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  •   The All Progressives Congress APC presidential campaign council has set the record straight with a video showing the party s presidential candidate Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his running mate Kashim Shettima handing over money to a disabled old man saying it was a show of kindness and not bribery as it is sold in certain neighborhoods In the two minute video that went viral on social media Tinubu and Shettima are seen giving crispy naira notes to a man with physical disabilities during a meeting with people living with disabilities PLWD in Abuja The video drew backlash with members of the opposition including former presidential aide Reno Omokri and the spokesman for Labor Party presidential candidate Emeka Obasi accusing Tinubu of a blatant act of corruption But explaining the content of the video the APC campaign described the claim that it was an act of bribery as dishonest misguided and incorrect narrative while Tinubu and Shettima were simply extending a layer of kindness towards the young man from the video The deputy spokesman for the APC presidential campaign council lawyer Hannatu Musawa yesterday cleared its director of any wrongdoing saying the negative comments that follow the video are a misrepresentation of a harmless clip he posted of his directors giving alms and charity to a poor and disabled person old gentleman According to Barrister Musawa instead of praising the act of kindness shown by Tinubu and Shetima towards a disabled man in need the opposition chose to twist the narrative to reflect an act of bribery and corruption She said I have been struck by the dishonest misguided and incorrect narrative spun by cloying dissipated debauched and desperate elements within the opposition to turn a perfectly innocent video I posted of a kind act I witnessed my directors carry out into something deceitful and devious A few days ago I attended a meeting with APC presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his running mate Alhaji Kashim Shetima where they had a strong commitment to disabled people During the event our directors had the opportunity to interact with a poor and disabled elderly man Out of pure compassion my principales spoke to this gentleman listened to him and fulfilled the principle of charity and almsgiving toward him As I watched this tender moment between the three men I wanted to capture it and show the world the empathy that runs organically through the veins of my principals and that pure spirit of charity that both imbibe Noting that he did not share the video clip by mistake Musawa explained that he shared the video to tell a compelling and compassionate leadership story as described by Tinubu and Shettima He lamented that the opposition has refused to engage in issue based campaigning and is now holding on to a straw by adopting extreme methods to stay relevant The deputy spokesperson said I posted the video not by mistake but with the intention of telling the compassionate story of the empathetic leadership that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu with the support of Alhaji Kashim Shetima will surely give Nigeria after they emerge victorious in the next elections by the grace of the Almighty As I watch the negative chronicle that the Svengali opposition spins trying to impose a specific negative narrative on the public it is clear that the falsehood being spread stems from the devious imaginations and wicked machinations of a desperate and self fueling opposition I would have dismissed the reflections as the ravings of an inconsequential opposition However I am compelled to give this answer because of the innocent Nigerians who can be fooled by such devious rhetoric I am fully confident that on February 25 2023 Nigerians will exercise their constitutional right and vote resoundingly for the inauguration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the 17th President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Urging Nigerians to ignore any fabrication attached to the video he implored them to rather focus on working collectively to move our nation forward by making the upcoming voting exercise the freest and fairest election Nigeria will ever have Credit https leadership ng tinubu gave alms not bribe in viral video apc campaign clarifies 2
    Tinubu gave alms, not bribes in viral video, APC campaign clarifies
      The All Progressives Congress APC presidential campaign council has set the record straight with a video showing the party s presidential candidate Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his running mate Kashim Shettima handing over money to a disabled old man saying it was a show of kindness and not bribery as it is sold in certain neighborhoods In the two minute video that went viral on social media Tinubu and Shettima are seen giving crispy naira notes to a man with physical disabilities during a meeting with people living with disabilities PLWD in Abuja The video drew backlash with members of the opposition including former presidential aide Reno Omokri and the spokesman for Labor Party presidential candidate Emeka Obasi accusing Tinubu of a blatant act of corruption But explaining the content of the video the APC campaign described the claim that it was an act of bribery as dishonest misguided and incorrect narrative while Tinubu and Shettima were simply extending a layer of kindness towards the young man from the video The deputy spokesman for the APC presidential campaign council lawyer Hannatu Musawa yesterday cleared its director of any wrongdoing saying the negative comments that follow the video are a misrepresentation of a harmless clip he posted of his directors giving alms and charity to a poor and disabled person old gentleman According to Barrister Musawa instead of praising the act of kindness shown by Tinubu and Shetima towards a disabled man in need the opposition chose to twist the narrative to reflect an act of bribery and corruption She said I have been struck by the dishonest misguided and incorrect narrative spun by cloying dissipated debauched and desperate elements within the opposition to turn a perfectly innocent video I posted of a kind act I witnessed my directors carry out into something deceitful and devious A few days ago I attended a meeting with APC presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his running mate Alhaji Kashim Shetima where they had a strong commitment to disabled people During the event our directors had the opportunity to interact with a poor and disabled elderly man Out of pure compassion my principales spoke to this gentleman listened to him and fulfilled the principle of charity and almsgiving toward him As I watched this tender moment between the three men I wanted to capture it and show the world the empathy that runs organically through the veins of my principals and that pure spirit of charity that both imbibe Noting that he did not share the video clip by mistake Musawa explained that he shared the video to tell a compelling and compassionate leadership story as described by Tinubu and Shettima He lamented that the opposition has refused to engage in issue based campaigning and is now holding on to a straw by adopting extreme methods to stay relevant The deputy spokesperson said I posted the video not by mistake but with the intention of telling the compassionate story of the empathetic leadership that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu with the support of Alhaji Kashim Shetima will surely give Nigeria after they emerge victorious in the next elections by the grace of the Almighty As I watch the negative chronicle that the Svengali opposition spins trying to impose a specific negative narrative on the public it is clear that the falsehood being spread stems from the devious imaginations and wicked machinations of a desperate and self fueling opposition I would have dismissed the reflections as the ravings of an inconsequential opposition However I am compelled to give this answer because of the innocent Nigerians who can be fooled by such devious rhetoric I am fully confident that on February 25 2023 Nigerians will exercise their constitutional right and vote resoundingly for the inauguration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the 17th President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Urging Nigerians to ignore any fabrication attached to the video he implored them to rather focus on working collectively to move our nation forward by making the upcoming voting exercise the freest and fairest election Nigeria will ever have Credit https leadership ng tinubu gave alms not bribe in viral video apc campaign clarifies 2
    Tinubu gave alms, not bribes in viral video, APC campaign clarifies
    General news1 month ago

    Tinubu gave alms, not bribes in viral video, APC campaign clarifies

    The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign council has set the record straight with a video showing the party's presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and his running mate, Kashim Shettima, handing over money to a disabled old man, saying it was a show. of kindness and not bribery as it is sold in certain neighborhoods.

    In the two-minute video that went viral on social media, Tinubu and Shettima are seen giving crispy naira notes to a man with physical disabilities during a meeting with people living with disabilities (PLWD). in Abuja.

    The video drew backlash, with members of the opposition including former presidential aide Reno Omokri and the spokesman for Labor Party presidential candidate Emeka Obasi accusing Tinubu of a blatant act of corruption.

    But explaining the content of the video, the APC campaign described the claim that it was an act of bribery as “dishonest, misguided and incorrect narrative”, while Tinubu and Shettima were simply extending a layer of kindness towards the young man from the video .

    The deputy spokesman for the APC presidential campaign council, lawyer Hannatu Musawa, yesterday cleared its director of any wrongdoing, saying the negative comments that follow the video are a misrepresentation of a harmless clip he posted of his "directors giving alms and charity." to a poor and disabled person". old gentleman.”

    According to Barrister Musawa, instead of praising the act of kindness shown by Tinubu and Shetima towards a disabled man in need, the opposition chose to twist the narrative to reflect an act of bribery and corruption.

    She said: "I have been struck by the dishonest, misguided and incorrect narrative spun by cloying, dissipated, debauched and desperate elements within the opposition to turn a perfectly innocent video I posted of a kind act I witnessed my directors carry out into something deceitful and devious.

    “A few days ago, I attended a meeting with APC presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his running mate, Alhaji Kashim Shetima, where they had a strong commitment to disabled people.

    “During the event, our directors had the opportunity to interact with a poor and disabled elderly man. Out of pure compassion, my principales spoke to this gentleman, listened to him, and fulfilled the principle of charity and almsgiving toward him.

    “As I watched this tender moment between the three men, I wanted to capture it and show the world the empathy that runs organically through the veins of my principals, and that pure spirit of charity that both imbibe.”

    Noting that he did not share the video clip by mistake, Musawa explained that he shared the video to tell a compelling and compassionate leadership story as described by Tinubu and Shettima.

