasere is a 500 Level Student of the prestigious University of Ibadan. 

She is Professional Makeup Artist, a Dance Choreographer and Dance Trainer. She will be contesting as Miss Lagos in the MBDGN Event.

Her Hobbies include Basketball, Fashion Show, Reading, Singing and Dancing.

Blessing aims to win the Convert crown because inspire it will serve as a source of motivation towards other Young Deaf Ladies which will in turn boost their confidences and other more life changing goals.  

5. PRECIOUS OSHI


The Enugu born Beautiful Damsel, Precious Oshi dances like her life depends on it. She is make-up artist. She will be representing Miss Enugu at the MBDGN Beauty Pageant.

Her hobbies include travelling, dancing and meeting new people. 

6. COLUMBA CHINAZO MARYJULIET


Columba Chinazo Maryjuliet is a Model and 200 Level Political Science student of the Federal College of Education, Oyo State.

She aims to be a Professional Makeup artist and skilled bead maker.

She also aim to help children living with these-abilities should she be crowned Miss Deaf Nigeria.

According to her ” People usually tell me I’m beautiful but when they talk to me and I can’t hear them they start feeling sorry for me”, “I see young ladies like me contesting for various pageant, but I cannot join them because I’m Deaf. Now the opportunity I’ve been waiting for is here! Most Beautiful Deaf Girl In Nigeria”

Columba Chinazo Maryjuliet, the 1st Runner up for Miss Deaf South West 2018, will be representing Miss Deaf Anambra State in the MBDGN event by November, 2019 and will likely be representing Nigeria in Miss Deaf World, Miss Deaf International or Miss Deaf Africa should she wins the Crown.

She intends to use her office to help Deaf people in Nigeria, uplift the orphans and the less privilege around Nigeria, assist them by establishing a skill acquisition centre and partner with the governors and other notable leaders in supporting deaf people and the disability world at large.

7. OPALEKE BOLUWATIFE MOPELOLA


Opaleke Boluwatife Mopelola is 300 Level student of Federal College of Education Special Oyo.
She is representing Kwara State in the Miss Deaf 2019.

Her hobbies include Volleyball and reading novels.

She aims to win the covert crown of Miss Deaf Nigeria 2019 because it will go a long way to boost her career, connect her to global opportunities.

8. OLANIRAN OMOYEMI OLUWASOLA

Olaniran Omoyemi Oluwasola is a graduate of Economics. She aims to represent Ondo State.

Her hobbies include reading, culture dance, Basketball Playing and traveling.

9. JOY ORUKPE

JOY ORUKPE is a 200level student of Federal College of Education (Special) Oyo, Oyo state.

She is contesting as Miss Edo

She aims to win the Convert Crown in order to join the effort of erasing stigmatization & negative narrative concerning Deaf Individuals and Persons with Disability.

Her hobbies include playing, joking, acting and dancing.

10. IDAYAT OLADUNNI IBRAHIM

Idaya Oladunni Ibrahim is ND3 level student of Yaba College of Technology in Lagos State. She aims to represent the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja (Miss Abuja) in the MBDGN event.

Her hobbies include watching movies, reading, and cooking.

11. FAVOUR DANIEL

Favour Daniel’s hobbies are dancing, and making friends. She is also a professional hairstylist. She is contesting in the MBDGN event as Miss Cross Rivers.

She dreams of having a big vocational center that will help PWDs to acquire skills and make them independent.

12. OGBONNA GIFT

Ogbonna Gift loves to Dance and Cook. She intends to win the convert crown and use her office to help Deaf people in Nigeria, uplift the orphans and the less privileged around Nigeria, assist them by establishing a skill aquistion centre and partner with the governors and other notable leaders in supporting deaf people and the disability.

She is Contesting as Miss Ebonyi.

CCD demands 5% employment for persons with disabilities in Nigeria.

Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) in a continuous efforts to ensure speedy implementation of the Nigeria Disability Act 2018, paid a courtesy visit to the Chairman, Senate Committee on Labour, Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu in his office at Abuja on Tuesday 22nd of October, 2019.

The courtesy visit according to (CCD), Executive Director, Mr. David O. Anyaele is in line with Strengthening Persons with Disabilities Advocacy Capacity In Nigeria program supported by the Kingdom of Netherlands. Anyaele in a statement requested the Senator to demand from line Ministries, Department and Agencies the level of compliance Section 29 of the Act.

