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  •  The Beautiful Gate Handicapped People Centre Jos a non governmental organisation has donated wheelchairs to 100 victims of polio and other Persons Living with Disabilities PWDs in Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State Miss Sandra Yilgwan the Media and Communications Officer of the organisation announced this in a statement issued in Jos Mr Ayuba Gufwan hellip
    NGO donates wheelchairs to 100 polio victims in Karu
     The Beautiful Gate Handicapped People Centre Jos a non governmental organisation has donated wheelchairs to 100 victims of polio and other Persons Living with Disabilities PWDs in Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State Miss Sandra Yilgwan the Media and Communications Officer of the organisation announced this in a statement issued in Jos Mr Ayuba Gufwan hellip
    NGO donates wheelchairs to 100 polio victims in Karu
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    NGO donates wheelchairs to 100 polio victims in Karu

    The Beautiful Gate Handicapped People Centre, Jos, a non-governmental organisation, has donated wheelchairs to 100 victims of polio and other Persons Living with Disabilities (PWDs) in Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.Miss Sandra Yilgwan,  the Media and Communications Officer of the organisation, announced this in a statement issued in Jos.Mr Ayuba Gufwan,  the Executive Director and Founder of the centre who presented the wheelchairs to the beneficiaries, said that the gesture aimed at alleviating the suffering of victims of polio and other PWDs.Gufwan,  a polio survivor, admonished the beneficiaries to put the wheelchairs into good use, adding that it would aid their mobility and enable them have better their lives.He urged them to take advantage of this gesture to either learn a trade, enrol in school or start a business that would enable them earn a living.Responding, the Chairman of the council, Mr James Thomas, thanked the centre for the kind gesture and promised to regularly support PWDs in the locality.

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  •  International Federation of Women Lawyers FIDA FCT chapter on Friday called on prospective voters to eschew all forms of electoral violence and being used as touts during and after the elections The Programme Officer of FIDA Esther Ikenye made the call at the community sensitisation for Kori and Kofai communities in Bwari Area Council of the hellip
    2023 election: FIDA urges women, youths to shun violence  
     International Federation of Women Lawyers FIDA FCT chapter on Friday called on prospective voters to eschew all forms of electoral violence and being used as touts during and after the elections The Programme Officer of FIDA Esther Ikenye made the call at the community sensitisation for Kori and Kofai communities in Bwari Area Council of the hellip
    2023 election: FIDA urges women, youths to shun violence  
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    2023 election: FIDA urges women, youths to shun violence  

    International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), FCT chapter on Friday called on prospective voters to eschew all forms of electoral violence and being used as touts during and after the elections.

    The Programme Officer of FIDA, Esther Ikenye, made the call at the community sensitisation for Kori and Kofai communities in Bwari Area Council of the FCT supported by Action Aid under the We-You Pro Project.

    She also called on all Nigerians to make use of the extended continuous voters registration opportunity to get their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) .

    “The purpose of the sensitisation is to educate them on continue voter’s registration exercise and key provisions under the Electoral Act.

    “And, also to promote the inclusion of women, youths and PWD in key electoral and governance processes across the FCT ahead of the 2023 general elections,” Ikenye said.

    She said that the simplified version of the Electoral Act was given to members of the communities for them to enhance their knowledge on voters’ education and their rights.

    Ikenye, however, advised women, youth and PWD to support their counterparts to change current narratives.

    The Programme officer of FIDA, Chioma Okoye-Chukwuma, said FIDA provided legal support to female political candidates who wish to challenge election results where there were clear cases of irregularities that denied them the mandate.

    She said FIDA also served to increase the participation and representation of women in decision making and governance.

    Okoye-Chukwuma said members of the communities should ensure they get their PVC and support women, youths and PWDs who want to take leadership positions.

    The Secretary of the District Head of Dutse Alhaji, Mr Hamzat Zakaria, said the programme was educative and interactive as it sensitises the  people on the civic rights and continuous voters  education.

    “We were told to ensure our PVCs were in good condition, we were told the procedures to follow if any ones PVC was damaged in order to vote for candidate of their choice.

    “This is the right time to change the negative in the society by our votes, “he said.

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  •  The Nigerian Union of Journalists NUJ has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to create special Continuous Voter Registration CVR centres for Persons With Disabilities PWDs for an enhanced inclusion The Chairman NUJ FCT Chapter Mr Emmanuel Ogbeche made the call on Wednesday at the Journalists for Disability Inclusion J4DI stakeholders meeting in Abuja hellip
    CVR: NUJ urges INEC to create special centres for persons with disabilities
     The Nigerian Union of Journalists NUJ has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to create special Continuous Voter Registration CVR centres for Persons With Disabilities PWDs for an enhanced inclusion The Chairman NUJ FCT Chapter Mr Emmanuel Ogbeche made the call on Wednesday at the Journalists for Disability Inclusion J4DI stakeholders meeting in Abuja hellip
    CVR: NUJ urges INEC to create special centres for persons with disabilities
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    CVR: NUJ urges INEC to create special centres for persons with disabilities

    The Nigerian Union of Journalists, (NUJ), has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), to create special Continuous Voter Registration (CVR), centres for Persons With Disabilities (PWDs), for an enhanced inclusion.

    The Chairman, NUJ, FCT Chapter, Mr Emmanuel Ogbeche, made the call on Wednesday at the Journalists for Disability Inclusion, (J4DI), stakeholders meeting in Abuja on Wednesday.