    He lamented that the opposition has refused to engage in issue-based campaigning and is now holding on to a straw by adopting extreme methods to stay relevant.

    The deputy spokesperson said: “I posted the video, not by mistake, but with the intention of telling the compassionate story of the empathetic leadership that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, with the support of Alhaji Kashim Shetima, will surely give Nigeria after they emerge victorious. in the next elections, by the grace of the Almighty.

    “As I watch the negative chronicle that the Svengali opposition spins, trying to impose a specific negative narrative on the public, it is clear that the falsehood being spread stems from the devious imaginations and wicked machinations of a desperate and self-fueling opposition.

    “I would have dismissed the reflections as the ravings of an inconsequential opposition. However, I am compelled to give this answer because of the innocent Nigerians who can be fooled by such devious rhetoric."

    “I am fully confident that on February 25, 2023, Nigerians will exercise their constitutional right and vote resoundingly for the inauguration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the 17th President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

    Urging Nigerians to ignore any fabrication attached to the video, he implored them to "rather focus on working collectively to move our nation forward by making the upcoming voting exercise the freest and fairest election Nigeria will ever have."

    Credit: https://leadership.ng/tinubu-gave-alms-not-bribe-in-viral-video-apc-campaign-clarifies-2/

  •  People with Disability Initiative PDI a non governmental organisation has called for training of caregivers in sign interpretation to enhance maternal and child healthcare services in Bauchi State The Coordinator of the group Hajiya Asmau Yahaya made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Bauchi on Monday She said the measure was imperative towards improving uptake of maternal and child healthcare services among People Living With Disabilities PLWDs in the state To encourage hopital delivery among physically challenged persons caregivers should be allowed into delivery suites with their patients Communication using English Sign Language is a bit difficult but with the aid of caregivers I believe communication on uptake of other maternal and child services will be improved she said The activist however decried non inclusion of PLWDs in architectural design of government buildings public and other strategic structures in the state She alleged that there were no provisions to take care of the needs of the PLWDs in the recently renovated state secretariat complex The trend poses challenge to PLWDs to attend functions in some public buildings including wash rooms she added RSA NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Bauchi group advocates sign language interpreter for childbirth
     People with Disability Initiative PDI a non governmental organisation has called for training of caregivers in sign interpretation to enhance maternal and child healthcare services in Bauchi State The Coordinator of the group Hajiya Asmau Yahaya made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Bauchi on Monday She said the measure was imperative towards improving uptake of maternal and child healthcare services among People Living With Disabilities PLWDs in the state To encourage hopital delivery among physically challenged persons caregivers should be allowed into delivery suites with their patients Communication using English Sign Language is a bit difficult but with the aid of caregivers I believe communication on uptake of other maternal and child services will be improved she said The activist however decried non inclusion of PLWDs in architectural design of government buildings public and other strategic structures in the state She alleged that there were no provisions to take care of the needs of the PLWDs in the recently renovated state secretariat complex The trend poses challenge to PLWDs to attend functions in some public buildings including wash rooms she added RSA NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Bauchi group advocates sign language interpreter for childbirth
    General news4 months ago

    Bauchi group advocates sign language interpreter for childbirth

    People with Disability Initiative (PDI), a non-governmental organisation, has called for training of caregivers in sign interpretation to enhance maternal and child healthcare services in Bauchi State.

    The Coordinator of the group, Hajiya Asmau Yahaya made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Bauchi on Monday.

    She said the measure was imperative towards improving uptake of maternal and child healthcare services among  People Living With Disabilities (PLWDs) in the state.

    “To encourage hopital delivery among physically challenged persons, caregivers should be allowed into delivery suites with their patients.

    “Communication using English Sign Language is a bit difficult, but with the aid of caregivers, I believe communication on uptake of other maternal and child services will be improved,” she said.

    The activist, however, decried non-inclusion of PLWDs in architectural design of government buildings, public and other strategic structures in the state.

    She alleged that there were no provisions to take care of the needs of the PLWDs in the recently renovated state secretariat complex.

    “The trend poses challenge to PLWDs to attend functions in some public buildings including wash rooms,” she added.

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  •  Stakeholders in the health sector have expressed happiness over the appreciable progress recorded in the sector in the 62 years of Nigeria s independence The stakeholders including surgeons academics health practitioners and patients spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Bauchi and Gombe while reacting to the October 1 National Day Celebration The Gombe State Commissioner for Health Dr Habu Dahiru said the trajectory in health sector had been impressive from 1960 to date According to him the introduction of National Health Insurance Scheme NHIS at federal and state levels is a thing of joy to Nigerians He said the scheme impacted positively on the lives of the citizens by enhancing access to quality and affordable healthcare services In the late 1960s and 1970s we don t have NHIS we relied on out of pocket expenses a difficult situation even to the working class The government has made it compulsory and it is working well this is the best we have seen over the years though you cannot say the whole thing is across the board he said In the area of human resources Dahiru said the country had enough skills to ensure effective delivery of quality healthcare services to the people He observed that the number of educational institutions providing training for medical and other health related disciplines had increased substantially in the country as against only one university in the 1960 Nigeria he said witnessed rapid health infrastructure development ranging from tertiary secondary and primary health facilities across the country He however identified poor policy implementation and lack of snergy among partners as the major bane militating against sustainable development in the sector Also Maryamu Luka a retired Nursing Officer said the establishment Teaching And Specialist Hospitals had encouraged specialisation and transform healthcare system in the country However Sakina Hassan and Nasiru Musa residents of Bauchi expressed concerned over lack of trained personnel and professionals to facilitate effective management of healthcare facilities in the country She said that though government provided health facilities at all levels lack of adequate personnel was militating against its effective operations The facilities are established almost in every community but the human resources needed for effective service delivery are not available There is need to upgrade the health training schools to enable them to produce more trained personnel to address man power gap in the country she said Musa advocated for proactive measures to encourage recruitment of trained health personnel as well as check brain drain in the sector He also called for increased funding to tertiary health institutions to encourage research and development Moreso Elizabeth John lauded the introduction of On Call Healthcare service and free immunisation programmes She said the gesture enhanced children and women access to family health services at the grassroots Patients can now access health information and medical care via Short Service Message SNS she said For her part Asma u Yahaya Chairperson People Living with Disabilities PLWDs in Bauchi State said that social inclusion in the sector had enabled physically challenged persons to access healthcare services at ease The health sector is doing well especially with social inclusion people with special needs are accessing healthcare services without difficulties RSA NewsSourceCredit NAN
    At 62, Nigeria’s healthcare system is progressing – Experts
     Stakeholders in the health sector have expressed happiness over the appreciable progress recorded in the sector in the 62 years of Nigeria s independence The stakeholders including surgeons academics health practitioners and patients spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Bauchi and Gombe while reacting to the October 1 National Day Celebration The Gombe State Commissioner for Health Dr Habu Dahiru said the trajectory in health sector had been impressive from 1960 to date According to him the introduction of National Health Insurance Scheme NHIS at federal and state levels is a thing of joy to Nigerians He said the scheme impacted positively on the lives of the citizens by enhancing access to quality and affordable healthcare services In the late 1960s and 1970s we don t have NHIS we relied on out of pocket expenses a difficult situation even to the working class The government has made it compulsory and it is working well this is the best we have seen over the years though you cannot say the whole thing is across the board he said In the area of human resources Dahiru said the country had enough skills to ensure effective delivery of quality healthcare services to the people He observed that the number of educational institutions providing training for medical and other health related disciplines had increased substantially in the country as against only one university in the 1960 Nigeria he said witnessed rapid health infrastructure development ranging from tertiary secondary and primary health facilities across the country He however identified poor policy implementation and lack of snergy among partners as the major bane militating against sustainable development in the sector Also Maryamu Luka a retired Nursing Officer said the establishment Teaching And Specialist Hospitals had encouraged specialisation and transform healthcare system in the country However Sakina Hassan and Nasiru Musa residents of Bauchi expressed concerned over lack of trained personnel and professionals to facilitate effective management of healthcare facilities in the country She said that though government provided health facilities at all levels lack of adequate personnel was militating against its effective operations The facilities are established almost in every community but the human resources needed for effective service delivery are not available There is need to upgrade the health training schools to enable them to produce more trained personnel to address man power gap in the country she said Musa advocated for proactive measures to encourage recruitment of trained health personnel as well as check brain drain in the sector He also called for increased funding to tertiary health institutions to encourage research and development Moreso Elizabeth John lauded the introduction of On Call Healthcare service and free immunisation programmes She said the gesture enhanced children and women access to family health services at the grassroots Patients can now access health information and medical care via Short Service Message SNS she said For her part Asma u Yahaya Chairperson People Living with Disabilities PLWDs in Bauchi State said that social inclusion in the sector had enabled physically challenged persons to access healthcare services at ease The health sector is doing well especially with social inclusion people with special needs are accessing healthcare services without difficulties RSA NewsSourceCredit NAN
    At 62, Nigeria’s healthcare system is progressing – Experts
    General news4 months ago

    At 62, Nigeria’s healthcare system is progressing – Experts

    Stakeholders in the health sector have expressed happiness over the appreciable progress recorded in the sector in the 62 years of Nigeria’s independence.

