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Physically  challenged persons commend NDDC on skills acquisition training in Edo.


















Benin, April 29, 2019 People living with disabilities in Edo on Monday, commended the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) for training them on various skills .

Mr Henry Ebose, the state Chairman of Joint National Assembly of Persons with disabilities (JONAPWD), gave the commendation in Benin during the closing ceremony of the two weeks intensive skills acquisition training.

The training was organised by NDDC for the physically challenged persons in Edo.

Ebose said: “For the past two weeks we have learnt different skills that most of us did not know before now and we have gathered adequate knowledge to enable us earn a living.

“We commend NDDC for the laudable initiative aimed eradicating poverty among the physically challenged in Edo.”

He appealed to the commission to carry out more of such training for more people living with disabilities to benefit from the programme.

“The number of persons with disabilities who participated in the training is very small, compared to the number we have in the state.“

Mrs Janet Omole, one of the participants at the training also thanked NDDC for the programme adding that, she “will forever remain grateful for the privilege to participate in the training.“

“I am also grateful to NDDC and the Federal government for the training. It will enable me take care of myself and my children,” she said.

Mrs Theresa Patrison, the coordinator of the NDDC skill acquisition programme in Edo, said the programme was organised by NDDC in partnership with other NGOs to empower people living with disabilities in the state

Patrison stated that the training was also to enable them acquire necessary skills for self employment in order for them to earn a living

“We started intensive skills acquisition training for the physically two weeks ago and the experience has been wonderful, they  learnt what they did not know before now .

“NDDC brought the training programme to their door step and they all did very well during the training programme

” I am happy that they did well in bead making, shoe making, catering, photography and GSM repairs. They can now earn a living with the knowledge they have acquired,” she said.

She also explained that the participants had been made to open a account with First City Monumental Bank (FCMB).

According to her, the funds to purchase the starter packs for the carousel trade they learnt will be paid to them through the bank.

The News Agency of Nigeria NNN reports NDDC had on Wednesday, April 10 begun a 14-day Skill Acquisition Training Programme for 28 Physically challenged persons in the state.


COVID-19: Physically-challenged supports Oyo’s `learning-on-air’ programme



The Oyo State government, on Sunday, said it had received support for the state radio educational programme from a physically-challenged man, Olajide Jonathan, to boost students’ participation.
Dr Nureni Adeniran, the Executive Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), said this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan.
Adeniran said during the weekend, Jonathan, who, he described as ‘a man with a special need’, supported the ongoing government’s ‘learning-on-air’ broadcast for primary school pupils with some customised bags.
He said the gesture was to encourage pupils in the state to pay rapt attention to the radio broadcast put together by the board.
Adeniran quoted the donor, a resident of Ifo in Ogun, as commending the state government for taking learning to the doorsteps of the pupils in the state.
He, however, urged the government to take into cognisance pupils with special needs during this stay-at-home period.
Jonathan, who expressed his desire to meet the SUBEB chairman soon, said that his support for the basic education sector was borne out of pure love for the Gov. Seyi Makinde-led administration.
Receiving the gifts, Adeniran said that they were testimonies to the wide reach of the broadcast, adding that they would go a long way in encouraging basic school pupils in the state.
He noted that though the board initiated the idea of gifts about two weeks ago, with cash prizes for the winners, complementing such with beautifully-customised bags would be an added advantage for the winners.
Adeniran said: “As far as we are concerned, this is an immense contribution, coming from Mr Olajide Jonathan.
“We didn’t expect that someone who neither resides in the state nor comes from the state would pick this kind of keen interest in our on-air programme for pupils during this stay-at-home period.”
The SUBEB chairman also commended the sacrifice and efforts of Jonathan, who, he said, decided to leave other commitments to give to the state and its pupils such valuable gifts.
Adeniran, however, urged the pupils and their parents to abide by precautionary safety as prescribed by the State COVID-19 Task Force and the health professionals so that the spread of coronavirus could be halted.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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Lockdown: Oil firm distributes palliatives to physically challenged in A/Ibom



An oil servicing company, Grafen Integrated Oilfield Services has distributed palliatives to physically challenged to cushion the effect of the lockdown caused by COVID -19 pandemic in the state.

Mr Iniobong Esuene, the Managing Director of the company donating the food items in Eket Local Government Area on Wednesday, said the gesture was geared toward aiding the Physically challenged who are most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the items donated included rice, beans, noodles, garri and provisions.

Esuene said Grafen Services as an indigenous company would always rise to the occasion, to contribute their quota in times like this as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to the people.

“As an indigenous oil firm, we will always contribute our quota to the building of our society and will also carter for the well-being of the people especially physically challenged in times like this,” Esuene said.

