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FG will do the needful to stop Stignatization against persons living with disabilities says Humanitarian ministry

The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has reiterated its determination to stamp out all forms of stigmatisation against deaf persons and people living with disabilities.
The minister Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouk who spoke at a press conference to mark the International Day of Sign Languages as well as the International Week of the Deaf at her office in Abuja said the ministry will continue to work with the deaf and all persons with disabilities to ensure their rights, inclusion and participation in the society are given utmost priority. 
According to her, “I is in realization of this, that we have been in the forefront to ensure the Nigeria Disability Commission is established and function to assuage the yearning and aspirations of all persons with disabilities in Nigeria.
She gave the assurance that the Federal Government through the Ministry will leave no stone unturned to ensure that all persons with disabilities in Nigeria are carried along in governance by removing all barriers that hitherto, posed as hindrance for effective functioning of such persons.
“Today is a remarkable day, once again reaffirming the rights of the deaf and the promotion of their language, I enjoined all to join in the celebration and learn to sign, so communication can be made easier for our brothers and sisters who are deaf.
Thank you and God bless us all.

“The celebration of International Day of Sign Languages arose from the Resolution A/RES/72/161 of the United Nations which adopted in 2017 and recognized 23rd September as the International Day of Sign Languages.
“The International Day of Sign Languages is celebrated every year since 2017 alongside International Week of the Deaf (IWD) which is 21st to 26th September, 2020.
“The theme for this year is “Reaffirming Deaf People’s Human Rights” for the International Week of the Deaf and “Sign Languages are for Everyone” for the International Day of Sign Languages.”
She pointed out that the celebration among others is to promote linguistic identity and culture of Deaf people all over the world.
“This year’s theme therefore, is very apt and we join the Nigeria National Association and the World Federation to re-emphasize this rights and to say Nigeria Sign Language is for everyone.”
Secretary general of the National Association of the Deaf Chidi Topaz Olujie said the challenge of stigmatization and exclusion has been their major set back in actualising their dreams as anywhere they go they are being sympathized with as if they needed help.
“No we have the right to do everything including their ability to contribute their own quota to the economic development of the country because like every other human beings we have skills.
He said without the sign language communition everything would be difficult for them saying that is why they are celebrating the International Day of Sign Languages as well as the International Week of the Deaf.
This is to make everyone know that deaf people have skills, deaf people can work as they are graduates with certificates with which they can contribute to national economic development.
He said through Sign language there will be collaboration among them and they would not be excluded.
“hat is why we have a one week every year to celebrate to bring make people aware of deaf persons.”
He appreciated the minister for the opportunity to celebrate.

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SMA to Chair Investiture ceremony of New ICAN District Society Chairman

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Member Representing Bida/Gbako/Katcha Federal Constituency, Niger State in the House of Representatives, Hon. Saidu Musa Abdullahi (SMA) is billed to chair the Investiture ceremony of Mallam Yahaya Zakari as the new Chairman of Minna and District Society of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (ICAN).

This was communicated through a letter to Hon Abdul requesting him to Chair the ocasion that will take place on Thursday, December 10, 2020 by 11:00am prompt at Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi International Conference Centre, Minna, Niger State.

Mallam Zakari, who is the immediate past Director of Bida Campus of the Niger State Polytechnic, was recently elected as the Chairman of Minna and District Society of ICAN, Niger State.

When it was more rewarding to work with Federal Government, the Lavun born Chartered Accountant, Mallam Zakari Yahaya resigned his service as a Lecturer from the Federal Polytechnic, Bida and joined Niger State Polytechnic in order to champion the accreditation of its Accountancy Department by National Board for Technical Education(NBTE).

Hon Abdullahi who is a graduate of Economist from the prestigious Sir Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, holds a Masters of Science in Development Studies.
The reps member is the Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Finance and a strong Member of House Committees on Public Petition; Banking & Currency; Insurance & Acturial Matters; FCT; Agric Colleges & Institutions; and Interpaliamentary Affairs of the ninth Assembly. The Lawmaker had worked in three critical sectors of Nigerian economy i.e. Oil & Gas; Banking and Construction before venturung into politics fully.