    The stakeholders including surgeons, academics, health practitioners and patients spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Bauchi and Gombe while reacting to the October 1, National Day Celebration.

    The Gombe State Commissioner for Health, Dr Habu Dahiru said the trajectory in health sector had been impressive from 1960 to date.

    According to him, the introduction of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) at federal and state levels is a thing of joy to Nigerians.

    He said the scheme impacted positively on the lives of the citizens by enhancing access to quality and  affordable healthcare services.

    “In the late 1960s and 1970s, we don’t have NHIS, we relied on out-of-pocket expenses, a difficult situation even to the working class.

    “The government has made it compulsory and it is working well, this is the best we have seen over the years though you cannot say the whole thing is across the board,” he said.

    In the area of human resources, Dahiru said the country had enough skills to ensure effective delivery of quality healthcare services to the people.

    He observed that the number of educational institutions providing training for medical and other health related disciplines had increased substantially in the country as against only one university in the 1960. Nigeria, he said, witnessed rapid health infrastructure development ranging from tertiary, secondary and primary health facilities across the country.

    He, however, identified poor policy implementation and lack of snergy among partners as the major bane militating against sustainable development in the sector.

    Also, Maryamu Luka, a retired Nursing Officer, said the establishment Teaching And Specialist Hospitals had encouraged specialisation and transform healthcare system in the country.

    However, Sakina Hassan and Nasiru Musa, residents of Bauchi, expressed concerned over lack of trained personnel and professionals to facilitate effective management of healthcare facilities in the country.

    She said that though government provided health facilities at all levels lack of adequate personnel was militating against its effective operations.

    “The facilities are established almost in every community but the human resources needed for effective service delivery are not available.

    “There is need to upgrade the health training schools to enable them to produce more trained personnel to address man power gap in the country, ” she said.

    Musa advocated for proactive measures to encourage recruitment of trained health personnel as well as check brain drain in the sector.

    He also called for increased funding to tertiary health institutions to encourage research and development.

    Moreso; Elizabeth John, lauded the introduction of On-Call Healthcare service and free immunisation programmes.

    She said the gesture enhanced children and women access to family health services at the grassroots.

    “Patients can now access health information and medical care via Short Service Message (SNS),” she said.

    For her part, Asma’u Yahaya, Chairperson, People Living with Disabilities (PLWDs) in Bauchi State, said that social inclusion in the sector had enabled physically challenged persons to access healthcare services at ease.

    “The health sector is doing well, especially with social inclusion, people with special needs are accessing healthcare services without difficulties”.

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  •  QNET A global e commerce based direct selling company has equiped People Living With Disabilities PLWDs with essential learning skills through sports education in the country Mr Biram Fall QNET s Regional General Manager for Sub Saharan Africa said this in a statement on Saturday in Lagos Fall said the PLWDs have also been provided with school materials such as uniforms educational materials and learning accessories to ease their financial burden HE said that the advocacy was part of QNET s commitment in empowering people with disabilities to live their best lives The regional manager noted that this initiative empowered hearing and visually impaired children by equipping them with valuable life skills through inclusive accessible and quality sports based programmes He recalled that the African Cooperation of Business Honours recently honoured the tremendous efforts of one such organisation The ANOPA Project with its prestigious Charity Organisation of the 2022 award The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ANOPA is a not for profit sports based intervention that seeks to improve the inclusion and integration of vulnerable groups across Sub Saharan Africa Fall said ANOPA worked to increase school retention rates for these children and teach them social and soft skills through sports activities such as swimming and basketball He added that the organisation frequently implement awareness workshops to change social perceptions of people with disabilities Fall said QNET and our social impact arm RYTHM Foundation have the vision to create a better future for the disabilities through the empowerment Building an inclusive society is the first step the future must include people from all backgrounds and abilities Accessing high quality disability inclusive education for African youth and children can be difficult due to cultural economic and social barriers That s why the work that the ANOPA Project is doing is very important in empowering these kids with the skills they need to harness their potential Congratulations to the team at ANOPA for taking on this noble cause We are thrilled to be a part of your journey he added Fall said with support from QNET s Rythm foundation sponsored programme ANOPA had successfully enrolled children across Africa with visual and hearing disabilities in specialist schools He said for the past three years the organisation through RYTHM Foundation had been involved in supporting one of ANOPA s flagship projects dubbed Education Through Sports for Deaf and Blind Children According to him to date ANOPA has helped over 500 children across Africa with visual and hearing disabilities to realise their full potential This is by providing support and assistance to schools creating a conducive learning environment and removing financial barriers to education For people with disabilities especially young people and children having good social support systems and inclusive government policies are critical to ensuring they can live independent and fulfilling lives Unfortunately that is not the reality for many disabled communities around the world he said He said the World Health Organisation WHO reports that over 80 per cent of those living with disabilities are from developing countries Sub Saharan Africa included Fall Noted that WHO s Global Disability Action Plan highlights that adolescents and children with disabilities experience stigmatisation discrimination and inequalities He said these factors were further exacerbated in lower income countries as disability and poverty reinforce and perpetuate one another NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Sports development: Firm equips PLWDs with essential learning skills
     QNET A global e commerce based direct selling company has equiped People Living With Disabilities PLWDs with essential learning skills through sports education in the country Mr Biram Fall QNET s Regional General Manager for Sub Saharan Africa said this in a statement on Saturday in Lagos Fall said the PLWDs have also been provided with school materials such as uniforms educational materials and learning accessories to ease their financial burden HE said that the advocacy was part of QNET s commitment in empowering people with disabilities to live their best lives The regional manager noted that this initiative empowered hearing and visually impaired children by equipping them with valuable life skills through inclusive accessible and quality sports based programmes He recalled that the African Cooperation of Business Honours recently honoured the tremendous efforts of one such organisation The ANOPA Project with its prestigious Charity Organisation of the 2022 award The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ANOPA is a not for profit sports based intervention that seeks to improve the inclusion and integration of vulnerable groups across Sub Saharan Africa Fall said ANOPA worked to increase school retention rates for these children and teach them social and soft skills through sports activities such as swimming and basketball He added that the organisation frequently implement awareness workshops to change social perceptions of people with disabilities Fall said QNET and our social impact arm RYTHM Foundation have the vision to create a better future for the disabilities through the empowerment Building an inclusive society is the first step the future must include people from all backgrounds and abilities Accessing high quality disability inclusive education for African youth and children can be difficult due to cultural economic and social barriers That s why the work that the ANOPA Project is doing is very important in empowering these kids with the skills they need to harness their potential Congratulations to the team at ANOPA for taking on this noble cause We are thrilled to be a part of your journey he added Fall said with support from QNET s Rythm foundation sponsored programme ANOPA had successfully enrolled children across Africa with visual and hearing disabilities in specialist schools He said for the past three years the organisation through RYTHM Foundation had been involved in supporting one of ANOPA s flagship projects dubbed Education Through Sports for Deaf and Blind Children According to him to date ANOPA has helped over 500 children across Africa with visual and hearing disabilities to realise their full potential This is by providing support and assistance to schools creating a conducive learning environment and removing financial barriers to education For people with disabilities especially young people and children having good social support systems and inclusive government policies are critical to ensuring they can live independent and fulfilling lives Unfortunately that is not the reality for many disabled communities around the world he said He said the World Health Organisation WHO reports that over 80 per cent of those living with disabilities are from developing countries Sub Saharan Africa included Fall Noted that WHO s Global Disability Action Plan highlights that adolescents and children with disabilities experience stigmatisation discrimination and inequalities He said these factors were further exacerbated in lower income countries as disability and poverty reinforce and perpetuate one another NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Sports development: Firm equips PLWDs with essential learning skills
    General news4 months ago

    Sports development: Firm equips PLWDs with essential learning skills

    QNET, A global e-commerce-based direct selling company has equiped People Living With Disabilities (PLWDs) with essential learning skills through sports education in the country.