The Act, Anyaele added, provides that all employers of labour in public organizations shall, as much as possible, have persons with disabilities constitutes at least five (5%) percent of the employment.

Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu in response made a commitment that he will make sure that Labour carries out all that is provided by the Nigeria Disability Act.

Anambra Govt Distributes Vocational Equipment To People Living With Disabilities

Vocational equipment of different types were handed over to some people living with disabilities by the state government through the Ministry of Children and Women Affairs.


The program which was in conjunction with Office of the Governor on Persons with Disabilities was held at Professor Dora Akunyili Women Development Center, Awka.


The program which was the state government interactive session with persons living with disabilities on inclusive policies and programs, attracted members of the Associations of People living with Disabilities across the state.


Addressing the gathering, Governor Willie Obiano, said his administration is running an all inclusive government and have given voice, concern and equal attention to disabilities community.


Governor Obiano represented by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Disability Matters, Barrister Chuks Ezewuzie, recalled that the present administration has signed into law, the Disability Rights which prohibits discrimination against persons living with disabilities and has mandated that all projects to be cited in the state must be handicap accessible.


The Commissioner for Children and Women Affairs, Lady Ndidi Mezue represented by the Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs. Hope Ekesiobi, said the Ministry has four technical departments including the Rehabilitation Department which has given the physically challenged much attention including empowerment in various ways so as to make life meaningful for them.


For the Director of Rehabilitation Department, Mr. Jude Nwakaeme, the present administration holds in high esteem, activities of persons with disabilities and will leave no stone unturned in ensuring they continue to improve their lives in all aspects.


In his remarks, the chairman on the occasion, Mr. Ugochukwu Okeke who is the state Chairman of the Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities, said the event is unique and historic as different Ministries, Departments and Agencies will deliberate on inclusive policies and commended Governor Obiano for running a transparent and open government.


In a paper presentation on “inclusive and policy program for the disabilities,” Mrs. Josephine Aguoji of Colombia University, New York, maintained that physically challenged persons should not be isolated but be integrated into the mainstream of all policies while they keep monitoring people around to ensure they did not violate their rights.


While commending the state government for empowering them, the best web design student in the just concluded programs organized by the Ministry of Women Affairs for the disabled, Miss Ncheta Nwanokwara, expressed happiness over the equipment provided them, stating that it will go a long way in making them self reliant. (ABS)

Lai Mohammed seeks support for persons with disabilities

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has called on Nigerians to support persons living with disabilities to enable the country to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the year 2030.

He said this at the ‘Disability Roundtable on Implementation of the Disability Act’ on Thursday in Abuja.

Mohammed, who was represented by Mrs. Uche Chuta, an assistant director at the ministry, said that concerted effort must be made to ensure that they are included in the effort at transforming the world.

“Meaning that all people everywhere regardless of their individual circumstances or characteristics must be included as active participants in the journey to 2030.
“I wish to crave the indulgence of all authorities, ministries, department, and agencies, public and private sector of the economy and philanthropic organisations.

“Development partners and our numerous public to support the efforts of government through necessary measures aimed at identifying key priority areas for the full implementation of the Discrimination Against Persons (Prohibition) Act,” he said.

Mr. David Anyaele, Executive Director, Centre for Citizen with Disabilities (CCD) said that Nigeria had the largest number of persons with disabilities in Africa.

According to him, it is estimated that more than 25 million Nigerians have one form of disability or the other.

“With 80 percent of them living in rural areas with minimum access to social infrastructure, CCD’s research findings show that more than 99.5 percent of public infrastructures in Nigeria are not accessible to persons with disabilities.

“It is, however, my hope that stakeholders find a common ground for collaboration and partnership as we work towards an inclusive society, free from discrimination on the grounds of disability,” he said. (NNN)

Deaf and Blind student graduates with First Class at UEW

A 30-year-old student from University of Education Winneba(UEW), Slyvia Abena Peprah who pursued a two-year diploma programme in Community-Based Rehabilitation and Disability Studies has graduated with a First Class honours.

