Humanitarian minister announces take off of National Disability commission
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq, has announced the take off the National Disability Commission.
This followed the approval of the appointment of the Executive Members of the Commission by Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Monday 24th of August 2020.
In a statement signed by Special Adviser on Strategic Communications to the minister, Halima Oyelade
in Abuja on the 24th of August 2020, the Minister said since her appointment in 2019 she had maintained her commitment to following up to ensure the take-off of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities.
According to her, ‘’Today is a very happy and fulfilling day for me as one of the vulnerable groups that are close to my heart finally have a Commission and Executives in place.
“Those that will cater t for their needs, protect their rights and provide an enabling environment for them to maximize their potentials, thrive and contribute valuably to the society and the Nation as a whole.”
Sadiya Umar Farouq thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for accenting to the Discrimination Against Persons with Disability (Prohibition) Act, 2019 last year which provides for the establishment of the Commission.
She noted that, “By approving the appointment of the Executive Secretary, Chairman and members of the Council of the Commission the president has once again, proven his commitment and desire to improving the quality of life of vulnerable groups in Nigeria and ensure they enjoy their full rights and privileges as citizens of Nigeria’’.
She congratulated the over 30 million Persons Living with Disabilities in Nigeria on the giant milestone.
She charged them to maximize the platform that has been provided for them. ‘’I congratulate our brothers and sisters living with disabilities in Nigeria for the realization of this worthy dream and encourage you to make use of the opportunity this Commission provides you to be united in the pursuit of your dreams of social inclusion’’ the Minister stated.
The Minister also congratulated the appointed executives and charged the Chairman and members of Council as well as the Executive Secretary to carry out their responsibilities with due diligence and to the best of their ability.
She said, “I congratulate you heartily and urge you to consider it a privilege to serve as the first executives of this Commission and therefore put in your best to lay a solid foundation for the Commission bearing in mind that the well being of over 30 million persons living with disabilities in Nigeria largely depends on your actions and the way you discharge your duty’’.
Once the Senate confirms the appointments, the Commission will take-off accordingly.
‘’The functions of the Commission include; the formulation and implementation of policies and guidelines as appropriate for the education and social development of persons with disabilities.
She said they are also to prepare the schemes designed to promote social welfare of persons with disabilities, promoting and uplifting their general well being by encouraging the public to change their negative attitude towards them.’’ The Minister concluded.
CSDP winds down after completion of 16,166 micro projects in 29 States
The Community and Social Development Project CSDP has officially been concluded with over 11 million direct beneficiaries across the 29 states and an estimated 25 million indirect beneficiaries.
The eleven year old programme was launched in 2009 for the implementation of the Social Protection Programmes of the Federal Government through the National Social Safety Nets Coordinating Office (NASSCO).
The special adviser on Media to the minister of Humanitarian Affairs Social Development and Disaster Management Nnaka Ikem Anibeze said it is now being supervised by the Ministry.
She quoted the Minister, Sadiya Umar Farouq who officially closed the program at the Nicon Luxury Hotel in Abuja on Tuesday, saying that the CSDP operated with the core principle of Community Driven Development (CDD) Approach.
“This is a development paradigm that focuses on the needs of the poor and vulnerable and empowering them with development resources to address their peculiar needs.
“Using this unique approach, the CSDP has implemented micro projects in poor communities across the 543 Local Government Areas of 29 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
“The poor communities are identified specifically through the use of Poverty Maps agreed to by each participating State and FCT.
“The Project has made substantial impact on improving access for the poor and vulnerable to social and natural resources infrastructure
across the benefitting communities”.
“During its over 11-year span, CSDP successfully completed 16,166 micro-projects in 5,664 communities and 934 vulnerable groups.These micro-projects cut across eight sectors of intervention namely education, health, water, transportation, electrification, socio-economic, environment and community housing. In addition, 5,764 classrooms, 1,323 health centres and 4,442 water micro projects were constructed and/or rehabilitated.
Minister Umar Farouq also thanked the World Bank and the state governments who contributed and participated in the project.
“What we are therefore celebrating today is the closure of the CSDP with clear records of impacting the poor and vulnerable communities and groups across the country”.
In his goodwill message, the Governor of Ekiti state Dr Kayode Fayemi spoke on the topic ‘Repositioning Nigeria for Greatness and Development: The Imperatives of Community Driven Development.
He described CSDP as one of the most impactful development projects of the World Bank and a great legacy.