    Mr Biram Fall, QNET’s Regional General Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa said this in a statement on Saturday in Lagos.

    Fall said the PLWDs have also been provided with school materials such as uniforms, educational materials, and learning accessories to ease their financial burden.

    HE said that the advocacy was  part of QNET’s commitment in empowering people with disabilities to live their best lives.

    The regional manager noted that this initiative empowered hearing and visually impaired children by equipping them with valuable life skills through inclusive, accessible, and quality sports-based programmes.

    He recalled that the African Cooperation of Business Honours recently honoured the tremendous efforts of one such organisation – The ANOPA Project, with its prestigious Charity Organisation of the 2022 award.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ANOPA is a not-for-profit sports-based intervention that seeks to improve the inclusion and integration of vulnerable groups across Sub-Saharan Africa.

    Fall said ANOPA worked to increase school retention rates for these children and teach them social and soft skills through sports activities such as swimming and basketball.

    He added that the organisation frequently implement awareness workshops to change social perceptions of people with disabilities.

    Fall said: “QNET and our social impact arm, RYTHM Foundation, have the vision to create a better future for the disabilities through the empowerment.

    “Building an inclusive society is the first step: the future must include people from all backgrounds and abilities.

    “Accessing high-quality, disability-inclusive education for African youth and children can be difficult due to cultural, economic, and social barriers.

    “That’s why the work that the ANOPA Project is doing is very important in empowering these kids with the skills they need to harness their potential.

    “Congratulations to the team at ANOPA for taking on this noble cause.

    We are thrilled to be a part of your journey, ” he added.

    Fall said with support from QNET’s Rythm foundation-sponsored programme, ANOPA had successfully enrolled children across Africa with visual and hearing disabilities in specialist schools.

    He said for the past three years, the organisation, through RYTHM Foundation, had been involved in supporting one of ANOPA’s flagship projects dubbed: ‘Education Through Sports for Deaf and Blind Children’.

    According to him, to date, ANOPA has helped over 500 children across Africa with visual and hearing disabilities to realise their full potential.

    “This is by providing support and assistance to schools, creating a conducive learning environment, and removing financial barriers to education.

    “For people with disabilities, especially young people and children, having good social support systems and inclusive government policies are critical to ensuring they can live independent and fulfilling lives.

    “Unfortunately, that is not the reality for many disabled communities around the world,” he said He said the World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that over 80 per cent of those living with disabilities are from developing countries – Sub-Saharan Africa included.

    Fall Noted that WHO’s Global Disability Action Plan highlights that adolescents and children with disabilities experience stigmatisation, discrimination, and inequalities.

    He said these factors were further exacerbated in lower-income countries as disability and poverty reinforce and perpetuate one another.


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  •  Gov Hope Uzodimma of Imo has advised residents of the state to accept and not discriminate against People Living with Disabilities PLWDs Uzodimma s advice is contained in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary Mr Oguwike Nwachuku and made available to newsmen on Friday in Owerri Nwachukwu explained that the governor spoke when the PLWDs visited him at the Government House Uzodimma assured them that he was committed to their welfare He said that although they might be physically disabled they were definitely not mentally disabled The governor urged them to continue to support his administration and promised to give equal employment and other opportunities to them He also promised to help them to acquire skills to enable them to become self employed self sustaining and employers of labour We must not discriminate against people merely because of their challenges Those who are not challenged today may be challenged tomorrow Ideas rule the world and no one knows who will lead the state and country tomorrow What is needed for performance is mental strength and ideas Uzodimma reportedly said The state Chairman Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities Mr Stanley Nwachukwu thanked the governor for his immeasurable acts of goodwill weaved around his 3R mantra of Rehabilitation Reconstruction and Recovery Nwachukwu however appealed to him to approve the payment of the arrears of their monthly subvention employment waiver and a vehicle for the association to enable members to move around and participate in the upcoming electioneering He reaffirmed the association s patriotic disposition and support for good governance and people oriented developmental strides in the state VIN NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Uzodimma decries discrimination against people living with disabilities
     Gov Hope Uzodimma of Imo has advised residents of the state to accept and not discriminate against People Living with Disabilities PLWDs Uzodimma s advice is contained in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary Mr Oguwike Nwachuku and made available to newsmen on Friday in Owerri Nwachukwu explained that the governor spoke when the PLWDs visited him at the Government House Uzodimma assured them that he was committed to their welfare He said that although they might be physically disabled they were definitely not mentally disabled The governor urged them to continue to support his administration and promised to give equal employment and other opportunities to them He also promised to help them to acquire skills to enable them to become self employed self sustaining and employers of labour We must not discriminate against people merely because of their challenges Those who are not challenged today may be challenged tomorrow Ideas rule the world and no one knows who will lead the state and country tomorrow What is needed for performance is mental strength and ideas Uzodimma reportedly said The state Chairman Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities Mr Stanley Nwachukwu thanked the governor for his immeasurable acts of goodwill weaved around his 3R mantra of Rehabilitation Reconstruction and Recovery Nwachukwu however appealed to him to approve the payment of the arrears of their monthly subvention employment waiver and a vehicle for the association to enable members to move around and participate in the upcoming electioneering He reaffirmed the association s patriotic disposition and support for good governance and people oriented developmental strides in the state VIN NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Uzodimma decries discrimination against people living with disabilities
    General news4 months ago

    Uzodimma decries discrimination against people living with disabilities

    Gov. Hope Uzodimma of Imo has advised residents of the state to accept and not discriminate against People Living with Disabilities (PLWDs).

    Uzodimma’s advice is contained in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Oguwike Nwachuku, and made available to newsmen on Friday in Owerri.

    Nwachukwu explained that the governor spoke when the PLWDs visited him at the Government House.

    Uzodimma assured them that he was committed to their welfare.

    He said that although they might be physically disabled, they were “definitely not mentally disabled”.

    The governor urged them to continue to support his administration and promised to give equal employment and other opportunities to them.

    He also promised to help them to acquire skills to enable them to become self-employed, self-sustaining and employers of labour.

    “We must not discriminate against people merely because of their challenges.

    “Those who are not challenged today may be challenged tomorrow.

    ”Ideas rule the world and no one knows who will lead the state and country tomorrow.

    “What is needed for performance is mental strength and ideas,” Uzodimma reportedly said.

    The state Chairman, Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities, Mr Stanley Nwachukwu, thanked the governor for his “immeasurable acts of goodwill”, weaved around his 3R mantra of Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Recovery.

    Nwachukwu, however, appealed to him to approve the payment of the arrears of their monthly subvention, employment waiver and a vehicle for the association to enable members to move around and participate in the upcoming electioneering.

    He reaffirmed the association’s patriotic disposition and support for good governance and people-oriented developmental strides in the state.