    Ogbeche, who was also the national coordinator, J4DI, said that the call was necessary because of the mass number of people at the registration centres, which put PWDs at a disadvantaged position.

    “There is a need for special centres or designated points within the existing centres exclusively for PWDs.

    “This is because talking about 2023, we want inclusion and if you look at the INEC data, there is the possibility that there are more persons with disabilities that have not been able to register, giving the shunting, the pushing and the distance.

    “So we are making an appeal to INEC to consider setting special points exclusively for PWDs,’’ he said.

    The chairman also expressed worry that most of the buildings of financial institutions in Abuja, especially those of banks, were not disability inclusive as they had no ramps, but only staircases with no support system for PWDs.

    He said that it was high time journalists worked to enhance the inclusion of PWDs by, firstly, understanding the Disabilities Act, and other policies regarding disability.

    He added that there was the need for media practitioners to have a foundation workshop in order to come to terms with certain nomenclature on PWDs .

    “A basic understanding will help us build capacity in reporting effectively and to become agents of change,” he said.

    President and Founder of the Albino Foundation, Jake Epelle commended the journalists for the J4DI initiating saying that had written their names in the sands of time by becoming the first entity to focus on PWDs issues.

    “We are so proud of all of the work that many of you have done to see that history has suddenly become a reality, but a lot more has to be done.

    “Please leverage on the platforms that we have created, access that we have been able to create, partners and very high profile individuals that we know to push the work further.

    “ Prepare yourself, get ready, and get on with the job, a lot more has to be done to project what you do, many of your media houses need to ensure that you give visibility to this worthy cause,” he said.

    Epelle called on J4DI to create an advocacy group to visit some prominent offices to seek support for the cause of PWDs in Nigeria.

    Also, Ms Ladi Bala, the President, Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, (NAWOJ), congratulated the journalists for putting up such a group to beam the searchlight on the plight of PWDs in Nigeria .

    Bala urged J4DI to bring more people on board in order to enlighten the public on PWD inclusion and the need to dispel stigmatisation among others.

    She called on the journalists to build their capacities and be abreast with issues around PWDs in order to report them better.

    “We need to understand the issues because when we do not understand these issues, we will not be able to fly with it very well.

    “You cannot give what you do not have, so we need to understand the Disabilities Act, understand the issues around disabilities, and package it in such a manner that we dispel stigmatisation,’’ she said.

    Similarly, Mr Patrick Osadebamwen, the secretary of J4DI, said that the group was created following a dream of having a voice that would promote inclusion across the board.

    “The group would also advance the issues of the girl with disability in Abasima, the Bole woman by the roadside and all that concerns J4D1.

    “These would be explored by engaging experts, acquainting ourselves with the law and effective utilisation of the media. All these would be followed through as a responsibility, not a favour,” he said.

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  •  Ahead of the 2023 General Elections the Centre for Citizens With Disabilities CCD has solicited the support of Lagos State Office For Disabilities Affairs LASODA and Lagos State Independence Electoral Commission LASIEC for an inclusive electoral process Mr Peter Ekemini Programme Officer Centre for Citizens with Disabilities CCD made the call on Tuesday during a hellip
    General Election: CCD solicits LASODA, LASIEC’s support for inclusive electoral process
     Ahead of the 2023 General Elections the Centre for Citizens With Disabilities CCD has solicited the support of Lagos State Office For Disabilities Affairs LASODA and Lagos State Independence Electoral Commission LASIEC for an inclusive electoral process Mr Peter Ekemini Programme Officer Centre for Citizens with Disabilities CCD made the call on Tuesday during a hellip
    General Election: CCD solicits LASODA, LASIEC’s support for inclusive electoral process
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    General Election: CCD solicits LASODA, LASIEC’s support for inclusive electoral process

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

  •  The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC says fresh registration in the ongoing nationwide Continuous Voter Registration CVR has hit 10 487 972 as at 7 a m on Monday June 27 The commission in its CVR weekly update released in Abuja on Monday also disclosed that 8 631 696 registrants had completed their registrations It disclosed that 3 250 449 of the hellip
    CVR fresh registration hits over 10m -INEC
     The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC says fresh registration in the ongoing nationwide Continuous Voter Registration CVR has hit 10 487 972 as at 7 a m on Monday June 27 The commission in its CVR weekly update released in Abuja on Monday also disclosed that 8 631 696 registrants had completed their registrations It disclosed that 3 250 449 of the hellip
    CVR fresh registration hits over 10m -INEC
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    CVR fresh registration hits over 10m -INEC

    The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says fresh registration in the ongoing nationwide Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) has hit 10,487,972 as at 7 a.m. on Monday, June 27.

    The commission in its CVR weekly update, released in Abuja on Monday, also disclosed that 8,631,696 registrants had completed their registrations.

    It disclosed that 3,250,449 of the registrants completed the process through online, while 5,381,247 did through physical registration.

    The gender breakdown of the registrants who had completed their registration comprised 4,292,690 male and 4,339,006 female, with the gender category showing that 6,081,456 of the figures were youth, while 67,171 were Persons with Disabilities, PWDs.

    The update also revealed that INEC had received a total of 23,560,043 applications including those applying for voter transfer, requests for replacement of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and update of voter information records.

    The breakdown also indicated that 12,317,963 of the applications were from male, 11,242, 080 were from female, while 187,904 applications were received from PWDs. (www

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