He said that the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the society should be collective, as organisations and government cannot do it all to satisfy the people.

Reacting on the gesture, Mr Ekanem Willie, the Vice Chairman of the constituted Eket Action Committee on COVID-19 expressed the committee’s appreciation to the oil firm for thinking of the physically challenged at a time of this pandemic.

Willie stressed that the oil firm was the first oil servicing company, operating within the shores of Eket, to provide palliatives to physically challenged, to cushion the effect of the lockdown caused by the pandemic.

He charged the beneficiaries of the palliatives to adhere strictly to the laid down protocol of social distancing, consistent washing of hands with soap and water or sanitisers, while also giving them hope that the pandemic would be a thing of the past.

Reacting on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mr Imoh Johnson, the President of the physically challenged, thanked the oil servicing company for thinking in their direction and not playing politics with the distribution of the palliatives.

Johnson said there was need for organisations to emulate the gesture of Grafen Integrated Oilfield Services toward ameliorating the sufferings of the people as a result of the lockdown caused by the Coronavirus.

“This food items will help to ameliorate the suffering of the people as a result of the lockdown caused by the Coronavirus pandemic ravaging the country,” Johnson said.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Ekemini Ladejobi (NAN)


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NYSC member donates 12 wheelchairs to physically challenged persons in Kebbi



A member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Umuhani Abdulazeez-Onono, (2019 batch B), has donated 12 wheelchairs to physically challenged persons in the Kebbi State School for Special Needs.

Presenting the wheelchairs in Birnin Kebbi on Wednesday, Abdulazeez-Onono, said the gesture was borne out of her passion to ensure equal rights for all human beings.

“I always advocate equal rights, and when I was posted to Kebbi State to serve my fatherland, I met a friend, a fellow corps member at my place of primary assignment, who was then carrying out a personal community development service.

“I followed her to the state school for special needs where I noticed the number of physically challenged students that were crawling around unaided.

“This was what drew my attention to their plight and so I came up with this project to assist them with the wheel chairs that will ease their movement in the quest to acquire knowledge for a better future,’’ she said.

The NYSC member said that she made the donation from her personal efforts and with support from some Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), in the state.

Speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Kebbi Government House, Alhaji Mustapha Aliyu- Gwandu, described the donation as important gift to the less-privileged students.

“The wheelchairs will enable the special students to move freely in the school,’’ Aliyu- Gwandu said.

The secretary urged other corps members and well- to-do individuals in the state to emulate Abdulazeez-Onono.

The state NYSC Coordinator, Mr Mustapha Muhammad, noted that the lady corp member’s gesture would go a long way in ameliorating the challenges of the vulnerable students.

Muhammad, who was represented by the Head of Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurs Development (SAED), Mr Garba Fana, prayed that God would touch the corps member’s life as she had touched the lives of the special students.

In her remark, the Principal of the school, Hajiya Umar Aliyu-Jantulu, represented by the Vice Principal, Hajiya Aishatu Ahmed, lauded Abdulazeez-Onono for the donation.

Aliyu-Jantulu said that the corps member’s name would remain evergreen in the history of the school.

Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore (NAN)

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Anambra first lady gives succor to 100 physically challenged persons




Wife of Anambra Governor, Dr. Ebelechukwu Obiano, has given succor to 100 visually impaired and physically challenged persons to cushion the impact of the lockdown of the state due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The governor’s wife handed over the items in Aguleri, Anambra East Local Government Area of the state on Friday.

According to her, the palliative was to alleviate the pain of the restriction of movement arising  from coronavirus ravaging the world.

Obiano, who is the founder of the Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFÉ), an NGO through which she touches lives of the lowly, said that her action was necessitated by the negative effect of the lockdown.

Obiano said that the palliatives which include cartons of noodles, tomato, salt, cereals and cash which were handed out to the beneficiaries would reduce the level of their hardship.

“These items will be useful to you and your immediate families during this difficult time and I urge you to be calm and keep the precautionary measures for your safety,” she said.

Mr Maduka Okeke, one of the beneficiaries, thanked Obiano for her kind gesture and prayed that God would continue to bless her and her husband.

Mrs Ifediogo Nwoye, a beneficiary of the palliative said that she was grateful to be among the beneficiary and appealed to Obiano not to relent in her charity work as God would continue to bless her.

News Agency of Nigeria , reports that Obiano had earlier given similar palliatives to the Association of Persons Living with Sickle Cell Disorder and Persons Living with HIV and AIDS.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN


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COVID-19: A’ Ibom Commissioner donates 355 bags of rice to physically challenged, others



Akwa Ibom Commissioner for Health, Dominic Ukpong, has donated 355 bags of rice to the physically challenged, village heads and others in Eket Local Government Area of the state.