    VIN
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  •  Edward Ndopu an internationally acclaimed activist and UN Sustainable Development Goal SDGs Advocate has called on the world leaders to support People Living with Disabilities PLWDs to get quality education Ndopu a South African disability rights advocate who spoke as a panelist at a session on Transforming Education through Grassroots Innovation A Localised Teacher Led Approach said nobody should be left behind in achieving the SDG4 targeting equitable quality education The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the session was organised on the margins of the 3 day Transforming Education Summit at the ongoing UN General Assembly in New York Former Central Bank of Nigeria CBN Governor Lamido Sanusi and the 14th Emir of Kano who is also an advocate of SDGs chaired the session Left Edward Ndoku internationally acclaimed and UN SDGs Advocate Lamido Sanusi the Former Central Bank of Nigeria CBN Governor and Prof Peter Chin Associate Dean of Teacher Education Queens University Canada at Transforming Education Summit at in New York Ndopu told the participants that he is a living testimony of what is possible when investment is made in quality education At the age of two I was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy a degenerative condition that affects the muscles and results in progressive weakness In other words the older I get the weaker I become and my doctors gave my family a prognosis that I wouldn t live beyond the age of five I have outlived myself by 25 years and counting I am the first African graduate with disability from Oxford University so I have a motor and it is that disability and possibility belong to the same space he said Similarly Sanusi advocated for deliberate policy to include the marginalized especially PLWD in education and employments He said Sometimes we don t get it because we don t realise the implications of policy on specific individuals I will give an example When I was governor of Central Bank I told the director of Human Resources that we need to go out and employ disabled people And I insisted that we must go out and look for someone who is visually impaired and who can work there and there must be a role in the Central Bank for that person So we went and recruited one or two And then the Director of Human Resources came to my office after recruitment and then she was all in tears crying And I said why are you crying and she said Governor my father was blind I had no idea her father was blind And for her just to have the governor of Central Bank saying he wants to bring in blind people was really a personal emotional one Sanusi said you could imagine what the person in that was affected would feel if somebody who s was just a daughter was emotional about it He said that the more we really begin to think of the impact we make on the lives of these human beings PLWDs then there has to be a policy that is deliberate Left Dr Mansur Muhtar Vice President Islamic Development Bank Vice Chairman Board of Trustees of His Highness Muhammad Sanusi II HHMS II SDGs initiative Edward Ndoku internationally acclaimed and UN SDGs Advocate Lamido Sanusi the Former Central Bank of Nigeria CBN Governor and Prof Peter Chin Associate Dean of Teacher Education Queens University Canada at Transforming Education Summit at in New York The former Emir said we were often insensitive to people and somehow we just think what works for us works for everyone When I became governor Central Bank the branches all had these security doors when you go in and they closed and walk in we all know that they do not accommodate wheelchairs We actually had to issue a regulation requiring every bank in every city to have at least one branch that was wheelchair friendly Because you re excluding everybody on a wheelchair because you can t go to the bank without thinking of the security door that your wheelchair cannot go through that was financial exclusion So the point we are making is that beyond what we do we have to engage at the level of policy it is really our politicians he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    At UNGA77, Ndopu, Sanusi seek inclusion of PLWDs in quality education, employment
     Edward Ndopu an internationally acclaimed activist and UN Sustainable Development Goal SDGs Advocate has called on the world leaders to support People Living with Disabilities PLWDs to get quality education Ndopu a South African disability rights advocate who spoke as a panelist at a session on Transforming Education through Grassroots Innovation A Localised Teacher Led Approach said nobody should be left behind in achieving the SDG4 targeting equitable quality education The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the session was organised on the margins of the 3 day Transforming Education Summit at the ongoing UN General Assembly in New York Former Central Bank of Nigeria CBN Governor Lamido Sanusi and the 14th Emir of Kano who is also an advocate of SDGs chaired the session Left Edward Ndoku internationally acclaimed and UN SDGs Advocate Lamido Sanusi the Former Central Bank of Nigeria CBN Governor and Prof Peter Chin Associate Dean of Teacher Education Queens University Canada at Transforming Education Summit at in New York Ndopu told the participants that he is a living testimony of what is possible when investment is made in quality education At the age of two I was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy a degenerative condition that affects the muscles and results in progressive weakness In other words the older I get the weaker I become and my doctors gave my family a prognosis that I wouldn t live beyond the age of five I have outlived myself by 25 years and counting I am the first African graduate with disability from Oxford University so I have a motor and it is that disability and possibility belong to the same space he said Similarly Sanusi advocated for deliberate policy to include the marginalized especially PLWD in education and employments He said Sometimes we don t get it because we don t realise the implications of policy on specific individuals I will give an example When I was governor of Central Bank I told the director of Human Resources that we need to go out and employ disabled people And I insisted that we must go out and look for someone who is visually impaired and who can work there and there must be a role in the Central Bank for that person So we went and recruited one or two And then the Director of Human Resources came to my office after recruitment and then she was all in tears crying And I said why are you crying and she said Governor my father was blind I had no idea her father was blind And for her just to have the governor of Central Bank saying he wants to bring in blind people was really a personal emotional one Sanusi said you could imagine what the person in that was affected would feel if somebody who s was just a daughter was emotional about it He said that the more we really begin to think of the impact we make on the lives of these human beings PLWDs then there has to be a policy that is deliberate Left Dr Mansur Muhtar Vice President Islamic Development Bank Vice Chairman Board of Trustees of His Highness Muhammad Sanusi II HHMS II SDGs initiative Edward Ndoku internationally acclaimed and UN SDGs Advocate Lamido Sanusi the Former Central Bank of Nigeria CBN Governor and Prof Peter Chin Associate Dean of Teacher Education Queens University Canada at Transforming Education Summit at in New York The former Emir said we were often insensitive to people and somehow we just think what works for us works for everyone When I became governor Central Bank the branches all had these security doors when you go in and they closed and walk in we all know that they do not accommodate wheelchairs We actually had to issue a regulation requiring every bank in every city to have at least one branch that was wheelchair friendly Because you re excluding everybody on a wheelchair because you can t go to the bank without thinking of the security door that your wheelchair cannot go through that was financial exclusion So the point we are making is that beyond what we do we have to engage at the level of policy it is really our politicians he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    At UNGA77, Ndopu, Sanusi seek inclusion of PLWDs in quality education, employment
    Foreign4 months ago

    At UNGA77, Ndopu, Sanusi seek inclusion of PLWDs in quality education, employment

    Edward Ndopu, an internationally acclaimed activist, and UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) Advocate, has called on the world leaders to support People Living with Disabilities (PLWDs) to get quality education.

    Ndopu, a South  African disability rights advocate, who spoke as a panelist at a session on “Transforming Education through Grassroots Innovation: A Localised Teacher-Led Approach,’’ said nobody should be left behind in achieving the SDG4 targeting equitable quality education.

    The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the session was organised on the margins of the 3-day Transforming Education Summit at the ongoing UN General Assembly in New York. Former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Lamido Sanusi and the 14th Emir of Kano, who is also an advocate of SDGs, chaired the session.

    (Left) Edward Ndoku, internationally acclaimed and UN SDGs Advocate; Lamido Sanusi, the Former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor and Prof. Peter Chin, Associate Dean of Teacher Education Queens University, Canada at Transforming Education Summit at in New York.  Ndopu told the participants that he is a living testimony of what is possible when investment is made in quality education.

    “At the age of two, I was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, a degenerative condition that affects the muscles and results in progressive weakness.

    “In other words, the older I get, the weaker I become, and my doctors gave my family a prognosis that I wouldn’t live beyond the age of five.

    I have outlived myself by 25 years and counting.

    “I am the first African graduate with disability from Oxford University, so I have a motor and it is that disability and possibility belong to the same space,’’ he said.

    Similarly, Sanusi advocated for deliberate policy to include the marginalized, especially PLWD in education and employments.

    He said: “Sometimes we don’t get it because we don’t realise the implications of policy on specific individuals.

    “I will give an example.

    When I was governor of Central Bank, I told the director of Human Resources that we need to go out and employ disabled people.

    “And I insisted that we must go out and look for someone who is visually impaired, and who can work there and there must be a role in the Central Bank for that person.

    “So, we went and recruited one or two.

    And then the Director of Human Resources came to my office after recruitment, and then she was all in tears crying.

    “And I said, why are you crying and she said, Governor, my father was blind.

    I had no idea her father was blind.

    “And for her, just to have the governor of Central Bank saying he wants to bring in blind people was really a personal, emotional one.

    ’’ Sanusi said you could imagine what the person in that was affected would feel if somebody who’s was just a daughter was emotional about it.

    He said that the more we really begin to think of the impact we make on the lives of these human beings (PLWDs) then there has to be a policy that is deliberate.

    Left: Dr Mansur Muhtar, Vice President Islamic Development Bank, Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees of His Highness Muhammad Sanusi II (HHMS II) SDGs initiative; Edward Ndoku, internationally acclaimed and UN SDGs Advocate; Lamido Sanusi, the Former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor and Prof. Peter Chin, Associate Dean of Teacher Education Queens University, Canada at Transforming Education Summit at in New York.  The former Emir said we were often insensitive to people and somehow, we just think what works for us works for everyone.

    “When I became governor Central Bank, the branches all had these security doors, when you go in and they closed and walk in, we all know that they do not accommodate wheelchairs.

    “We actually had to issue a regulation, requiring every bank in every city to have at least one branch that was wheelchair friendly.

    “Because you’re excluding  everybody on a wheelchair because you can’t go to the bank without thinking of the security door that your wheelchair cannot go through, that was financial exclusion.

    “So, the point we are making is that beyond what we do, we have to engage at the level of policy, it is really our politicians.

    ,’’ he said.