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Professor Yakubu gets senate’s confirmation as INEC chairman for another 5 years

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Professor Yakubu gets senate’s confirmation as INEC chairman for another 5 years

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed the nomination of Prof Mahmood Yakubu for appointment as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for another five years.
Yakubu was first appointed as INEC chair on October 21, 2015, by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He was reappointed after his first tenure  came to an end in October this year.
His confirmation followed the consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on INEC, chaired by Senator Kabiru Gaya (APC, Kano).

Senator Gaya, while presenting the committee’s report, said the nominee possessed the requisite qualifications for the INEC top job and therefore recommended his confirmation.
Opposition PDPsenators, who spoke after the presentation of the report, backed Yakubu’s nomination, saying that he’s unbiased and apolitical.
Senate Minority leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe commended Yakubu for the technological innovations he introduced at INEC, especially the transmission of election results to the central portal from polling units.
He’s moving in the right direction and we should give him the necessary support, said Senator Sandy Onor (PDP, Cross River).
Senate President Ahmad Lawan congratulated the nominee and wished him success in his second term.

Prof Yakubu had, during his screening last week, challenged the National Assembly to expeditiously consider and pass the electoral act to ensure seamless 2023 election.
According to him, the ammended electoral framework was germane to the conduct of 2023 general elections.
“We would like to see a situation where the electoral ammendment is expeditiously considered and passed and I am confident that this is going to be done.”
He said elections cannot be conducted in an atmosphere of uncertainty, adding that work on the electoral framework has to be finalized before 2023 elections would be conducted.

“I want to appeal to the Senate to please expedite work on the Electoral Act so that we can conduct elections in an atmosphere of certainty,” he said.
He said when the commission met with members of the Senate and House committees on the electoral matter in Lagos, the had extensive interaction where they submitted 78 areas of electoral ammendments adding that he also forwarded additional 13 areas of ammendment to the two committees.
“The earlier that is done the better for us. There is no way we can conduct election successfully without uncertainty unless the electoral legal framework id finalised for us to deploy our regulations and guidelines for the election.
“We have to develop the regulations and guidelines for the election for us to produce manuals for the training of adhoc staff, So it is critical.”
When asked what INEC would do differently he said

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FG priortises exited N-POWER benefitiaries for CBN empowerment

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FG priortises exited N-POWER benefitiaries for CBN empowerment

The Federal Governmemt has offered previledge opportunity for the exited N-POWER benefitiaries as it has createda Portal that will enable  them to apply for Central Bank of Nigeria Empowerment Options.

The Portal has been launched by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

In a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Bashir Nura Alkali the Honourable Minister Sadiya Umar Farouq urged and encouraged interested Exited Beneficiaries of N- Power to log on to the portal and provide the required additional information for possible placements into the various CBN intervention options.

According to the statement, the platform which was developed in collaboration with the CBN will enable Exited N-Power Beneficiaries to log in and apply for the various economic, empowerment and entrepreneurship options provided by the CBN.

The Minister also emphasized that the NEXIT PORTAL will determine the suitability of the beneficiaries for the CBN affiliated programs.

“The NEXIT portal is to determine the suitability of the beneficiaries for the CBN affiliated programs and is dependent on meeting the criteria and conditions set by the CBN for the said programs”.

The Minister expressed her deep appreciation to the CBN Governor Mr Godwin Emefiele CON for his support adding that the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs remained committed to the vision of Mr President to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years.
Minister Umar Farouq pledged the Ministry’s willingness to collaborate with relevant agencies of government and other stakeholders towards the realization of that vision and congratulated the exited beneficiaries while wishing them well in their future endeavours.

“The Federal Government of Nigeria is very proud of the milestones you have achieved during your period of service to the nation. As we prepare to exit into prospective endeavors, we are confident that you will be able to channel all you have learnt over the years into successful ventures that will improve the economy of the country and create further opportunities for you and other citizens.
“Chasing a dream requires effort, passion and hard work which you are now halfway through. I congratulate you and wish you a very successful future”.

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