Donating the food item in Eket on Wednesday, Ukpong, represented by his wife, Nelly, said that the gesture was to cushion the effects of COVID-19 lockdown on the people.

He said that the gesture was “a token” to the less privilege and vulnerable at a trying times such as this.

A total of 100 bags of rice were given to the village heads, 45 bags to the physically challenged and 20 bags each to 11 wards in the local government area.

“The food might not go round everybody but look for families in the villages that are the poorest of the poor.

“Ensure that it gets to the families that are really struggling to survive and that is the most important,” Ukpong said.

The commissioner stressed the importance of extending hands of fellowship to the people during the COVID-19 pandemic period.

He advised the people to adhere to the preventive tips or measures against the pandemic.

He commended Gov. Udom Emmanuel for having confidence in him and appointing him commissioner for health.

Receiving the item, Mr Kufre Ekpe, the Leader of Eket Legislature, thanked the commissioner for the palliative, describing it as “mother of all palliatives.”

“Since we started getting palliatives in Eket, this is the first time we are given 20 bags of rice per ward,” he said.

Ekpe prayed for God’s guidance and protection for the commissioner in all his endeavours.

He called on other stakeholders to emulate Ukpong in order to ameliorate the suffering of the people during the sit-at-home order by the state government.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Ejike Obeta (NAN)


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Lockdown: NGO urges A’Ibom govt. to consider physically challenged for palliatives



An NGO, Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) has appealed to Akwa Ibom Government to consider persons with disabilities in the distribution of palliatives during the lockdown.

The Executive Director, CCD, Mr David Anyaele, made the appeal in a statement made available to newsmen in Uyo on Thursday.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, had announced that plans were underway to provide relief materials to low income people to cushion effects of the lockdown.

According to Anyaele, the 14-day lockdown will affect persons with disabilities more than other persons.

He urged the governor to ensure safety and protection of persons with disabilities in accordance with the law.

The executive director said that the appeal became necessary as government had yet to sign the State Disability Law.

“This is to appeal to Akwa Ibom Governor, Mr Emmanuel Udom, not to leave persons with disabilities behind in the distribution of relief materials and palliatives to all villages.

“It is obvious that persons with disabilities are the worst affected as a result of the lockdown occasioned by the Coronavirus pandemic.

“As the government plans to send palliatives to all villages in Akwa Ibom to assist residents during the lockdown, we appeal that persons with disabilities are given priority in the distribution of relief materials,” Anyaele said.

He also called on the government to consult the organisations of persons with disabilities for support in the area of sign language interpretation.

The CCD boss added that there was need for the establishment of disability desk officers to enhance communication on coronavirus pandemic in the state.

He said that the CCD would be monitoring the extent of access and inclusion of Akwa Ibom persons with disabilities in the distribution of the relief materials.

“It is in our interest to document and disseminate findings to local and international organisations working on democratic governance.

“International development cooperation, human rights and disability issues with the view of attracting policy attention to the long-neglected issue on the rights of persons with disabilities,” Anyaele said.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Adeleye Ajayi

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Bauchi physically challenged women embrace child spacing



  Women with disabilities in Bauchi State, have accepted Child Birth Spacing (CBS), as the best option for the moral, educational, physical and healthy upbringing of a child.

Some of the women who spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of  Nigeria , on Friday in Bauchi, said CBS had helped them in keeping a healthy lifestyle, as well as for their babies.

Mrs Maryam Ibrahim, a mother of three said that CBS was the best option for a mother who intended to nurture her children to grow fit and healthy.

Ibrahim said that healthy children required quality time from their mothers during all stages of  growth and CBS was the method that provided such platform.

“I space my children three years in between; and i do that with the consent of my husband because we need the children to support each other now and in the future.

“As the mother, I feel stronger when I allow my body to rest for a period of three years  before planning for another baby.

“This is bearing in mind that one is physically challenged and needs assistance from other persons to take care of the home and the children; so if you do not space your children, you will suffer the consequences alone,” she said.

On her part, Mrs Haulatu Umar, said that health workers were doing a good job of educating pregnant women on CBS during antenatal clinics.

Umar, who gave birth to her first child recently, told NAN that she accepted the CBS method immediately after child birth to ensure that the baby was breastfed adequately as advised by health workers.

Also Mrs Maimuna Yusuf, another physically challenged, said that spacing her children would enable her train the children morally and  academically.

“I need someone to help me, even to carry my baggage or help in looking after the younger ones.

