WDD: Group Organises Seminar To Sensitise On Disability Law
Hope for the Village Child Foundation (HVCF), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), in collaboration with TLM/Liliane fond, has organised a seminar to interpret a recently-passed state law as the way forward for people living with disability in Kaduna state.
Organised as part of activities marking the world disability day, the disability bill was recently passed by the state house of assembly and assented to by the Executive Governor of the state, Malam Nasir El-Rufai.
In an interview shortly after the programme, Deputy Director of (HVCF), Sister Juliana Ekwanya, called on people with disability to be proud of who they were as God’s special creation.
She said they should find joy in using some of their God given talent to make a difference in the society.
“They should not live in pity or see themselves as people that are not loved by God , he has created everyone uniquely, “she said.
She noted that they should see the avenue presented to them to develop themselves and also feel comfortable where they find themselves.
According to her, HVCF was working toward giving hope to those who, the world saw as nothing good can come out of them.
On his part, HVCF head of unit, special needs, Mr Michael Ogundele, said the programme was organised to commemorate the World disability day and to also interpret the Kaduna disability law and how to access it.
He said the disability bill had been passed into law, and yet PLWDs found it difficult to access it due to lack of knowledge of what the law stood for.
“We take it upon ourselves to break it down and what they should do, and also to interpret to the level they can understand , if anything happens to them and where they should go to get their rights”, he said.
Barr Grace Auta, while calling on the PLWDs not to lose hope, irrespective of challenges they faced, said that with the passage of the law there was succour for them.
She added that so many of their rights that had been violated would be addressed, adding that society also needed enlightenment on how to treat people living with disability .
Auta also noted that while there were so many complaints from the PLWDs on how they were being unfairly treated in the society, the law sought to address their major challenges through the state disability Board.
“To collaborate with relevant ministries and parastatals or corporate bodies for the issuance of directives in designing buildings to make it accessible and usable to PLWDs.
She said the disability board would be saddled with the responsibility to investigate and make necessary referrals to relevant authorities for sanction or enforcement .
According to her, the board would also perform other functions as maybe necessary to uplift the general standard of PLWDs and effective implementation of the law.
Stakeholder Wants Govt, Community Leaders To Invest In Sports
The State Nursery and Primary School II, Mgbuanyim, Elele in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State held its eighth Inter House Sports School competitions last Saturday.
Speaking at the event, Chairman of the occasion, Hon. Innocent Worisah, called on both governments and community leaders to invest more in sports as it would help to boost the economy of the State.
Worisah said this at the annual inter house sports Competition of the school, saying that appropriate sporting facilities should be provided to all schools in the State and that would discover talents like Austin J. J Okocha and the rest.
“To me sports remains the only avenue that brings youths together, and promotes peace and unity among them. I urge Government at all levels and community leaders to join hands and build a better society through sports.
“I commend the headmaster of the school and his team for ensuring that the competition was a success” Hon. Worisah said.
Also speaking, the Education Authority Desk Officer in the LGA, Solomon Umeto also called on Government, mostly the LGA Chairmen to pay more attention to sports development at the grassroots level.
“It is obvious that sporting activities reduce youth restiveness and nefarious activities, investment in sports can create million jobs for the teeming youths who are desirous to do sports”, Umeto said.
By: Tonye Orabere
NSCDC Commissions New Commands In Kebbi, Sokoto
Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has set up new command posts in Kebbi and Sokoto States to boost staff performance, security and better protect critical national infrastructure in the states.
Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, who commissioned the two commands, said Federal Government would not relent in ensuring the protection of citizens at all times by providing the necessary supports, and logistics needed to maintain the current tempo of development to ensure effective discharge of the Corps core mandates
Represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr Shuaib Belgore, Aregbesola stated that the Federal Government was dedicated to continuously support the Corps to enhance performance and boost national security.
According to a statement signed by the agency’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Olusola Odumosu, the minister also tasked personnel in the two states to live up to the mandate of the agency and exhibit the highest level of discipline in their conduct.
He further charged the personnel to “abstain from rancor and unnecessary rivalry and ensure effective synergy with military and all other law enforcement agencies”.
Aregbesola commended the leadership of the Corps for the tremendous transformation witnessed within the last two years as he further attributed it to the doggedness, determination, pragmatic approach and readiness of personnel to impact positively on the nation’s security.
Present at the event were governors of the two states; Atiku Bagudu of and Aminu Tambuwal who were both represented.
NAWOJ Partners FH1360 To Boost Maternal, Infant Nutrition
The Nigerian Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Lagos State Chapter, in collaboration with FH1360/Alive and Thrive Project hosted an interactive media round table aimed at promoting maternal, infant and young child nutrition, with an intervention of reducing the total number of anemia and all deficiencies related to mother and child.
Chairperson, NAWOJ, Lagos State, Adeola Ekine, said the initiative was focused on improved reporting of maternal nutrition coverage in journalism.
She added that the annual event provides insight on illnesses affecting children and mothers and their possible solutions
The Lagos State team Lead, Alive and Thrive, Olawunmi Ajayi, who spoke extensively on Maternal, Infant and young child nutrition (MIYCN), noted that Nigeria loses about 2313 children daily translating to 844,321, children death annually, half of which are due to malnutrition.
“You don’t have to spend a lot on trying to impress people about your feeding habit you just have to make sure you are providing and feeding a well-balanced diet.
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