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  •  The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC says about 21 352 of 34 242 newly printed Permanent Voter Cards PVCs for new registrants are still uncollected in Lagos State four months after release The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Lagos State Mr Olusegun Agbaje disclosed this at the State Level CSO Engagement Visit organised by the Nigerian Women Trust Fund NWTF powered by the EU Support Democratic Governance in Nigeria EU SDGN in collaboration with INEC The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the engagement is Women s Political Participation and Inclusion and 2023 General Elections Speaking Agbaje who decried the huge number of old and new PVCs lying fallow at INEC offices in the 20 local government areas said the staggering amount of the PVCs belonged to women being important stakeholders in elections Permanent Voter Card PVC is the sole instrument required from the Voter to participate in an election it is an important eligibility instrument for voting without which no citizen would be allowed to partake in an election However the total number of uncollected old PVCs in the state is 928 362 as at 5th Sept 5 no doubt the uncollected PVCs for women may be in the neighborhood of 436 451 47 per cent Meanwhile the total number of uncollected New PVCs is 21 352 out of 34 242 received PVCs while the rest of the new PVCs for the 202122 registration exercise is being awaited The implication of this is that the commission is having a staggering number of PVCs that should be collected by the women and other eligible voters to enable them massively participate in the forthcoming 2033 general elections Agbaje said According to him it is imperative that women folk particularly the Nigerian Women Trust Fund under the Gender Election Watch GEW and other stakeholders rise up to the challenge to ensure the PVCs are collected without further delay Agbaje who expressed dissatisfaction over low number of women flag bearers in the forthcoming general elections said women needed support encouragement and needed to be bold to fight like men to take leadership and political positions We have fewer women than men going for elective positions in 2023 It is not too good we have to continue to improve through this kind of engagement so that in future elections we will have more women coming out for elective positions he added The INEC boss urged stakeholders to mobilise women for PVCs collection and encourage them to vote in the 2023 general elections saying that INEC had taken a number of measures aimed at ensuring the smooth conduct of the general elections Agbaje said that the just concluded Continuous Voter Registration CVR captured 12 298 944 out of which a total of 6 224 866 were female while male registrants were 6 074 078 In her welcome remarks Mrs Mufuliat Fijabi the Chief of Executive Officer NWTF said the main objective of the engagement was to build synergy and cooperation between the group INEC and other critical stakeholders like CSOs religious and traditional leaders Fijabi said the engagement was to see how all stakeholders could work together to improve women political participation in the country There is need for more synergy in advocating for more women in leadership and political positions and the commitment to achieving this vision Fijabi said On the overview of the project Malliya Manu the NWTF Programme Manager said the EU was worried about the low participation of women in decision making processes in Nigeria saying the project wanted to ensure increase in women representation Manu said that critical stakeholders like wives of governors CSOs religious and traditional leaders INEC and others should step up games to bring in more women in politics According to her average women participation in politics is 25 per cent globally about 22 per cent in Africa and 4 8 per cent in Nigeria She said that Nigeria could not have a strong and balanced democracy because of marginalisation of women in politics saying the just concluded political parties primaries had shown a decrease in women as flag bearers Manu highlighted barriers against women to include lack of effective government will to implement international conventions money politics and system of god fatherism exclusion of women in parties leadership positions as well as patronage based political system Nigeria should be able to ensure 25 per cent of women representation in Africa By 2027 we want to see more women being elected as candidates of political parties she said Speaking Mrs Victoria Eta Messi the Deputy Director Gender Relations Gender and Inclusivity Department INEC said the commission plans to enlighten stakeholders on the INEC gender policy the objective of the policy and the implementation of the policy which is mandatory for the commission and other stakeholders in the electoral process Eta Messi said that not much was achieved during the party primaries by women as many could not clinch tickets to contest the 2023 elections So already it is not very promising outlook with regard to women candidates What we want to achieve now is to ensure and to see that many women turnout to vote Beyond 2023 we also hope that those lapses that were noticed for the 2023 general elections would have been bridged and all barriers would have been addressed and taken care of so that many more women will participate in the electoral space One of the stakeholders Mrs Hilda Nwanekwu Executive Director Initiatives for Sustaining Gender Empowerment stressed the need for more bonding among women to take over leadership and political positions Also Dr Angela Daniel Executive Director Women Entrepreneur Association of Nigeria as well as STAGE for Women Development Initiative decried that political parties had continued to refuse to admit women urging stakeholders to give opportunity to women NAN reports that the event had in attendance various women leaders advocating inclusion of women and People Living With Disabilities PLWDs in Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    21,352 of 34,242 new PVCs still uncollected in Lagos— INEC
     The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC says about 21 352 of 34 242 newly printed Permanent Voter Cards PVCs for new registrants are still uncollected in Lagos State four months after release The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Lagos State Mr Olusegun Agbaje disclosed this at the State Level CSO Engagement Visit organised by the Nigerian Women Trust Fund NWTF powered by the EU Support Democratic Governance in Nigeria EU SDGN in collaboration with INEC The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the engagement is Women s Political Participation and Inclusion and 2023 General Elections Speaking Agbaje who decried the huge number of old and new PVCs lying fallow at INEC offices in the 20 local government areas said the staggering amount of the PVCs belonged to women being important stakeholders in elections Permanent Voter Card PVC is the sole instrument required from the Voter to participate in an election it is an important eligibility instrument for voting without which no citizen would be allowed to partake in an election However the total number of uncollected old PVCs in the state is 928 362 as at 5th Sept 5 no doubt the uncollected PVCs for women may be in the neighborhood of 436 451 47 per cent Meanwhile the total number of uncollected New PVCs is 21 352 out of 34 242 received PVCs while the rest of the new PVCs for the 202122 registration exercise is being awaited The implication of this is that the commission is having a staggering number of PVCs that should be collected by the women and other eligible voters to enable them massively participate in the forthcoming 2033 general elections Agbaje said According to him it is imperative that women folk particularly the Nigerian Women Trust Fund under the Gender Election Watch GEW and other stakeholders rise up to the challenge to ensure the PVCs are collected without further delay Agbaje who expressed dissatisfaction over low number of women flag bearers in the forthcoming general elections said women needed support encouragement and needed to be bold to fight like men to take leadership and political positions We have fewer women than men going for elective positions in 2023 It is not too good we have to continue to improve through this kind of engagement so that in future elections we will have more women coming out for elective positions he added The INEC boss urged stakeholders to mobilise women for PVCs collection and encourage them to vote in the 2023 general elections saying that INEC had taken a number of measures aimed at ensuring the smooth conduct of the general elections Agbaje said that the just concluded Continuous Voter Registration CVR captured 12 298 944 out of which a total of 6 224 866 were female while male registrants were 6 074 078 In her welcome remarks Mrs Mufuliat Fijabi the Chief of Executive Officer NWTF said the main objective of the engagement was to build synergy and cooperation between the group INEC and other critical stakeholders like CSOs religious and traditional leaders Fijabi said the engagement was to see how all stakeholders could work together to improve women political participation in the country There is need for more synergy in advocating for more women in leadership and political positions and the commitment to achieving this vision Fijabi said On the overview of the project Malliya Manu the NWTF Programme Manager said the EU was worried about the low participation of women in decision making processes in Nigeria saying the project wanted to ensure increase in women representation Manu said that critical stakeholders like wives of governors CSOs religious and traditional leaders INEC and others should step up games to bring in more women in politics According to her average women participation in politics is 25 per cent globally about 22 per cent in Africa and 4 8 per cent in Nigeria She said that Nigeria could not have a strong and balanced democracy because of marginalisation of women in politics saying the just concluded political parties primaries had shown a decrease in women as flag bearers Manu highlighted barriers against women to include lack of effective government will to implement international conventions money politics and system of god fatherism exclusion of women in parties leadership positions as well as patronage based political system Nigeria should be able to ensure 25 per cent of women representation in Africa By 2027 we want to see more women being elected as candidates of political parties she said Speaking Mrs Victoria Eta Messi the Deputy Director Gender Relations Gender and Inclusivity Department INEC said the commission plans to enlighten stakeholders on the INEC gender policy the objective of the policy and the implementation of the policy which is mandatory for the commission and other stakeholders in the electoral process Eta Messi said that not much was achieved during the party primaries by women as many could not clinch tickets to contest the 2023 elections So already it is not very promising outlook with regard to women candidates What we want to achieve now is to ensure and to see that many women turnout to vote Beyond 2023 we also hope that those lapses that were noticed for the 2023 general elections would have been bridged and all barriers would have been addressed and taken care of so that many more women will participate in the electoral space One of the stakeholders Mrs Hilda Nwanekwu Executive Director Initiatives for Sustaining Gender Empowerment stressed the need for more bonding among women to take over leadership and political positions Also Dr Angela Daniel Executive Director Women Entrepreneur Association of Nigeria as well as STAGE for Women Development Initiative decried that political parties had continued to refuse to admit women urging stakeholders to give opportunity to women NAN reports that the event had in attendance various women leaders advocating inclusion of women and People Living With Disabilities PLWDs in Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    21,352 of 34,242 new PVCs still uncollected in Lagos— INEC
    General news5 months ago

    21,352 of 34,242 new PVCs still uncollected in Lagos— INEC

    The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says about  21, 352 of 34,242 newly printed Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) for new registrants are still uncollected in Lagos State,  four months after release.

