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  •  Mr James Lalu the Executive Secretary National Commission for Persons with Disabilities NCPWD on Wednesday unveiled the Nigerian Disability Partnership Group NDPG to coordinate implementation of the commission s five year Strategic Development Plan Speaking during the unveiling in Abuja Lalu said Persons with Disabilities PWDs form 15 per cent of Nigeria s population The News Agency of Nigeria hellip
    Commission unveils disability group to coordinate implementation of strategic Plan
     Mr James Lalu the Executive Secretary National Commission for Persons with Disabilities NCPWD on Wednesday unveiled the Nigerian Disability Partnership Group NDPG to coordinate implementation of the commission s five year Strategic Development Plan Speaking during the unveiling in Abuja Lalu said Persons with Disabilities PWDs form 15 per cent of Nigeria s population The News Agency of Nigeria hellip
    Commission unveils disability group to coordinate implementation of strategic Plan
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    Commission unveils disability group to coordinate implementation of strategic Plan

    Mr James Lalu, the Executive Secretary, National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD) on Wednesday unveiled the Nigerian Disability Partnership Group (NDPG) to coordinate implementation of the commission’s five-year Strategic Development  Plan.Speaking during the unveiling in Abuja, Lalu said, Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) form 15 per cent of Nigeria’s population.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that members of the Group’s Secretariat include, Mr Abba Isawa as Coordinator, Adewale Olasoji Ebenezer in charge of PRS, Mrs Olanike Akinbola, Head of Women and Gender and Ikem Uchegbulam.Others are Mariam Saleh Hassan as Legal Adviser, James Hassan as Director Human Resource, Haruna Mohammed as Technical Adviser, Fatima Doki Abubakar and Maria Kamba.According to him, the current needs in the disability community is very high, adding that the Commission is committed to promote disability inclusive development.“The coming together of the World Bank (WB),  Foreign and Common Wealth Office of the British High Commission and Sight Savers to form the NDPG is very important to us as a community.“The partners are ready and willing to provide all the necessary technical and financial support to support the Commission to enable us achieve the long, short and medium term  target as we set in our five year Strategic Development Plan“The partners have already shown their commitment; we welcome them with the the beautiful idea and it is a very important thing for us as an institution to set the pace; that is why we are setting up a secretariat here and the secretariat has been inaugurated.“One.of the functions of the Secretariat is to ensure the implementation of the five year Strategic Development Plan, then bringing the total commitment of everybody on disability in Nigeria, whether local or international,” Lalu said.He explained that the secretariat would also carry out activities to be able to provide data on what is happening in the disability community, including the impact, beneficiaries and many others.Lalu added that ten per cent slot in the National Social Investment Programme has been allocated to the disability community, adding that the commission is working to fill up the slot.“We are also working on so many areas to benefit PWDs and that is why this Group is inaugurated today”.Also speaking, Dr Adebukola Adebayo, the Technical Assistant of the Group from.the World Bank said disability is a multi-sectoral issue, adding that it cut across all aspects of life.He said there are a lot of international development partners, Civil Society Organisations and organised private sectors, working across sectors such as Education, Agriculture, health, transportation and others.According.to Adebayo, it is important to harmonise these efforts, stressing that the NCPWD, WB, Foreign and Common Wealth Office in the British High Commission and Sight Savers came together to set up the NDPG.“The primary goal is to provide technical and financial support to the Commission, to meet its mandate across all these sectors.” So in the long run, the whole idea is to ensure that whatever is done in the support of PWDs are documented and harmonised to avoid duplication, waste of resources and unnecessary competition.“To also ensure consolidation and complementarity of efforts across the sectors. That is the major goal the NDPG is set up to achieve.“The secretariat of the NDPG is domicile at the Commission and run by it staff, but with the technical and other form of support from development partners,” he said.

