Ms Lois Auta, founder of CEDAR SEED Foundation, on Tuesday advocated quota system for employment of People With Disabilities (PWD) in the country.
Auta said this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency , in Abuja, in commemoration of the International Day of Disabilities.
She said that such provision would go a long way in giving those living with disabilities equal job opportunities as others.
The advocate urged governments at all levels to begin to champion policies that would give the disabled sense of belonging.
According to her, it is time for people to begin to see PWDs as humans.
She also called for collaboration with stakeholders in giving the disabled a pride of place in political participation.
Auta said that the potential of PWDs, if properly harnessed, would increase the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Nigeria.
Auta, who restated the need for inclusiveness of the disabled in policy making of the country, called for speedy and immediate implementation of the Disabilities law.
CEDAR SEED Foundation is an NGO that primarily promotes rights of the disabled people in Nigeria.
NAN recalls that President Muhammadu Buhari, had on Jan. 23, signed the Disability Act, which provides for total inclusion and association of People With Disabilities (PWD) in Nigeria without discrimination, into law.
Edited & Vetted By: Nyisom Fiyigon Dore
NHRC makes case for establishment of commission for Persons with Disabilities
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday called for the establishment of of National Commission for Persons Living with Disabilities to enhance inclusiveness and enable them contribute their quota to national development.
The Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Mr Tony Ojukwu, made the call during a courtesy call to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development (FMHDSD), Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, in Abuja.
Ojukwu assure the minister of the commission’s commitment to partner with her to ensure that the rights of persons with disabilities are mainstreamed into governance for better results.
“We believe that if human Rights are mainstreamed in all government operations, it will be more successful.
” There will be less criticisms, there will be no stigmatization, it will be more inclusive and people will be more patriotic and Nigeria will be better off” he said.
Ojukwu commended the Minister for providing humanitarian assistance and palliatives during different crisis situations, saying the issue of humanitarian intervention is always an emergency situation that requires good planning.
He said a well-planned intervention will solve a lot of humanitarian challenges in the country and suggested a shift from humanitarian Emergency to sustainable development.
”We are ready to collaborate with you in carrying out our statutory mandate which includes, the formulation and implementation of fair and focused social inclusion and protection programs in Nigeria”. (NAN)
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Lagos Judiciary upgrades Electronic Filing System
The Lagos State Judiciary has upgraded ts Electronic Filing System (EFS) by introducing E-Payment for faster filing and processing of cases, without the need to visit the High Court Registry.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the information is contained in a circular tagged “Public Notice” signed by the Chief Registrar dated June 4 in Lagos.
According to the notice, the purpose of the process is to make filing and processing of cases easier and faster.
The notice reads :”this is to inform the General Public that the Lagos State Judiciary has upgraded the Judiciary Information System (E-filing) by introducing E-Payment for faster filing and processing of cases, without the need to visit the High Court Registry.”
The notice also provides that Payment is mandatory for the E-Filling System and that same can be processed by visiting . https://lagos.ebs-rcm.com/
“Please note that payer ID is mandatory for E-filing. If you do not have payer ID, it can be obtained instantly during filing or through the State Revenue Website: https://lagos.ebs-rcm.com/ please click on ‘self-service’.
The notice also provided for E-filing support help lines & emails for the various judicial divisions in Lagos including Ikeja, Lagos, Ikorodu, Epe, and Badagry, to assist counsel with the process.
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COVID-19: Coalition seeks urgent establishment National Commission for Persons with Disabilities
U.S.-based coalition of people living with disabilities has called for urgent establishment of the National Commission for Persons Living with Disabilities.
The coalition, under the auspices of Equal Rights for Persons with Disabilities International, Inc. (ERPWDI), made the call in a letter to the National Assembly leadership in Abuja.
The letter was jointly signed by Chief Eric Ufom, President and Chief Executive Officer of ERPWDI, and Mrs Ngozi Ikebuaku, Executive Secretary of the organisation.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had on Jan. 23, 2019, assented to Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act, 2018.
Section 31 of the Act provides for the setting up of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities with Executive Secretary as the head.
The coalition urged the legislative arm to help to speed up establishment of the commission to cater for people living with disabilities in the face of COVID-19.
The coalition added that the establishment of the commission would facilitate intervention by government in the affairs of Nigerians living with disabilities.
Edited By: Kamal Oropo/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)
Persons with disabilities decry neglect in fight against COVID-19
The persons with disabilities on Tuesday decried the neglect of the deaf community in the sensitisation programme of the fight against COVID-19.
The Chairman of the Delta chapter of the Joint National Association of Persons With Disabilities, (JONAS WD), Mr Obruche Omor, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Asaba that sensitisation campaigns on coronavirus failed to carry along the deaf.
He said this was because signs interpreters were absent at all the sensitisation campaigns on the coronavirus pandemic carried out across the country.
“As far as we are concerned, the deaf community is totally locked out because there are no sign language interpreters in all the sensitisation programme.
“Even in our normal traditional media, that is, the television stations owned by the state, you hardly see them except in few Federal Government programmes.
“Like here in Delta State, I have not seen or witnessed any.
“Even the State Bureau for Orientation, in all the orientation and enlightenment programmes, they have been carrying out across the state, not one person, who is a sign interpreter is involved in any of their programmes,” Omor said.
According to him, persons with disabilities are the most vulnerable group mostly affected by COVID-19.
“For the visually impaired persons, the only way that they can find their way is by touching and the World Health Organisation (WHO) made us to understand that one of the easiest ways to be infected with the coronavirus is touching infected objects,” he added.
Omor, therefore, called for more enlightenment programmers with sign interpreters and relevant stakeholders in order to help drive the message to persons with disabilities who are more vulnerable to the disease.
Edited By: Fela Fashoro/Salif Atojoko (NAN)