    The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Lagos State, Mr Olusegun Agbaje, disclosed this at the State Level CSO Engagement Visit organised by the Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF) powered by the EU-Support Democratic Governance in Nigeria (EU-SDGN) in collaboration with INEC.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the engagement is: “Women’s Political Participation and Inclusion and 2023 General Elections.

    Speaking, Agbaje, who decried the huge number of old and new PVCs lying fallow at INEC offices in the 20 local government areas, said the staggering amount of the PVCs belonged to women, being important stakeholders in elections.

    “Permanent Voter Card (PVC) is the sole instrument required from the Voter to participate in an election, it is an important eligibility instrument for voting without which no citizen would be allowed to partake in an election.

    “However, the total number of uncollected old PVCs in the state is 928,362 as at 5th Sept. 5, no doubt, the uncollected PVCs for women may be in the neighborhood of 436,451 (47 per cent).

    “Meanwhile, the total number of uncollected New PVCs is 21,352 out of 34,242 received PVCs, while the rest  of the new PVCs for the 202122 registration exercise is being awaited.

    “The implication of this is that the commission is having a staggering number of PVCs that should be collected by the women and other eligible voters to enable them massively participate in the forthcoming 2033 general elections,” Agbaje said.

    According to him, it is imperative that women folk, particularly the Nigerian Women Trust Fund under the Gender Election Watch (GEW) and other stakeholders rise up to the challenge to ensure the PVCs are collected without further delay.

    Agbaje, who expressed dissatisfaction over low number of women flag-bearers in the forthcoming general elections, said women needed support, encouragement and needed to be bold to fight like men to take leadership and political positions.

    “We have fewer women than men going for elective positions (in 2023).

    It is not too good, we have to continue to improve through this kind of engagement so that in future elections, we will have more women coming out for elective positions,” he added.

    The INEC boss urged stakeholders to mobilise women for PVCs’ collection and encourage them to vote in the  2023 general elections, saying that  INEC had taken a number of measures aimed at ensuring the smooth conduct of the general elections.

    Agbaje said that the just-concluded Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) captured 12,298,944 out of which a total of 6,224,866 were female while male registrants were 6,074,078. In her welcome remarks, Mrs Mufuliat Fijabi, the Chief of Executive Officer, NWTF, said the main objective of the engagement was to build synergy and cooperation between the group, INEC and other critical stakeholders like CSOs, religious and traditional leaders.

    Fijabi said  the engagement was to see how all stakeholders could work together to improve women political participation in the country.

    “There is need for more synergy in advocating for more women in leadership and political positions and the commitment to achieving this vision,” Fijabi said.

    On the overview of  the project, Malliya Manu, the NWTF Programme Manager, said the EU was worried about the low participation of women in decision making processes in Nigeria, saying the project wanted to ensure increase in women representation.

    Manu said that critical stakeholders like wives of governors, CSOs, religious and traditional leaders, INEC and others should step up games to bring in more women in politics.

    According to her, average women participation in politics is  25 per cent globally, about 22 per cent in Africa and 4.8 per cent in Nigeria.

    She said that Nigeria could not have a strong and balanced democracy because of marginalisation of women in politics, saying the just concluded political parties’ primaries had shown a decrease in women as flag-bearers.

    Manu highlighted barriers against women to include lack of effective government will to implement international conventions, money politics and system of god-fatherism, exclusion of women in parties’ leadership positions as well as patronage-based political system.

    “Nigeria should be able to ensure 25 per cent of women representation in Africa.

    By 2027, we want to see more women being elected as candidates of political parties,” she said.

    Speaking, Mrs Victoria Eta-Messi, the Deputy Director, Gender Relations, Gender and Inclusivity Department, INEC, said “the commission plans to enlighten stakeholders on the INEC gender policy, the objective of the policy and the implementation of the policy which is mandatory for the commission and other stakeholders in the electoral process.

    ” Eta-Messi said that not much was achieved during the party primaries by women as many could not clinch tickets to contest the 2023 elections.

    “So, already, it is not very promising outlook with regard to women candidates.

    What we want to achieve now is to ensure and to see that many women turnout to vote.

    “Beyond 2023, we also hope that those lapses that were noticed for the 2023 general elections would have been bridged and all barriers would have been addressed and taken care of so that many more women will participate in the  electoral space.

    ” One of the stakeholders, Mrs Hilda Nwanekwu, Executive Director, Initiatives for Sustaining Gender Empowerment, stressed the need for more bonding among women to take over leadership and political positions.

    Also, Dr Angela Daniel, Executive Director, Women Entrepreneur Association of Nigeria as well as STAGE for Women Development Initiative, decried that political parties had continued to refuse to admit women, urging stakeholders to give opportunity to women.

    NAN reports that the event had in attendance,  various women leaders advocating inclusion of women and People Living With Disabilities (PLWDs) in Nigeria.


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  •  The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN will empower 50 people living with disabilities PLWDs in Katsina State with N2 5million Mr Fisher Adeyinka Deputy Director Partnership and Coordination Department of SMEDAN disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria during a two day workshop organised for them on Wednesday in Katsina He said that each of the beneficiaries who were drawn from the 34 local governments of the state would be given N 50 000 He said the money would be disbursed to the PLWDs at the end of the training workshop organised in collaboration with the Katsina State Government According to him the workshop was aimed to broaden the knowledge of the beneficiaries on the various business enterprises they intended to establish Adeyinka said that the training was to assist them to know how they can establish the businesses of their choice He said We felt there is always ability in disability that was the reason why we organised the special training for the physically challenged persons We have already organised the maiden edition of this programme in Lagos while Katsina State is the second place that we are doing this Fisher stated that the training will help the participants to up scale their skills NAN reports that the theme of the workshop was Institutionalised Support for People Living With Disabilities www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SMEDAN to empower 50 PLWDs with N2.5m in Katsina – Official
     The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN will empower 50 people living with disabilities PLWDs in Katsina State with N2 5million Mr Fisher Adeyinka Deputy Director Partnership and Coordination Department of SMEDAN disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria during a two day workshop organised for them on Wednesday in Katsina He said that each of the beneficiaries who were drawn from the 34 local governments of the state would be given N 50 000 He said the money would be disbursed to the PLWDs at the end of the training workshop organised in collaboration with the Katsina State Government According to him the workshop was aimed to broaden the knowledge of the beneficiaries on the various business enterprises they intended to establish Adeyinka said that the training was to assist them to know how they can establish the businesses of their choice He said We felt there is always ability in disability that was the reason why we organised the special training for the physically challenged persons We have already organised the maiden edition of this programme in Lagos while Katsina State is the second place that we are doing this Fisher stated that the training will help the participants to up scale their skills NAN reports that the theme of the workshop was Institutionalised Support for People Living With Disabilities www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SMEDAN to empower 50 PLWDs with N2.5m in Katsina – Official
    Economy5 months ago

    SMEDAN to empower 50 PLWDs with N2.5m in Katsina – Official

    The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria, (SMEDAN), will empower 50 people living with disabilities ( PLWDs), in Katsina State with N2.5million.

    Mr Fisher Adeyinka, Deputy Director, Partnership and Coordination Department, of SMEDAN, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria , during a two-day workshop organised for them on Wednesday in Katsina.

    He said that each of the beneficiaries who were drawn from the 34 local governments of the state would be given N 50,000. He said the money would be disbursed to the PLWDs at the end of the training workshop organised in collaboration with the Katsina State Government.

    According to him, the workshop was aimed to broaden the knowledge of the beneficiaries on the various business enterprises  they intended to establish.

    Adeyinka said that the training was to assist them to know how they can establish the businesses of their choice.

    He said: “We felt there is always ability in disability, that was the reason why we organised the special training for the physically- challenged persons.

    “We have already organised the maiden edition of this programme in Lagos, while Katsina State is the second place that we are doing this.

    ” Fisher stated that the training will help the participants to up-scale their skills.

    NAN reports that the theme of the workshop was: “Institutionalised Support for People Living With Disabilities.