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  •  Mr James Lalu the Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities NCPWD says it is ready to partner with She Writes Woman Initiative to address psychosocial disability in the country Lalu made this known at an annual high level roundtable on Mental Health conditions on psychosocial disability on Tuesday in Abuja The hellip
    Mental Health: Commission to partner ‘She Writes Woman’ on psychosocial disability
     Mr James Lalu the Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities NCPWD says it is ready to partner with She Writes Woman Initiative to address psychosocial disability in the country Lalu made this known at an annual high level roundtable on Mental Health conditions on psychosocial disability on Tuesday in Abuja The hellip
    Mental Health: Commission to partner ‘She Writes Woman’ on psychosocial disability
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    Mental Health: Commission to partner ‘She Writes Woman’ on psychosocial disability

    Mr James Lalu, the Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD), says it is ready to partner with ‘She Writes Woman Initiative’ to address psychosocial disability in the country.

    Lalu made this known at an annual high level roundtable on Mental Health conditions on psychosocial disability on Tuesday in Abuja.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the roundtable, themed “Mental Health Conditions and psychosocial disability”, was organised by NCPWD, in collaboration with She Writes Woman Initiative.

    He said: “I have now realised another form of disability community. Now, we have to take that opportunity to address the lapses.

    “We will partner with She Writes Woman Initiative, the Federal Ministry of Health and other stakeholders to make things right.

    “In our next phase of employment, we are going to create a special unity to tackle the issue of mental health and also create a budgetary allocation to finance it.

    “We want to appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the Disability Act and establishing the NCPWD.

    “While we remain committed, we will continue to work with stakeholders to wipe away tears from our people in the disability community,” Lalu said.

    Ms Hauwa Ojiefo, the Founder and Executive Director of She Writes Woman Initiative, said it was time for everyone one to speak out against stigma and discrimination against persons with mental health challenges.

    According to her, people suffering from mental health are experiencing difficulties in life, adding that the society is not helping matters towards them.

    Ojiefo narrated how vibrant she was growing and later faced psychosocial challenges, how she was violated and overcame the challenges.

    She called for the proper care and acceptability of people with mental health issues.

    Similarly, Mr Theophilus Odawud, from Disability Right Advocacy Funds, called on the NCPWD and Initiative, to put more pressure and ensure that the Mental Disability Bill is signed into law.

    He also suggested that persons with psychosocial disability should always be carried along in the discussion regarding their issues.

    Also, Mrs Oluchi Adeazd from the National Human Rights Commission, said no one should be left behind in the discussion of disability.

    According to her, psychosocial disability affects all PWDs, adding that all hands must be put on deck to ensure there is progress in addressing the challenges.

    Similarly, Dr Tunde Ojo, from the National Mental Health Programme of the Federal Ministry of Health, explained that mental health policies have never been effectively implemented in the country.

    “However, we are now in the process of development and implementation of the programme.

    “This is because, it is only one out of 10 persons with mental health issues that has access to good and professional treatment and care,“ he said.

    High point of the event was a short video about the challenges faced by persons with mental health issues.

    NAN further  reports that “She Writes Woman” is a health-based NGO promoting the dignity and liberty of people with mental health conditions..

    It also strives to empower people with lived experience to tell their own stories and co-create their own solutions and advocate for their own rights.

    NAN also reports that the event attracted stakeholders from the disability community.

    (NAN)

  •  Mr James Lalu the Executive Secretary National Commission for Persons With Disability NCPWD has assured employers of Persons with Disabilities PWDs to help with assistive devices where applicable Lalu made the promiseImageTitleSummaryCategoriesAuthorDatecategories_hfilter at the maiden edition of the Nigerian Diversity and Inclusion Conference organised by the Nigerian Business Disability Network in conjunction with Sightsavers Mr hellip
    Commission promises to provide assistive devices to employers of PWDs
     Mr James Lalu the Executive Secretary National Commission for Persons With Disability NCPWD has assured employers of Persons with Disabilities PWDs to help with assistive devices where applicable Lalu made the promiseImageTitleSummaryCategoriesAuthorDatecategories_hfilter at the maiden edition of the Nigerian Diversity and Inclusion Conference organised by the Nigerian Business Disability Network in conjunction with Sightsavers Mr hellip
    Commission promises to provide assistive devices to employers of PWDs
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    Commission promises to provide assistive devices to employers of PWDs

    Mr James Lalu, the Executive Secretary, National Commission for Persons With Disability (NCPWD) has assured employers of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) to help with assistive devices where applicable.

