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PWDs seek support for passage of disability bill in Kaduna

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The Disability Community in Kaduna State, on Thursday, organised a public policy dialogue to sustain advocacy and mobilise support for the passage of Disability Bill, before the state’s Law Review Committee.

The National President, Persons with Disabilities (PWD) Ralwan Mohammed, said that the dialogue was organised with the support from DFID-funded Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL).

Mohammed, who described the bill as the ‘life wire’ of PWDs, said that the bill if passed, would improve service delivery to persons with disability and protect their rights as citizens.

He said that the engagement was aimed at consolidating efforts toward passing the bill to improve participation of excluded citizens in government processes, especially PWDs.

“The meeting was also organised to advocate for inclusion of PWDs in the state’s budget processes to capture their needs and their institutions in the state.

“We cannot achieve this alone. We need the support of all relevant stakeholders, including the media in ensuring that the bill is passed,” he said.

Also speaking, former Special Assistant on Disability to Gov. Nasir El-Rufai, Aliyu Mohammed, said that El-Rufai and the House of Assembly were willing to ensure that the bill was passed.

He urged the disability community to intensify efforts in ensuring that the bill gets the approval of the review committee and move to the House of Assembly for passage.

Commissioner for Human Services and Social Development, Hajiya Hafsat Baba, commended PERL for supporting the state to deliver quality services to the people and by ensuring that no one was left behind.

Baba, who was represented by the Director, Kaduna State Rehabilitation Board, Aliyu Yakasai, said that the bill was currently before the Law Review Committee for approval.

“The bill will be sent to the House of Assembly as soon as the committee finish looking at it, and I assure you that it will be passed,” she added.

Similarly, the Commissioner for Justice, Aisha Dikko, said that the bill was designed to protect all rights of person with disabilities, adding that the ministry was in full support.

Dikko, who was represented by the Deputy Director, Legal Drafting, Murtala Halalu, said that the bill has made provisions for the establishment of agency for persons with disabilities and the prosecution of any person that discriminated against PWDs.

“It will also ensure that public buildings in the state make provisions for PWDs, provide brail facilities, sign language experts and special teachers in schools to meets the needs of PWDs,” he added.

Earlier, PERL State team Lead, Mr Abel Adejo, said the DFID was supporting the process in the spirit of social inclusion to ensure that no one is left behind in the development agenda of the state.

Adejo noted that PWDs participated in every election in the state and therefore, should be given recognition and space to participate as well as contribute their quota in the development process.

He said that PERL was supporting the state to strengthen governance structure for effective and sustainable delivery of public goods and services.

“The goal is to ensure that the Kaduna State Government meets citizens’ needs, contribute to inclusive growth and reduce poverty,” he said.

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Former Niger governor extols IBB at 78

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The immediate past governor of Niger, Dr Babangida Aliyu, on Saturday extolled the virtues of former military leader, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (rtd) of contributing positively to Nation building.

Aliyu made the remark in Minna, while congratulating IBB who turned 78 years on Aug. 17.

“Many people will be interested to know about IBB’s birthday because he is an elder statesman who has contributed positively to the development of our country.

“I am happy that he is still alive and healthy, I wish him well at 78.

“We hope he will still live longer because we need him around to continue to contribute to national development,” he said.

He assured he would continue to encourage and support Babangida towards contributing to the development of Nigeria.

“I think IBB is a statesman that we will continue to pray for,” he said.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that IBB, who was born Aug. 17, 1941 was the military President of Nigeria between Aug. 27, 1985 and Aug. 26, 1993.

He previously served as the Chief of Army Staff from January 1984 to August 1985.

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First Lady celebrate APC ex-chair at 80

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First Lady Aisha Buhari has described the former national chairman of All Progressive Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, as a complete gentleman and a peace maker.

She made this known in her Instagram handle on Saturday in a message to celebrate the former APC chairman on his 80th birthday anniversary.

The first lady also described the celebrant as a unifying factor who worked tirelessly for the development of his fatherland.

She therefore wished him long life in good health and prosperity.

The message reads: ”Happy Birthday, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, former National Chairman of APC.

”A complete gentleman, a peace maker and a unifying factor of our time.

”Wishing you many years ahead in good health and prosperity.”

