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General Election: CCD solicits LASODA, LASIEC’s support for inclusive electoral process

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 Ahead of the 2023 General Elections the Centre for Citizens With Disabilities CCD has solicited the support of Lagos State Office For Disabilities Affairs LASODA and Lagos State Independence Electoral Commission LASIEC for an inclusive electoral process Mr Peter Ekemini Programme Officer Centre for Citizens with Disabilities CCD made the call on Tuesday during a courtesy visit to LASODA at the Lagos State Secretariat Lagos Ekemini said that Persons With Disabilities PWDs encountered systematic exclusion in the election process saying particularly those that participated in July 2021 Local Government election in Lagos State faced numerous challenges He said there was a need to tackle and bring down identified challenges adding that LASODA should collaborate with LASIEC to ensure that PWDs were not left by election observers ad hoc staff and other key stakeholders in the processes According to him the challenges which pose as barriers that limit equal participation of PWDs in the electoral process include lack of sign language for deaf clusters lack of braille format for the blind and magnifying glasses for the albinos LASODA should always make a deliberate effort to ascertain from LASIEC that these are available accessible in an understandable usable format particularly for PWDs in the next years and subsequent elections Security agents should be trained to give priority to PWDs during the election and electioneering also sister agencies in order to create equal voting access he added Mrs Florence Austin the Finance of CCD disclosed that the body had embarked on a project targeted at breaking barriers that prevent PWDs from accessing airport services on an equal basis with others Austin who spoke on behalf of Mr David Anyaele Executive Director of CCD said that the Coalition Of Disability Organisation CODO in partnership with CCD Spinal Cord Injury Association of Nigeria SCIAN and Hope Alive for Possible Initiative HAPI we re presently working on a project Enhancing Access to Airport with PWDs Meanwhile she called on the Federal Airport of Nigeria FAAN to urgently conduct an audit of all airports in the country for disabilities facilities and provisions which must involve the Organisation for Persons with Disabilities OPDs including other stakeholders They should procure and deploy mobile wheelchairs to support boarding and disembarking of physically challenge passengers from the aircraft as well as friendly buses at the tarmacs Austin added She recommended that special training be organized for airport and airline personnel on the needs of PWDs and how best to meet and assist them as rendering assistance must be made mandatory Responding the General Manager of LASODA Mr Dare Dairo who applauded the CCD and partners for the initiative assured the stakeholders of their maximum support that PWDs would not be left behind as emphasized by Gov Babajide Sanwo Olu of Lagos state Dairo expressed delight at the enthusiasm of Nigerians in the election processes and assured them that the office would be on INEC to ensure PWDs got their PVCs early enough At LASODA we believe in the systematic chain we really need the system to work because when the system works you don t need to know anybody to access what should be ordinarily available There is no single hospital or classroom under LASODA So we need to work with the Ministry of Health and Education in order to achieve these mandates so everything still boils down to a system We have to create the right structure understanding for synergy because synergy is the way to achieve a common goal note civil society worldwide has passed the stage of carrying placards he added It is therefore fundamental that we bring the system to speed in order to ensure that inclusion is on the front burner you are not alone in the fight he added The LASODA GM urged the groups and stakeholders to be more proactive especially with the political season and electioneering in the nation to attain a common goal NewsSourceCredit NAN
General Election: CCD solicits LASODA, LASIEC’s support for inclusive electoral process

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Ahead of the 2023 General Elections, the Centre for Citizens With Disabilities (CCD) has solicited the support of Lagos State Office For Disabilities Affairs (LASODA) and Lagos State Independence Electoral Commission (LASIEC) for an inclusive electoral process.

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Peter Ekemini

Mr. Peter Ekemini, Programme Officer, Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), made the call on Tuesday during a courtesy visit to LASODA, at the Lagos State Secretariat, Lagos.

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Persons With Disabilities

Ekemini said that Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) encountered systematic exclusion in the election process, saying particularly those that participated in July 2021 Local Government election in Lagos State faced numerous challenges.

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He said there was a need to tackle and bring down identified challenges, adding that LASODA should collaborate with LASIEC to ensure that PWDs were not left by election observers, ad-hoc staff, and other key stakeholders in the processes.

According to him, the challenges which pose as barriers that limit equal participation of PWDs in the electoral process include lack of sign language for deaf clusters, lack of braille format for the blind, and magnifying glasses for the albinos.

“LASODA should always make a deliberate effort to ascertain from LASIEC that these are available, accessible in an understandable usable format, particularly for PWDs in the next years and subsequent elections.

“Security agents should be trained to give priority to PWDs during the election and electioneering, also, sister agencies in order to create equal voting access,” he added.

Florence Austin

Mrs. Florence Austin, the Finance of CCD, disclosed that the body had embarked on a project targeted at breaking barriers that prevent PWDs from accessing airport services on an equal basis with others.

David Anyaele

Austin, who spoke on behalf of Mr. David Anyaele, Executive Director of CCD, said that the Coalition Of Disability Organisation (CODO) in partnership with CCD, Spinal Cord Injury Association of Nigeria (SCIAN), and Hope Alive for Possible Initiative (HAPI), we’re presently working on a project, “Enhancing Access to Airport with PWDs”.

Federal Airport

Meanwhile, she called on the Federal Airport of Nigeria (FAAN) to urgently conduct an audit of all airports in the country for disabilities facilities and provisions which must involve the Organisation for Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) including other stakeholders.

“They should procure and deploy mobile wheelchairs to support boarding and disembarking of physically challenge passengers from the aircraft, as well as friendly buses at the tarmacs,” Austin added.

She recommended that special training be organized for airport and airline personnel on the needs of PWDs and how best to meet and assist them, as rendering assistance must be made mandatory.

General Manager of LASODA

Responding, the General Manager of LASODA, Mr. Dare Dairo, who applauded the CCD and partners for the initiative, assured the stakeholders of their maximum support that PWDs would not be left behind, as emphasized by Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state.

Dairo expressed delight at the enthusiasm of Nigerians in the election processes and assured them that the office would be on INEC to ensure PWDs got their PVCs early enough.

“At LASODA, we believe in the systematic chain, we really need the system to work because when the system works, you don’t need to know anybody to access what should be ordinarily available.

Ministry of Health and Education

“There is no single hospital or classroom under LASODA. So, we need to work with the Ministry of Health and Education in order to achieve these mandates, so everything still boils down to a system.

“We have to create the right structure, understanding for synergy because synergy is the way to achieve a common goal, note, civil society worldwide has passed the stage of carrying placards,” he added.

“It is therefore fundamental that we bring the system to speed in order to ensure that inclusion is on the front burner, you are not alone in the fight,” he added.

LASODA GM

The LASODA GM urged the groups and stakeholders to be more proactive, especially with the political season and electioneering in the nation to attain a common goal.

NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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