Amputee Coalition of Nigeria (ACON), on Tuesday called for the establishment of a commission to carter for the needs of all Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).
The National Secretary of ACON, Mr George Anwayi, made the appeal in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency , in Abuja, in commemoration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD).
The IDPD is a global annual event to promote the rights and well-being of PWDs and to increase awareness on their political, social, economic and cultural lifestyle and challenges.
Anwayi, said the call was in line with the 2019 theme: “Promoting the Participation of Persons with Disabilities and their Leadership: Taking Action on the 2030 Development Agenda.
According to him, empowerment of PWDs would ensure the 2030 agenda for sustainable development, which specifies all inclusiveness, is fully implemented.
He further appealed to the government to implement the Disability Rights Law to end stigma, discrimination and abuse against PWDs.
“Since there is a law on ground to ensure that people with disabilities are protected and their rights are fought for, what we want is the full implementation of the bill.
“Government should take full responsibility, and others will follow suit.
“There is supposed to be a commission to carter for the affairs of people with disabilities, which should be established as provided by the law and having capable people with disabilities managing it because they understand and know the plights of the PWDs.’’
He, therefore, called on the government to show the political will to employ PWDs which would encourage those in the private sector to take a cue.
“People with disabilities should be given their own quota, at least five per cent. It is not a matter of charity; it is a right that should be done.
“Other countries make sure they take the issues of persons with disabilities seriously, that is why they are progressing and gone far in terms of development.
“But here, we do it as if we are doing charity work and trying to help.’’
Edited & Vetted By: Abiemwense Moru/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore
Gov. Ortom inaugurates Benue Assembly Service Commission
Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue on Tuesday inaugurated the State House of Assembly Service Commission.
Ortom, while inaugurating the commission in Makurdi said, it was to ensure smooth administration and running of the House including recruitment, promotion and discipline of staff.
He enjoined members to be guided by the extant laws governing the commission and also charged them to be committed, conscientious and patriotic in all their dealings with the staff and the public.
He thanked the lawmakers, particularly the Speaker, Mr Titus Uba for the expeditious approval of the commission members.
He listed members of the commission to include, Dr Sylvester Atachin as Chairman, Mr Benjamin Dowgo, while Mr Terseer Tsumba, Mr Avine Agbom and Mr Ezekiel Adaji will serve as members.
“As pioneers, you have the task of laying the foundation on which future the commission members would build.
“You have been appointed based on your previous experience, competence and adherence to the doctrine of fair representation.
“It is important to note too that your appointment is a four-year mandate, which may only be renewed once.
“Let me emphasise that the commission cannot afford to function as an island, but shall have a harmonious working relationship with the National Assembly Commission, the State Civil Service Commission and the leadership of the House among others for optimal results,”he said.
He expressed happiness that a milestone has been achieved during his tenure as governor of the state and under the leadership of Uba as speaker.
“It is my belief, therefore that the autonomy of the legislature is for administrative convenience and will not stop us from continuing to work together in harmony.
“As a matter of fact, it should accentuate the mutual respect and co-operation between the two arms of government for the overall good of Benue people and the nation,”he said.
Atachin thanked the governor for finding them worthy of the appointment and pledged members unflinching support for his administration.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)
Commission issues provisional safety compliance certificates to verified centres
The Lagos State Safety Commission has begun physical verification of social clubs in the state with a view to issuing them provisional safety compliance certificates.
The Director-General of the commission, Mr Lanre Mojola, made this known in a statement on Sunday in Lagos.
Mojola said that the commission had started issuing the certificates to social clubs that have registered and have had their locations verified.
According to the statement, the DGhad visited the Ikoyi Club, Lagos Motor Boat Club, Lagos Polo Club, Ikeja Country Club, Ikeja Golf Club, Lagos Jetski Club, Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Yoruba Tennis Club and Ikeja Golf Club amongst others during the weekend.
Mojola commended the level of compliance and assured of the commission’s readiness to re-open some of the clubs.
He spoke on the need to maintain social distancing and proper hygiene across these facilities.
He said that while some businesses are complying with the registration procedure to open initiative, some are yet to comply.
“I urged all social clubs, event centres, betting centres, bars, night clubs, gaming arcades, casinos and all businesses captured under the ‘Register to Open Initiative’ to do so in earnest to allow the verification process take place,’’ Mojola said.
He warned centres that have completed their registrations and have had their centres verified, not to open until a formal announcement is made by Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The DG urged all Lagosians to cooperate with the government on adherence to all safety guidelines. .
Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
NASS Service Commission confirms Giwa as Reps Clerk
The National Assembly Service Commission (NASC) has confirmed the appointment of Mr Patrick Giwa as the substantive Clerk of the House of Representatives.
The confirmation of Giwa was contained in letter by the Chairman of NASC, Mr Ahmed Amshi.
The appoinment came along side other Permanent Secretaries in the National Assembly (NASS).
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Giwa was appointed acting Clerk of the House of Representatives on Nov. 26, 2018.
Giwa was born on November 25, 1960, and started his civil service career in 1987, after undergoing the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) from December 1985 to November 1986.
Giwa rose in service to become Deputy Clerk before his appointment as the Clerk of the green chambers.
Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
COVID-19: Buhari challenges ECOWAS Commission on Economic Recovery Plan
The president gave the challenge at a virtual meeting with the President of the Commission, Jean Kassi-Brou, on Thursday.
President Buhari, in his capacity as the ECOWAS COVID-19 Champion, agreed to provide logistic support to enable the sub-region receive and distribute procured and donated medical equipment using Abuja as the hub for the distribution.
The Nigerian leader lamented that the pandemic is yet to reach its peak in the sub-region and warned against laxity in the fight against it.
He called on member-states to continually sensitise their citizens on preventive measures.
The President expressed appreciation on behalf of ECOWAS member-states for the “swift interventions made to the West African Health Organisation (WAHO) and the Africa Centre for Disease Control by the Jack Ma Foundation.”
He also commended the support so far received from “development partners such as the European Union, African Development Bank, France and Germany for their financial contributions in the procurement of medical supplies.”
He urged member-states to work closely in order to overcome the pandemic in the sub-region.
According to Kassi-Brou, these include, the need for advocacy at continental and global levels particularly with the G20, World Bank, United Nations and the African Development Bank among others, for support to negate the health and economic damage to the ECOWAS sub-region.
He also stressed the need for mass awareness campaign to achieve behavioural change among the citizens of the community with effective customs, security and health protocols put in place throughout the sub-region.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)