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  •  The Jigawa State Agency for Mass Education has opened a study centre for People Living with Disabilities PLWDs under its Literacy by Radio Programme The Executive Secretary of the agency Dr Abbas Abubakar told the News Agency of Nigeria in Dutse on Tuesday Abbas said the centre was opened in Aujara village in Jahun Local Government Area and already 25 PLWDs have registered NAN reports that the programme was introduced by the state government in 2021 for adult learners in order to boost the state s literacy level He said the agency however decided to include persons with disabilities vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the state Abbas said that each of the new learners comprising 20 men and five woman have been given a solar powered radio to participate in the programme The executive secretary added that though the Aujra PLWDs centre was a pilot scheme more centres would be open for such category of people across the state The gesture is part of the state government commitment on inclusive provision of education to all categories of people including people with disabilities vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the state The programme is aimed at eradicating illiteracy in the state particularly among adults in rural areas the executive secretary said Abbas said that the programme was being aired in Radio Jigawa where learners listen using their radio set The programme was introduced to complement the efforts of the National Commission for Mass Literacy Adult and Non formal Education NMEC in boosting mass literacy in the state In 2021 the NMEC supported the agency by donating 307 radio sets and other instructional materials as part of efforts to boost mass literacy in the state The instructional materials included 307 memory cards 52 Compact Disks CDs Master 307 2A 2B and 2D exercise books each 307 pencils 307 sharpeners 300 Forms C 290 literacy by radio learners primers and six registers The radio sets were distributed to 300 learners and seven facilitators at six literacy centres in Dutse Birnin Kudu Kaugama Kafinhausa Taura and Gumel local government areas The benefiting centres are Limawa in Dutse Kangire in Birninkudu Yalo in Kaugama Jabo in Kafinhausa Majiya in Taura and Garin Gambo in Gumel The advantage of the programme is that one radio teacher can reach more adult learners at once These adult learners don t have to go anywhere they can learn in their locality NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Jigawa agency for mass education opens study centre for PLWDs
     The Jigawa State Agency for Mass Education has opened a study centre for People Living with Disabilities PLWDs under its Literacy by Radio Programme The Executive Secretary of the agency Dr Abbas Abubakar told the News Agency of Nigeria in Dutse on Tuesday Abbas said the centre was opened in Aujara village in Jahun Local Government Area and already 25 PLWDs have registered NAN reports that the programme was introduced by the state government in 2021 for adult learners in order to boost the state s literacy level He said the agency however decided to include persons with disabilities vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the state Abbas said that each of the new learners comprising 20 men and five woman have been given a solar powered radio to participate in the programme The executive secretary added that though the Aujra PLWDs centre was a pilot scheme more centres would be open for such category of people across the state The gesture is part of the state government commitment on inclusive provision of education to all categories of people including people with disabilities vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the state The programme is aimed at eradicating illiteracy in the state particularly among adults in rural areas the executive secretary said Abbas said that the programme was being aired in Radio Jigawa where learners listen using their radio set The programme was introduced to complement the efforts of the National Commission for Mass Literacy Adult and Non formal Education NMEC in boosting mass literacy in the state In 2021 the NMEC supported the agency by donating 307 radio sets and other instructional materials as part of efforts to boost mass literacy in the state The instructional materials included 307 memory cards 52 Compact Disks CDs Master 307 2A 2B and 2D exercise books each 307 pencils 307 sharpeners 300 Forms C 290 literacy by radio learners primers and six registers The radio sets were distributed to 300 learners and seven facilitators at six literacy centres in Dutse Birnin Kudu Kaugama Kafinhausa Taura and Gumel local government areas The benefiting centres are Limawa in Dutse Kangire in Birninkudu Yalo in Kaugama Jabo in Kafinhausa Majiya in Taura and Garin Gambo in Gumel The advantage of the programme is that one radio teacher can reach more adult learners at once These adult learners don t have to go anywhere they can learn in their locality NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Jigawa agency for mass education opens study centre for PLWDs
    Education6 months ago

    Jigawa agency for mass education opens study centre for PLWDs

    The Jigawa State Agency for Mass Education has opened a study centre for People Living with Disabilities (PLWDs) under its Literacy-by-Radio Programme.

    The Executive Secretary of the agency, Dr Abbas Abubakar, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Dutse on Tuesday.

    Abbas said the centre was opened in Aujara village in Jahun Local Government Area and already,  25 PLWDs have registered.

    NAN reports that the programme was introduced by the state government in 2021 for adult learners in order to boost the state’s literacy level.

    He said the agency, however, decided to include persons with disabilities, vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the state.

    Abbas said that each of the new learners, comprising 20 men and five woman have been given a solar-powered radio to participate in the programme.

    The executive secretary added that though the Aujra PLWDs centre was a pilot scheme, more centres would be open for such category of people across the state.

    “The gesture is part of the state government commitment on inclusive provision of education to all categories of people, including people with disabilities, vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the state.

    “The programme is aimed at eradicating illiteracy in the state, particularly among adults in rural areas,” the executive secretary said.

    Abbas said that the programme was being aired in Radio Jigawa, where learners listen using their radio set.

    The programme was introduced to complement the efforts of the National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-formal Education (NMEC) in boosting mass literacy in the state.

    In 2021, the NMEC supported the agency by donating 307 radio sets and other instructional materials as part of efforts to boost mass literacy in the state.

    The instructional materials included 307 memory cards, 52 Compact Disks (CDs) Master, 307 2A, 2B and 2D exercise books each, 307 pencils, 307 sharpeners, 300 Forms C, 290 literacy by radio learners primers, and six registers.

    The radio sets were distributed to 300 learners and seven facilitators at six literacy centres in Dutse, Birnin Kudu, Kaugama, Kafinhausa, Taura and Gumel local government areas.

    The benefiting centres are Limawa in Dutse, Kangire in Birninkudu, Yalo in Kaugama, Jabo in Kafinhausa, Majiya in Taura and Garin Gambo in Gumel.

    ”The advantage of the programme is that one radio teacher can reach more adult learners at once.

    ”These adult learners don’t have to go anywhere, they can learn in their locality.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The North West zone leadership of the Persons Living With Disability PLWD of the All Progressives Congress APC has aledged that the lingering insecurity in the country was the handiwork of perceived enemies of the state Muhammad Narogo APC Zonal Chairman of PLWD disclosed this on Friday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna According to Narogo insecurity was being fueled to discredit President Muhammadu Buhari s government adding that the present administration had done excellently well through the provision of good governance to the teeming population of the country He urged on all people with disability in the country to get their PVCs to vote for the APC at all levels in the forthcoming general elections The chairman also applauded the present administration for its initiative on the creation of the National Commission for the Disabled which had given the PLWD a sense of belonging We are happy that persons with disability have now been given special recognition we now have a candidate from Sokoto state vying for the Senate seat and one other from a southern state he disclosed Narogo appreciated Kano State Governor Dr Abdullahi Ganduje for paying fees for children with disabilities in the state saying his gesture had shown that there were leaders who cared for the disabled NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Zonal leadership of PLWD says Nigeria’s security is sabotaged
     The North West zone leadership of the Persons Living With Disability PLWD of the All Progressives Congress APC has aledged that the lingering insecurity in the country was the handiwork of perceived enemies of the state Muhammad Narogo APC Zonal Chairman of PLWD disclosed this on Friday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna According to Narogo insecurity was being fueled to discredit President Muhammadu Buhari s government adding that the present administration had done excellently well through the provision of good governance to the teeming population of the country He urged on all people with disability in the country to get their PVCs to vote for the APC at all levels in the forthcoming general elections The chairman also applauded the present administration for its initiative on the creation of the National Commission for the Disabled which had given the PLWD a sense of belonging We are happy that persons with disability have now been given special recognition we now have a candidate from Sokoto state vying for the Senate seat and one other from a southern state he disclosed Narogo appreciated Kano State Governor Dr Abdullahi Ganduje for paying fees for children with disabilities in the state saying his gesture had shown that there were leaders who cared for the disabled NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Zonal leadership of PLWD says Nigeria’s security is sabotaged
    General news6 months ago

    Zonal leadership of PLWD says Nigeria’s security is sabotaged

    The North-West zone leadership of the Persons Living With Disability, (PLWD) of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) has aledged that the lingering insecurity in the country was the handiwork of perceived enemies of the state.

    Muhammad Narogo, APC Zonal Chairman of PLWD disclosed this on Friday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna.  

    According to Narogo, insecurity was being fueled to discredit President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, adding that the present administration had done excellently well through the provision of good governance to the teeming population of the country.

    He urged on all people with disability in the country to get their PVCs to vote for the APC at all levels in the forthcoming general elections.

    The chairman also applauded the present administration for its initiative on the creation of the National Commission for the Disabled, which had given the PLWD a sense of belonging.

    “We are happy that persons with disability have now been given special recognition, we now have a candidate from Sokoto state vying for the Senate seat and one other from a southern state,” he disclosed.

    Narogo appreciated Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, for paying fees for children with disabilities in the state, saying his gesture had shown that there were leaders who cared for the disabled.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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