Awards were given to Minister Sadiya Umar Farouq and Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning Prince Clem Agba as Chief Promoters and Champions of Community Driven Development in Nigeria while the World Bank Country Director, Mr Shubham Chaudhuri and Professor Foluso Okunmadewa, World Bank Team Task Leader of CSDP received Lifetime Awards of Excellence in the Fight to End Poverty among the Rural Poor.
Bauchi emerged winner of the State Agency with the Highest Number of Completed Micro Projects of 916, while Cross River state won the State Government with the Highest Amount of Government Contribution award with a total of N1, 646, 835, 451.71.
Best State Government on Replication of CDD using Government Resources went to Plateau state.
Senate okays Maj. Gen Yahaya as substantive COAS
The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Major General Farouk Yahaya as substantive Chief of Army Staff.
The confirmation came after consideration of the report of the joint Committee on Defence and Army which was laid by the joint chairman, Senator Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto North) during plenary.
Wamakko had indicated that the joint committees found Maj. Gen Yahaya worthy of the appointment considering his pedigree in the Nigerian Army and experience in tackling insurgency in the country.
The chairman, Committee on Army, Ali Ndume (Borno North) also said during the screening exercise, almost all members of the committee were present though the exercise was done behind close doors due the sensitivity of the screening.
Senator Gabriel Suswam (Benue West) said Maj. Gen Yahaya”s appointment is justified because he knows a lot about how to handle terrorism and insurgency.
“I believed that once he is confirmed ,he would be able to tackle the problems of terrorism and insurgency “, said Suswam.
Senate President, Ahmad Lawan commended members of the two committee’s to the screening exercise. He said this shows how dedicated and committed they are to national security.
Lawan called for the support by everu citizenr and other sectors in the country against insecurity as the military alone cannot solve the security challenges
President Muhammadu Buhari had on June 3 forwarded to the Senate, a request for the confirmation of Maj. Gen.. Yahaya as Chief ofArmy Staff.
Buhari in the letter said Yahaya’s appointment was in compliance with the provisions of Section 18 subsection 1 of the Armed Forces Act 2004.
The letter reads in part: “In compliance with the provisions of section 18(1) of the Armed Forces Act Cap A20 laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, I hereby forward for confirmation by the Senate, the appointment of Major General Farouk Yahaya as the Chief of Army Staff of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“His CV is herewith attached. It is my hope that the Senate will consider and confirm the nominee in the usual expeditious manner.”
The new nominee took over from former Chief of Army Staff, Major General Attahiru Ibrahim, who died in a plane crash near the Kaduna International Airport about two weeks ago.
The new Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Faruk Yahaya was born on January 5,1966 in Sifawa, Bodinga Local Government Area of Sokoto state. Maj Gen Yahaya who is a member of the 37 Regular Course of the prestigious Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), started his cadet training on September 27, 1985 and was commissioned into the Nigerian Army Infantry Corps on September 22, 1990.
Maj Gen Yahaya has held several appointments including Staff, Instructional and Command.
Notable among the appointments held by the new COAS are Garrison Commander Headquarters Guards Brigade, Directing Staff at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Deputy Director Army Headquarters Department of Military Secretary, Deputy Director Army Research and Development and the Chief of Staff, Headquarters Joint Task Force Operation Pulo Shield.
He also served as the Principal General Staff Officer (PGSO) to the Honourable Minister of Defence, the Commander, Headquarters 4 Brigade and 29 Task Force Brigade (Operation Zaman Lafiya). He was also Director Manpower at the Army Headquarters, Military Secretary, Army Headquarters and General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division of the Nigerian Army.
Until his appointment as the COAS, Maj Gen Faruk Yahaya was the Theatre Commander Operation HADIN KAI, responsible for Counter Terrorism and Counter Insurgency operations in North East Nigeria.
Disability commission moves to ensure 5% employment for PLWDs at Federal, State levels
The executive secretary, National Commission for Persons With Disabilities (NCPWD) Mr. James David Lalu has convened a Multi Sectoral Stakeholders Meeting on vacancies for replacement/employment of at least 5% for Persons With Disabilities.
The meeting also worked out a modalities for the constitution of a National Technical Working Group on access to employment for Persons Wth Disabilities across the six geopolitical zones.
They brainstormed on the development of an action plan for engaging State Governments on the implementation of signing the disability act into law to facilitate employment of Persons with Disabilities into the mainstream Civil and Public Service.
The stakeholders meeting brought together Members of the National Assembly, Federal Civil Service Commission, Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Office of the Secretary to the Government of Federation, Sight Savers, and JONAPWD.
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