The Vice Chancellor of UEW, Rev. Father. Prof. Anthony Afful Broni stated that the institution has provided this unique student the platform to prove to Ghana that the loss of both her sight and hearing is not a barrier to her attaining University.

In view of this, he revealed that the University continues to be very supportive of her amazing achievement and hereby offers to pay for her accommodation and tuition fees as she proceeds to pursue her post-diploma (Bachelor of Education) programme, in the same course in the next academic year.

He observed that, UEW is setting the record as the first University in the nation to graduate a deaf and blind student.

Rev. Father. Prof. Afful Broni announced this when he graduated 16,489 students who successfully completed their programmes of study in the 2017/2018 academic year at the 24th Congregation of UEW.

He revealed that the institution continues to admit and train many more young adults with different disabilities which is a unique opportunity only available at UEW.

According to him, with 13 faculties and 49 academic departments at Winneba, Ajumako, Kumasi and Asante Mampong campuses, the University will continue to expand Infrastructure to accommodate the ever-increasing numbers of new applicants.

To this end, he said the institution is proud to partner government in welcoming the first batch of the beneficiaries of the free Senior High School (SHS) policy in the next academic year adding that the major source of funding at the UEW is the School fees.

He therefore extended his profound gratitude to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for supporting the Institution in efforts at building UEW into a strong, effective and efficient global centre of excellence for teacher education.

Graduands were urged never look down themselves, neither to allow anyone else to disregard or disrespect.

“No one should take advantage of you by using you to do their dirty jobs. Be yourself, the amazing strong and smart young men and women that you have become” he added. (MyNewsGh)

NANS COMMENDS ADAM ZANGO FOR SPONSORSHIP OF 101 STUDENTS

By Comr Yusuf kumo.

The leadership of NANS ZONE A commended former kannywood actor Prince Adamu Zango, for sponsoring 101 students.

In a press statement signed by the Coordinator of NANS ZONE A in person of Comrade Zakari Hisham and received by INN. He said “We received with delight, the news of 101 students that were sponsored by Adam Zango, a former kannywood actor and Chief Executive Officer, Prince Zango Production Nigeria Limited, this is undoubtedly laudable action that need to be emulated by all men of goodwill and good conviction”

“As we all come to term that economic prosperity can only be achieved through quality and sound education, we wholeheartedly commend the former kannywood actor for this giant stride, the payment of N46.714 million as 3years school fees amidst present economic constraints is conspicuously applaudable” He added.

Mr. Hisham further calls on government to revamp Nigerian education curriculum to meet modern reality, saying that NANS zone A shall not relent in identifying with distinguished personality like Adam Zango.

Recruitment scandal hits National Leprosy Centre

About 500 fake appointment letters were sold at the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Training Centre (NTLTC), Zaria, at the rate of between N200,000 and N300,000 per appointment, investigation by Daily Trust revealed.

According to findings, the fake appointments were discovered during the capturing of staff bio-data conducted recently at the NTLTC by staff of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), Abuja.

Our correspondent gathered that the fake appointees presented themselves for data capturing, but were told that their appointment letters were fake

One of the fake appointees said: “Some of us sold our cattle to get the money to pay for the appointments. We therefore didn’t hesitate to disclose the names of those that sold the appointments to us. This is pure fraud. We are appealing for justice.”

Daily Trust gathered that the job racketeers were all staff of the NTLTC and they seized the opportunity of employment exercise in the centre to perpetrate the fraud.

When contacted, the Principal of the NTLTC, Dr. Labaran Shehu, said the racketeers carried out the fraud without the consent of the centre.

He added: “The management did not give permission to anyone to perpetrate the fraud. They therefore did all they did without the consent of the management.”

The spokesperson of the Kaduna State Police Command, DSP Yakubu Aliyu Sabo, confirmed the arrest of persons involved in the fraud. (Daily Trust)

Deaf Nigerian Profile 004: Trained in Special Schools, I’m Lucky To Work In A University – Adedeji Damilola

By Oyeleke Bernice

Adedeji Damilola is a prelingually deaf who acquired deafness before the age of understanding and so she didn’t experience a personal grieving process since her parents had provided her with appropriate deaf education. She has grown into a Deaf adult with healthy sense of self. Damilola is happily married with two lovely daughters.