    Lalu made the promiseImageTitleSummaryCategoriesAuthorDatecategories_hfilter at the maiden edition of the Nigerian Diversity and Inclusion Conference organised by the Nigerian Business Disability Network in conjunction with Sightsavers.

    Mr Mbanefo JohnMichaels, the Head of Media and Publicity Unit of NCPWD, made this known in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.

    According to Lalu, PWDs are very smart people and the strategy is to support them in order to demonstrate that there are abilities in disabilities.

    The NCPWD boss applauded the initiative taken by various private sectors to partner in the diversity inclusion of PWDs.

    “The discourse on the matters of disabilities and interests in their welfare will guarantee their protection and promotion.

    “ Disabilities communities all over the streets; we are expected to launch the Presidential Special Intervention Programmes, which will build up skill acquisition programmes.

    “However, the commission has submitted the lists of PWDs to the Central Bank of Nigeria to insert in their database, while the Bank of Industry is coming up with some laudable ideas and initiatives to strengthen industrialisation for PWDs .

    “We are rolling out massive empowerment programmes for PWDs, especially the ones still on the streets,’’ Lalu said.

    He also condemned the discrimination of PWDs in the job market, describing it as “outdated”.

    “Let us give PWDs equal opportunities based on what they can do; by so doing, we will understand that through diversity and inclusion, we can drive values collectively for ourselves and our organisations.”

    Lalu, however, described it as derogatory and painful to use PWDs for slavery on business ventures.

    “Nevertheless, we are collaborating with the Inspector-General of Police to deal with such issues as we are also helping to train the staff of the Police in the whole federation in this regard’’

    (NAN)

  •  The National Commission for Persons with Disability NCPWD and other stakeholders on Wednesday converge on Abuja to validate the National Accessibility Standard Code to make movements of persons with disability into facilities easy The Executive Secretary of NCPWD Mr James Lalu in his address at the meeting said the commitment of the commission to the hellip
    Disability: Commission, stakeholders set to validate National Accessibility Standard Code
     The National Commission for Persons with Disability NCPWD and other stakeholders on Wednesday converge on Abuja to validate the National Accessibility Standard Code to make movements of persons with disability into facilities easy The Executive Secretary of NCPWD Mr James Lalu in his address at the meeting said the commitment of the commission to the hellip
    Disability: Commission, stakeholders set to validate National Accessibility Standard Code
    General news2 months ago

    Disability: Commission, stakeholders set to validate National Accessibility Standard Code

    The National Commission for Persons with Disability (NCPWD) and other stakeholders on Wednesday converge on Abuja to validate the National Accessibility Standard Code to make movements of persons with disability into facilities easy.

    The Executive Secretary of NCPWD, Mr James Lalu, in his address at the meeting said the commitment of the commission to the implementation of the National Accessibility Standard Code document was total.

    Lalu explained that the commission had drafted otter policy documents that would make life easy for the disability community.

    “We are just waiting for the National Accessibility Standard Code document, so that we can join them together and present to the National Executive Council for approval.

    “After the approval, and we print and distribute the documents, there would be no room for excuses. If you have a facility that is not disability friendly, then get ready to start paying fines.

    “We are ready to ensure high level of compliance in all primary schools in the country.

    “However, Tertiary Education Trust Fund and Federal Ministry of Works and Housing are also ready to facilitate the effective implementation of the Accessibility Standard Code through trainings.

    “We are 100 per cent sure of effective implementation, because, there would be trainings for all Federal Controllers of Works and Housing across the country,” Lalu said.

    The NCPWD boss maintained that the next step would be the inculcation of the Accessibility Standard Code in the curriculum for engineering course in the higher institution of learning.

    He stressed that the commission would want to see where universities would graduate experts on accessibility, so that they could also bring their expertise in building facilities.

    “The NCPWD remains open to all stakeholders to collaborate so that we can jointly push forward issues concerning the disability community to ensure they are carried along,” he said.

    Similarly, Dr Sunday Isiyaku, the Country Director of SSI, represented by Razak Adekoya, said working with the Commission on the Accessibility Standard Code was something of joy and pride to his organisation.

