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Disability Commission demands streamlining of PLWDS in Governance

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The Executive Secretary of the federal commission for persons with disabilities (FCPWD), James Lalu has called on Governments at all levels to streamline the inclusion of persons with disability in governance.
He made  the call while speaking at the occasion to mark this year’s International day for persons with disability with a theme titled ”Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19.Lalu said the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed  Nigerians living with disabilities to more tasking challenges.
He listed some of the challenges to include difficulty in accessing public facilities like schools, train stations, airports and the neglect of persons with disabilities.
Lalu also observed that people with disabilities can contribute to the growth of the economy if given the audience and included in the governance of the nation.He urged Nigerians to stop the discrimination against the people living with disablilities as they equally have a say in the society.

Earlier at the occasion,  the minister of humanitarian affairs and disaster management, Sadiya Farouk represented by the director, special needs in the ministry, Mrs. Nkechi Onwukwe expressed confidence in the ability of the Executive secretary of the Commission to successfully manage the affairs of the new organization which is under the ministry of humanitarian affairs.
She said the creation of the disability commission will ensure that issues affecting persons living with disabilities will now be included in every policy of government.In a related issue, the Instructor and Trainer in Armed Forces Electrical Mechanical Engineering  (AFEME) Mechatronics School, Mr Adamu Alexander has described as discrimination, anti social and intimidation for building and establisilning separate schools for People Living with Disabilities (PWDs) in Nigeria.
Alexander who spoke at the event said it is high time for the federal government and individuals to established inclusive Technical Vocational Education Training Schools (TVETS) across Nigeria for PWDs and non PWDs to co-exists as provided in the disability law.Quoting from the disability law and policy, that says any public or private school that have no environmental plan or reject PWDs would be sued, faced  imprisonment or an option of fine.
He noted that PWDs constitutes 15% population of Nigeria citizenry which he said is at the high alert.He added that the PLWDs are no longer people to be pited or feel sorry for but are capable to work, to be educated and to learn other vocations to help the country and society at large if the leaders provide inclusiveness in every aspect of their development.

Also speaking at the celebration,  the Project Manager of Sight Saver, Mr. Rasak Adekoya requested that the Executive Secretary of the newly created National Commission for Persons with Disabilities, Mr James Lalu ensure that 30% of all inclusive procurement will go to PWDs entrepreneur like Kenya is committed.

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Spare Old Okene Sec. School, Alumni Association begs Bello

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Spare Old Okene Sec. School, Alumni Association begs Bello

By Friday Idachaba

The Okene Secondary School Old Students Association has appealed to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State to spare the school as one of the legacy colleges of old Northern Nigerian Government rather than cede it to the military for use as Barracks.

The Alumni association made the appeal in a statement issued by its national President, Abubakar Abdulsalam to newsmen on Thursday in Lokoja.

The association said the school, formerly known as Okene Teachers College before it transmuted to a secondary school in 1970 had produced a lot of great Nigerians in all fields of human endeavour.

“There is no doubt that the institution has produced a lot of alumni and former employees, who are doing it proud in several areas both at home and abroad” the statement said.

“One of such was the late Alhaji Bello Ipemida Ochi (the father of His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello) may his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.

“Many God reward him for his love for the children of other parents he laboured to cater for while in the school as an employee, Amen.

“The school where Pa Bello’s humane attributes were exhibited and remembered might no longer exist as it is currently being proposed to be a military barracks.

“We wish to use this medium to appeal to you to use your good offices to ensure that the school is spared and retained so that it can continue to turn out quality products with legacies as an institution of repute.”, the alumni added.

The association used the occasion to thank Gov. Bello for the appointment of Prof. Salawu Sadiku, an old student of the school, as pioneer Vice-Chancellor of Confluence University of Science and Technology (CUSTECH), Osara in the Central Senatorial District of Kogi.

“We, the entire old students of OSS, Okene worldwide, wish to express our profound gratitude and appreciation to the Executive Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello for appointing one of us, Prof. Salawu Sadiku as the pioneer Vice-Chancellor of CUSTECH, Osara.”

The alumni described the appointment as a good one saying that the appointee was eminently qualified academically and had over the years, garnered the necessary cognate experience for the task ahead.

“We thank you for providing us the opportunity to showcase the stuff the products of the great Iresu-pogo College are made of through the appointment of Prof. Sadiku.

“We the old students pledge to collaborate with the government to turn around the fortunes of the school and continue to make it a centre of excellence that it has always been known for”, the alumni pledged. (NAN)

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Major shakeup in Army as it redeploys 1,546 officers

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Major shakeup in Army as it redeploys 1,546 officers

In a major shake up in the Nigerian Army heirhachy the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai has redeployed a total of 1,546 officers.
Those affected includes 210 generals, 450 Colonels, 309 Majors, 251 Captains and 322 Lieutenants.
This is coming against the backdrop of the agitation by Nigerians including the National Assembly for President Muhammadu Buhari to replace the service Chiefs, who have exceeded their stay in office.
According to the statement signed by Major-General GAT Ochigbano, all affected officers must take over from the effective dates.
“It is the responsibility of all formation/unit commanders whose officers are affected by this posting to implement accordingly,” the statement read.
“Officers must take over on the effective dates indicated. Formation/unit commanders are to take immediate administration action on any officer who fails to report on effective date of posting.
“Commanders will also be held for lapses in the implementation of the directives contained therein. Please acknowledge.”
Also affected in the redeployment is Major-General PI Eze, who was appointed Operation Lafiya Dole Theatre Land Component Commander in the North East region.

According to the new postings, Maj.-Gen. FO Agugo, from the Headquarters, Nigerian Army Signals Corps, Apapa, Lagos, has been moved to Defence Headquarters, as Chief of Defence Communications.
Similarly, Maj.-Gen. M. Mohammed was moved from the Nigerian Army Resource Center, Abuja, to Pronto Tech Nigeria Limited as Managing Director, while Maj.-Gen. AR Owolabi was moved from Defence Headquarters, Department of Communications, to Headquarters, Nigerian Army Signals Corps as Commander.
Major General Aminu Bande, was appointed substantive General Officer Commanding (GOC) 8 Division Sokoto, while Maj.-Gen. IM Jallo was also confirmed as the GOC 6 Division, Port Harcourt.
Other appointments, according to the statement, included the redeployment of Maj.-Gen. E Akerejola to the Nigerian Army School of Supply and Transport, Benin, as Commandant, while Maj-Gen. UM Mohammed, remained in the Office of the Chief of Army Staff as Special Adviser Nigerian Army University, Biu, and Vice Chairman, Nigerian Army Property Limited.
Maj.-Gen. Hussein Ahmed was confirmed as Provost Marshal and Maj.-Gen. AbdulKhalifa Ibrahim, as substantive GOC 7 Division/Commander, Sector 1 Operation Lafiya Dole, Maiduguri.
All the postings and appointments are to take effect from January 18.

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Disability commission honors senator Izunaso with award of excellence

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Disability commission honors senator Izunaso with award of excellence

The Executive Secretary/ Board Members of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities have conferred an award of excellence on senator Osita Izunaso, CEO Kpakpando foundation.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Public relations officer of the commission Dooshima Pius Ikerave.
The award the statement said is in recognition of his advocacy in the struggle for the passage and establishment of National Commission for Persons with Disabilities.

“On behalf of the Entire Disability Community we present this award of Excellence to distinguished senator Osita to appreciate his unrelenting, unending spirit of support towards the Disability Community at large.

“His commitment, passion and love for the community of persons with disabilities is never in doubt, as such it is our desire to improve on our existing partnership in serving persons with disabilities in Nigeria.”

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