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Chairman, Organising Committee of the event, Mr Ray Morphy, said the committee plans to mark Odigie-Oyegun’s birthday in Abuja on Aug. 17.

Morphy said that eminent Nigerians, including top APC chieftains, are expected at the event.

He urged young Nigerians to emulate the leadership qualities and values demonstrated by Odigie-Oyegun when he served as a Permanent Secretary, governor of Edo and National Chairman of APC.

“Chief Odigie-Oyegun has kept his name clean right and fair over the years.

”Even as he left office as National Chairman of the APC, you noticed that he has never engaged in any battle with anybody in the party.”

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Road crash claims 1 on Lagos-Ibadan highway

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The Ogun State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says one person lost his life in a road crash at Danco, near Sagamu, on the LagosIbadan highway.

The Sector Commander, Mr Clement Oladele, told Nigeria News Agency on Saturday in Ota that the accident happened at about 8.00 p.m on Friday.

Oladele explained that a Toyota SUV with registration number GGE 30 DF, was coming from Lagos when the driver lost control due to speeding.

He said that the driver veered off the road, somersaulted and crashed into a parked bus.

“The corpse of the victim has been deposited at the mortuary of Idera Hospital in Sagamu, Ogun State,’’ he said.

The FRSC boss advised motorists to obey traffic rules and regulations to avoid avoidable road crashes and its attendant fatalities.

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FG flag-off agric. inputs distribution in Adamawa

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The Federal Government, through its North East Multi-Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project, has flagged off the distribution of agricultural inputs in Adamawa.

The over 20,000 beneficiaries would be given inputs and non food item kits from seven local government areas affected by insurgency in the state.

Maj.-Gen. Paul Tarfa, Chairman, North East Development Commission (NEDC) flagged off the distribution in Michika Local Government Area.

Tarfa, who was represented by Alhaji Muhammed Danjuma, federal project coordinator of the Programme, said the intervention included rehabilitation of infrastructure affected by insurgency in the areas.

“The North East Multi Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project (MCRP) is being implemented by the Federal Government in partnership with the World Bank in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.

“The core objective of the project is to support Government of Nigeria in rehabilitation and improving critical infrastructural service delivery to improve and sustain the livelihood of conflict and displacement in affected communities in North East,” Tarfa said.

Mr Maurice Vonubolki, Adamawa project coordinator of the programme, listed the benefiting councils to include Madagali, Michika, Mubi North, Mubi South, Maiha, Song and Gombi.

He said the distribution was a continuation of several interventions made by the programme in the benefiting communities.

“Apart from the distribution of agricultural inputs and non food item kits witnessed today, the project under component one had reached out to thousands of beneficiaries with improved small animal inputs, non agricultural livelihood and soft skills training for small entrepreneurship.

“Under component two, the project has commenced rehabilitation of critical physical infrastructure that include water provision, transport sector, education, health and public buildings in the affected areas,” Vonubolki said.

He noted that already about 295 hand pumps and 59 solar boreholes had been provided across the affected communities in the seven councils.

Responding on behalf of the state government and the benefiting communities, Mr Haruna Ali, Deputy Transition Caretaker Chairman of Michika, thanked the federal government for the intervention.

Ali tasked the beneficiaries to use the items to improve their living condition for sustainable economic development of their areas.

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Gov. Matawalle of Zamfara appoints new HOS

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Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has approved the appointment of Alhaji Kabiru Balarabe as the new Head of Service for the state’s Civil Service.

Until his appointment, Balarabe was the Permanent Secretary, Government House.

A statement signed by Yusuf Idris, the Director-General of Press Affairs to the governor and made available to newsmen in Gusau on Saturday, said the appointment takes immediate effect.

The appointment followed the retirement of Alhaji Mujtaba Isa, the former Head of Service.

Matawalle charged the new Head of Service to live up to the administration’s expectations by restructuring the service in the state and making it a role model.

Born in March, 1966, Balarabe, a graduate of the University of Sokoto, joined the civil service as a Research Officer in the old Sokoto Military Administrator’s office in August, 1991.

He had served in various capacities including as Private Secretary to late President Shehu Shagari between 1993 and 1996.

Balarabe was also a Principal Private Secretary to the Zamfara State first civilian governor, Sen. Ahmed Sani and a former Local Government Sole Administrator of the old Kasuwar Daji Local Government.

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