    “We hope that at the end of the two day, we will have a better document than what the committee compiled earlier,” he said.

    Speaking, Mr Jake Epelle,  the Foundation and Chief Executive Officer of Albino Foundation saluted Lalu for his effort in moving the Commission forward.

    “However, the National Accessibility Standard Code is a very important document that we will validate. We will ensure the effective implementation of the document”.

    Meanwhile,  Mr Abdullahi Usman, the National President of Joint National Association of Persons with Disability (JONAPWD) said accessibility is very important.

    Usman, represented by the National Vice President of JONAPWD, Mr Adamu Shuaiu explained that before now, private sector were operating without standard code.

    ” But with the emergence of this meeting, when it is agreed, there will a form of uniformity that both public and private sector would have a standard document that would guide them”.

    News Agency of Nigeria reports that it is expected that after the two days meeting, a National Accessibility Standard Code document would be produced and when approved, all organisations would ensure compliance.

    This would go a long way to make it easy for persons with disability to gain access to both public and private facilities or buildings across the country.

    (NAN)

  •  The Center for Citizens with Disabilities CCD has advised the National Commission for People with Disabilities NCPWD to partner with the Federal Civil Service Commission in its recruitment to ensure it is inclusive open and transparent Mr David Anyaele the group s Chief Executive Officer gave the advice in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja Anyaele hellip
    Group advises disability commission to partner civil service commission on employment
     The Center for Citizens with Disabilities CCD has advised the National Commission for People with Disabilities NCPWD to partner with the Federal Civil Service Commission in its recruitment to ensure it is inclusive open and transparent Mr David Anyaele the group s Chief Executive Officer gave the advice in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja Anyaele hellip
    Group advises disability commission to partner civil service commission on employment
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    Group advises disability commission to partner civil service commission on employment

    The Center for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) has advised the National Commission for People with Disabilities (NCPWD) to partner with the Federal Civil Service Commission in its recruitment to ensure it is inclusive, open and transparent.

    Mr. David Anyaele, the group's Chief Executive Officer, gave the advice in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

    Anyaele said it was imperative that the commission partner with the FCSC to ensure that no person is left behind on the basis of disability.

    “The association is imperative to ensure that any hiring is open, transparent and that no qualified person is left out of the opportunity on the basis of disability.

    “CCD calls on the National Commission for People with Disabilities in collaboration with the Federal Civil Service Commission and the Federal Character Commission to implement the appropriate policy to ensure that no one section of the country dominates the commission.

    “NCPWD should seek approval for the hiring of an all-inclusive staff member to enhance their capacity and capabilities to fulfill their mandate and mission.

    “It is imperative that the commission work with the federal civil service commission to ensure that each hiring exercise is open, transparent, and that no qualified person with a disability is left out of the opportunity on the basis of disability.

    'This is important because applicants with disabilities are painfully discriminated against by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to the extent that citizens with disabilities have been picketing MDAs demanding to be offered employment.

    "As such an agency that focuses on disability issues, it must ensure that qualified people with disabilities have a greater majority on the commission's staff," he said.

    Anyaele said the advice was also based on the unbalanced composition of the commission's staff in which of the 61 staff members, 48 ​​were people without disabilities, while only 13 were people with disabilities and others were volunteers.

    “This disability-hostile composition of the commission's staff is unacceptable for an agency that has responsibilities for education, health care, and the protection and promotion of the social, economic and civil rights of citizens with disabilities in Nigeria. .

    “We are aware of the endemic public service recruitment policy in Nigeria, where politicians, ministers, members of the national assembly, governors and even councilors use their proximity to the ruling party to gain employment.

    "The NCPWD should not hire any professionals, as the commission is a specialized government agency that requires competent personnel to fulfill its mandate," he said.

    Anyaele said that many career professionals were within the disability community and were employable and should be considered first in any hire.

    He called on disability activists across the country to ensure an end to discrimination and other harmful practices against people with disabilities in all spheres and across the country.

    Anyaele also reiterated CCD's commitment to continue monitoring trends in policy to ensure that the rights of people with disabilities are protected from discrimination and other harmful practices.