“So, I space my kids to give me the time to train each of them and allow them grow up to carry out simple tasks for both I and them, without being a burden to neighbours or the community,”she said.

Mrs Yelwa Shuaibu, Chairperson, Women Wing, Bauchi State Association of People with Disabilities,  said that members were attending antenatal clinics to access relevant information on reproductive health.

According to Shuaibu, this is in spite of the lack of friendly infrastructure for people with disabilities in some public offices.

She called on the state government to run an all inclusive government to ensure that people with disabilities were adequately represented in all sectors of governance.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore


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Court remands transporter for allegedly raping neighbour’s physically challenged daughter



An Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court on Thursday ordered that a 33-year-old transporter, Dare Oyekola, who allegedly raped his neighbour’s 20-year-old physically challenged daughter, be remanded in Ikoyi Custodial Centre.

The police charged Oyekola, who resides in Alakuko in Lagos, is with rape.

Chief Magistrate A. A. Fashola, did not take the plea of Oyekola, ordered the police to return the case file to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).

Fashola adjourned the case until April 29 for DPP advice.

Earlier, the Police Prosecutor, Sgt. Michael Unah, alleged that Oyekola lured the victim into a prayer room and raped her.

Unah told the court that Oyekola committed the offence on Feb. 4 about 1.40 p. m. at his residence.

The alleged, he said, contravened the provisions of Section 258 of the Criminal laws of Lagos State 2015, (revised).

Rape is punishable with life imprisonment for offenders.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza

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Educationist advocates friendly facilities for physically challenged persons in Sokoto



A Physically Challenged Person,  Mr Hudu Yusuf has urged  Sokoto State Government and other public  institutions to ensure provision of friendly facilities to improve the well being of persons with disabilities in the state.

Yusuf, who is the Vice-Principal (Administration), A. A. Raji Special School, Sokoto, made the appeal at  a stakeholders’ forum on tax and gender responsive public service, on Friday in Sokoto.

The Forum is part of a project tagged:“Tax Justice and Gender Responsive Public Service and Breaking Barriers”, jointly anchored  by two development organisations, Rural Women and Youth Development (RUWOYD) and ActionAid Nigeria.

It  was  organised under the support of  Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD).

Yusuf, a blind graduate of B.A. English, stressed the importance of supporting physically persons, noting that most of them have potential which if harness would contribute to rapid  societal progress.

He noted that physically challenged persons were faced with environmental, positive relationship, feeling of incompetence and  lack of opportunities to participate in  mutually beneficial activities.

“We face problem of isolation from society, in terms of infrastructure, transport and access to the physical environment and information,” he said.

Yusuf  stressed the  need for inclusion of  persons with disabilities and their respective  organisations in the decision-making process at all levels of government.

“ It is necessary to have favourable policies and allocate funds in order to let the disabled  move freely in the streets, get education and find employment ” Yusuf said.

According to him, 806 of the 4, 014 students population are physically challenged while 39 of the 105 teachers had special education skills in his school.

Yusuf explained that 8 indigenous physically challenged persons obtained degree certificates while several others possessed Ordinary National Diploma (OND) and Nigerian  Certificate in  Education (NCE) in the state,

He added that with genuine support from the right quarters more physically challenged persons could access higher education in the state.

The Vice Principal expressed dismay at the absence of data base for physically challenge persons in the state which, according to him, resulted to lack of  coordination of  their various programmes .

A SS 3 student of the school, Rashida Habibu, urged relevant authorities to redouble efforts at identifying  persons with disability  in the rural areas to enable them to acquire education and skills to learn trades and engage in productive activities.

Also speaking, Mr Sa’adu Labbo, the Social Director in Sokoto State Ministry of Social Welfare, said the ministry had recorded 42, 000 physically challenged persons during the 2015 census in the state.

Labbo revealed that the state House of Assembly was working  on a legislation that will protect and defend disability rights, discourage discrimination and stigmatisation of physically challenged persons.

He expressed optimism that when implemented the law would provide enabling environment for them to realise their potential as well as improve their social and economic well being.

In a remark, Mr Joseph Julius, Programme Facitilitator, said the aimed at enhancing children access especially girls and marginalised children free, quality and inclusive education.

Julius said the effort is geared towards ensuring that government increases the size of national budget by raising fair tax particularly corporate tax.

Nigeria News Agency reports that an action committee was constituted under the leadership of District Head of Gagi, Sani Jabbi on the empowerment of physically challenged persons in the state.

The participants further called on state government to establish more inclusive  schools and enhance support to physically challenged persons through school enrollment, infrastructure modification and awareness creation on their rights and social status.

Edited By: Shittu Obassa/Rabiu Sani Ali

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