Meet Oluwadamilola Dorcas Adedeji as she shares inspiring story to encourage others:

My name is Mrs Adedeji Oluwadamilola Dorcas. I was born and bred in Ibadan. I lost my hearing when I was 2 years old in 1990. My parent told me that it was caused by loud sound. I was positioned near a loud speaker and the loud sound caused my hearing loss.

Fortunately for me, we were living in a city that has a lot of special schools. My parents enrolled me at a private school for the deaf and later changed to a govt school (Ibadan school for the Deaf). I proceeded to Methodist Grammar School, Bodija, Ibadan where I had my secondary education.

One day, a staff of Guidance and Counseling Department, University of Ibadan(UI) visited my daddy’s shop when I was in JSS and discussed my condition with my Dad. Thereafter, my dad encouraged me to learn trade work and acquire other skills alongside my education. I was interested in learning Computer. I learnt computer under Mr Femi Adewoyin who loves deaf people and encouraged many deaf to learn computer. He encouraged me to sit for Jamb (UME) and I got admitted to University of Ilorin to study Guidance and Counseling. After completion of my First Degree . I was posted to University of Ibadan for my NYSC and UI posted me to the department of Special Education.

At UI, I engaged myself in different type of work for the department. I was very diligent at discharging my duties coupled with my computer skill, I was retained by the department upon completion of my youth service program. This, to me, was a surprise. Today, I am permanently employed as nonacademic staff at the University of Ibadan.

Without Sign language I will not be here in UI. Thank God that we have many interpreters and some staffs who know sign language in my office.

I am proud of myself and what I have been able to achieve because my parent provided me with deaf education and i use sign Language for communication.

Hospital offers free treatment to 100 Polio victims

Dr Felix Ogedegbe, Medical Director, Cedarcrest Hospital, Abuja, has promised to give free medical treatment to 100 Nigerians affected by polio as part of events to commemorate the 2019 World Polio Day.

Ogedegbe made the promise on Monday in Abuja at the Cedarcrest Polio Week event and the Continuing Professional Development (CPD), lecture organised by Cedarcrest Polio Centre.

The Cedarcrest Polio Centre in Abuja is a non-profit making initiative in collaboration with Cedarcrest Hospitals, Rotary Club of Koblenz, Germany, the Polio Centre of Catholic Hospital Koblenz/Montabaur and Ottobock.

The aim was to make treatment available to people living with residual deformities after suffering from an acute poliomyelitis infection.

According to Ogedegbe, for the first time in Nigeria, people who have been affected by polio will be receiving medical care and free assessment and treatment.

“The centre, a non-profit making organisation, aims to bring advanced post-polio care to the reach of millions of Nigerians living with complications of poliomyelitis.

“As Nigeria continues to work towards the eradication of the threat of polio across the country, there is need to provide support services to polio survivors. “Cedarcrest Polio Centre celebrates the success the country has made in moving towards a nation without polio, while still acknowledging more work needs to be done. “Our centre works with the support of the Rotary Club of Koblenz, Germany, the Polio Centre of the Catholic Hospital Koblenz/Montabaur and Ottobock, to connect polio survivors, share information and resources with polio survivors. “We try to shine light on the post-polio syndrome that some of them live with,” he said.

The medical director said many polio survivors were suffering from treatable medical complications and preventable secondary deterioration while the medical community in general is unaware of recent advances in polio care.

“They tell them nothing can be done,” he said.

Ogedegbe noted that the centre would also provide education for those unfamiliar with polio and to caregivers helping those with post-polio syndrome.

Speaking on Post-Polio facts, he said it was “sequelae symptoms” (sequela is a pathological condition resulting from a disease, injury, therapy, or other trauma) which affects the ability to perform the activities of daily living, increase care needs, assistance and impact on quality of life.

He said the risk factors were paralytic poliomyelitis, diagnosis requiring hospitalisation with greater physical activity in the intervening years.

The medical director stressed that the prevalence of poliomyelitis has continued to decrease, while acknowledging the efforts of multiple immunisation programmes and prevention drives.

“The burden of those who have already contracted poliomyelitis and live with sequelae remains to be attended to.

“Our goal is to prevent long-term suffering and improve the quality of life through modern specialist post-polio treatment including prosthetic orthotic solutions and physiotherapy,” he explained. (NAN)