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Conjoined twins get relief for surgery abroad

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Conjoined twins get relief for surgery abroad
By John Akubo, Lokoja
It was a dream come true for parents of ‎six months old female

Kogi State SSG Ayoade Folashade Arike with the conjoined twins

Kogi State SSG Ayoade Folashade Arike with the conjoined twins

conjoined twins, Miracle and Testimony Ayeni, who are joined at the buttocks,‎ when a non-governmental organization, Linking Hands Foundation, drew the attention of Kogi State to their plight.
The helpless parents could not believe their predicament could be taken care of in one fell swoop, as help began to knock on their doors from unexpected places.
With the downturn in the economy, it was like a nightmare for the Ayenis how they would be able to foot the medical bills until the NGO became the catalyst that was needed to open the doors of blessings for them. Though resident in Enugu State, the NGO thought it wise to contact the state government of the Ayenis’ state of origin and it paid off.
Being one of the promises of Governor Yahaya Bello at his inauguration to ensure citizens in diasporas and the state feel the impact of his administration, he immediately approved the donation of N3 million to parents of the co-joined twins to assist them for the operation of the babies, which is to be conducted at a hospital in America this month.
Secretary to the state government, Mrs. Ayoade Folashade Arike, who disclosed this yesterday, noted that their attention were recently drawn to the predicament of the parents whom she said hailed from Odoere in Yagba West Local Council of the state.
“We recently received a call from Linking Hands Foundation that there are these conjoined twins in Enugu and that they needed government’s assistance because the twins need to be separated and the parents don’t have the means. I told her to send me the brief about the children and she forwarded their medical reports to me and I made a case for them before Governor Yahaya Bello and his wife, Mrs. Rashida Bello that the twins needed surgery abroad.
“I told the NGO representative, Mrs. Efe Farinre, to send me the financial implications for the surgery abroad and we discovered that it was enormous. The NGO took a step further by contacting a particular hospital in the US if they could perform the surgery on charity grounds. She disclosed that the hospital graciously agreed to do the surgery free of charge.
“We were now looking at how they would go abroad and where to stay; we went back to the First Lady to see how we could be of help. She made an application to that effect and Governor Bello in his compassionate nature approved the donation of N3 million for traveling expenses and upkeep of the twins.”
According to her, an account has been opened in the names of the conjoined twins where the donation would be paid to. She informed that the same US hospital has offered to provide free accommodation to the parents for the period the surgery would last, adding that Arik Airline had equally obliged to transport the conjoined twins and their parents to America free.

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Humanitarian Minister makes case for compliance with building accessibility law 

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The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has made a strong case for the law that makes it mandatory for public buildings to be made accessible to People living with disability is complied with.

The minister spoke on Tuesday during a press briefing at the Nigerian Army Resource center in Abuja while commemorating this years International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWDs) in the country. 

She said, “The issue of accessibility for people living with disability has now become a law. It is in the act itself that public and private buildings take into cognisance the issue of accessibility for the People living with Disability (PLWD) 
“For us in the ministry we are doing everything possible to ensure that this law is adhered to. We have written to the Federal ministry of works and Housing to that effect and we are to hold a meeting with the Honorable minister on this issue. “We have also written to the ministry of Labour and Employment, Civil service commission, all these efforts geared towards ensuring that the issues concerning accessibility, concerning their rights employment and other issues are adhered to. 

“So it is work in progress, we are working on it. The Good thing is that It has now become a law and we will try as much as possible that the law comes into effect going forward.”
She said the theme for this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities is “Building Back better: Toward a disability- Inclusive, Accessible and Sustainable post covid-19 world”. 
“This theme is focused on ensuring that Persons with Disabilities are equipped and empowered for inclusive, accessible and sustainable development as is envisaged in the Covid-19 world.”
She said the 3rd of December every year has been proclaimed by the United Nations as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, following the United Nation General Assembly Resolution 47/3 of 1992. 
“The day is intended to prompt member States and other disability stakeholders to focus on issues relating to total inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), raise awareness on them and awakening the consciousness of all member States toward encouraging and promoting activities that will bring issues of disability in the front burner in both national and international circles, as well as celebrating Persons with Disabilities.”

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2020 IDPWDs: Humanitarian Ministry also donates items to vulnerable In the Church

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The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, has donated items to the vulnerable in the church to mark the 2020 International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWDS).
This was coming just as similar gesture was to the vulnerables in the Mosque earlier to mark the same celebration by the ministry.
The items were presented to the Church by the Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, at the St Mathew Anglican Church, Gwarimpa Abuja.
The Minister through her Representative, Director Special Needs of the Ministry, Mrs. Onwukwue Nkechi Florence said IDPWDs is marked December 3rd every year and the Federal Government, stakeholders and the church are doing so much to remember Persons with Disabilities.
Continuing, the Minister said the church service was organised to pray for the vulnerable in the society and the Ministry and it’s Agencies for God’s grace to achieve the mandate of the Ministry.
The items include: 5 bags of 50kg of rice, 5 cartons of peak milk, clothes and 20 pieces of wrappers.
Earlier, the Vicar of Saint Mathew Anglican Church, Ven. Andrus Ukaejiofo, appreciated the Ministry for the items given to the vulnerable in the Church. He offered prayers for the vulnerable as well as the Management and staff of the Ministry.
The IDPWDs is an annual global event marked every December 3rd, to promote the rights and well-being of the Persons with Disabilities.
To commemorate the 2020 IDPWDs, the activities earmarked to celebrate the Day include Jumat Prayers and Sunday Service, Press Briefing by the Honourable Minister and the Grand Finale.
 
 

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#ENDSARS: Association appeals to FG, states to compensate affected traders

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#ENDSARS: Association appeals to FG, states to compensate affected traders

By Mustapha Sumaila

The Market Traders Association of Nigeria (MATAN) has appealed to Federal and State Governments to compensate traders whose businesses were affected during the EndSARS protest across the country.

The newly elected president of the association, Alhaji Jamilu Abbas made the appeal at the inauguration ceremony of the new executive in Abuja on Sunday.

Abbas said it was a tough time for his members over the unfortunate incident of EndSARS protest that was hijacked by hoodlums which caused destruction of properties of many traders.

He noted that paying them adequate compensation for the loss would help their businesses bounce back and in turn boost the economy of the country.

“I will like to reflect on the unfortunate incident which led to the loss of lives and properties of our members especially those in the southern part of the country.

“It is sad and so unfortunate for this kind of barbaric act to happen in this country for whatever reason. We do hope both Federal and State Governments will pay adequate compensation to the affected individuals.

“We also need to commend the effort of the Northern leaders and youth for their peaceful disposition as their conduct prevented reprisal attack in the region” he said.

Abbas commended the effort of President Muhammadu Buhar’s led administration for initiating various social economic intervention programmes.

He however decried that only few of his members could benefit and then appealed to Federal Government to provide more intervention for his members.

The president reiterated his commitment and determination to work with government agencies concern to ensure that more of his members benefit from intervention programmes.

He pledged to run an open door policy and work to justify the confidence reposed on him by members of the association across the country.

Abbas said in ensuring to make the association a data based, MATAN had commenced biometric registration of all its members.

The new executive officers inaugurated were, Alhaji Muhammad-Sani Kari as Deputy President North while Mrs Ebele Okafor would serve as Deputy President South and Mr Olakunle Johnson as National Secretary.

Others are Muhammad Labaran Abdulrahman as National Tresurer, Dr Sadiq Umar Awwal National Publicity Secretary  and  Alhaji Abubakar Sokoto was also inaugurated as Assistant National Secretary among others. NAN

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