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Nigeria to champion breakthrough in remote sensored white canes for the blind

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Nigeria to champion breakthrough in remote sensored white canes for the blind

The Federal Government has muted a plan to champion technological modification into the conventional White Canes, in a manner that it would be digitalised with remote sensing for more visibility for the virtually impaired.Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, stated this yesterday in Abuja to mark the 2020 White Cane Day.She said, granted that the White cane is a borrowed technology, Nigeria can be at the forefront of a breakthrough to digitalise the White cane for more precision utility for the virtually impaired.
Represented by the Director, Humanitarian, Ali Grema, she said the ministry has begun the process that will engender production of modernised tools, through a local firm for onward distribution to people with virtual impairments, to aid movements.
This was just as she warned against the maltreatment of older persons particularly those living with disabilities at a social development Symposium to mark the 30th anniversary of international day of older person.She said, “White Cane Safety/Awareness Day dates back to 1964 following the adoption of the joint resolution by the US Congress, designating 15th October, to recognize the blind and visually impaired persons to travel safely, as they give them visibility.
“In line with this year’s theme and in the area of technological innovations and advancement The country through one of our local producers, is at the forefronts of bringing technological modifications to the conventional White Canes, making it more utility tool for the blind and visually impaired.
“We look forward to modern White Canes with sensors and alarms as well as other features that will help the blind and visually impaired live more independence.”
The Minister disclosed that Nigeria does not have accurate data for persons with blindness as the speculated number is between 10 to 15 millionThis Day was a National observance in the United States set aside to recognize that white canes enable blind and visually impaired persons to travel safely, as they give them visibility.
However, over the years the emphasis of the White Cane Safety Day has shifted away from safety to independence and equality. Thus, to equally celebrate White Cane both as a safety symbol and as well as a tool that enable blind and visually impaired persons to explore and navigate their environment the White Cane Safety Day has been referred to as The White Cane Awareness Day. “In Nigeria, where it is estimated that up to 10-15 million Nigerians are Persons with Disabilities.Though there is no accurate data on the number of persons in Nigeria with blindness or’ visual impairments, an appreciable number of the PWDs in Nigeria are blind or’ visually impaired.”
She urged Nigerians that, “to recognize the significant contributions that older persons make to our families, communities and societies throughout their lives, they have given their time and energy to helping others, and they continue to do so.” In return, we should do more to support their human rights and freedoms, including their right to live in dignity and security  free from want and free from fear.”
The ministry also join the global world to celebrate the 30th anniversary of international day of older person.The minister disclosed that the national policy on ageing has been finalized awaiting the Federal Executive Council Approval.”As you may be aware, our elders provide us with love and care, and are a source of wisdom and talent, influencing who we are and who we aspire to be.”Together we have a duty to support older people in realizing their human rights and living with dignity.She said the one Day symposium on 2020 Internattional Day of Older Persons which is on annual celebration of senior citizens around the world gave the ministry a chance to take stock of the opportunities and challenges related to population ageing towards ensuring societies are occommodating of all ages.
She said the ministry serves as the national vehicle to bring about speedy humanitarian policies and provide effective coordination of National and International humanitarian interventions.She said it also ensures strategic disaster mitigation, preparedness and response; and manage the formulation and implementation of fair focused social inclusion and protection programs in Nigeria.”Our Vision is To have social protection systems that are prooctive, humane, inclusive and sustainable for the improvement and general welfare of the people.”This year’s Theme is “Pandemics: do They change how we address age and ageing?” because we know That older’ people are at higher risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19.”In the African Region, more than 17000 people aged over’ 60 years have lost their lives to COVID-19, occounTing for over 50% of The COVID-19 deaths in The Region.
Also, she observed that this year has also been recognized as The “Year of The Nurse and Midwife”. International Day of Older Persons 2020 will highlight the role of the health care workforce in contributing to the health of older’ persons, with special recognition of the nursing profession, and a primary focus on the role of women who are relatively undervalued and in most cases inadequately compensated.
“Most importantly, it is time to recognize the significant contributions that older persons make to our families, communities and societies.”Throughout their lives, they have given their‘ time and energy to helping other’s and they continue to do so. In return, we should do more to support their human rights and freedoms, including their right to live in dignity and security-free from want and free from fear.”In realization of this fact, the honourable Minister initiated various programs and activities towards ensuring healthy ageing.”Also, the Ministry promotes deliberate policy interventions in partnership wih both international, Regional and Sub-regional bodies to develop and implement programmes and projects that will ensure the overall wellbeing of the elderly.She observed that the elderly are the world’s fastest growing population group, with those 60 years or older constituting one person in 10, a figure that is expected to rise to one person in five by mid-century.

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#ENDSARS: Women Affairs minister begs mothers to call their children off the streets

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#ENDSARS: Women Affairs minister begs mothers to call their children off the streets

By Doris Ferdinand

The Minister of women affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen has appealed to mothers to call their children off the streets as she urged the youths to sheath their swords and give government a chance to address their demands.

This was contained in a press statement she personally signed.
In the statement, she expressed concern over the hijack of #Endsars protest by hoodlums with different intents.

She said: “As a mother, I am heart broken and I weep bitterly at the way innocent and young souls whose dream is to bring about justice in our land are sent to their early graves.

“I want to appeal to our teeming youths, men and women, to please sheath their swords and give Government time to address the issues.
“When things are not right, the citizens take to the streets. When the Citizens take to the Streets, the Government is bound to listen. This Government has listened and has heard your voices.”

She also appealed for calmness as she called for prayers for the nation.

“Mothers of the Nation, cradle nurturers, life givers, pain soothers, this period calls for calm, caution and prayers. Let us jointly arise to pray for our children and our great country Nigeria.

“As women, let us call our children off the streets as the situation is no longer safe. The pain and tears  of a mother no one knows nor feels the gravity, but only a Mother who has given life to that child.”

Tallen thanked the youths, for their statements and noted that it is a rebirth of a new order in Nigeria with the them at the front burner of affairs.
She however appealed for restraint to enable the government take appropriate decisions that could be used collectively or selectively in resolving the issues raised.

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Humanitarian ministry conducts medical checkup for older people on their day in Abuja

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Humanitarian ministry conducts medical checkup for older people on their day in Abuja


The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, yesterday conducted medical check-up and presented palliatives to older Persons to conclude the weeklong commemoration of the international day for older persons.
According to the Minister, The minister Sadiya Umar Farouk said the International Day for Older Persons, is a day to stand against ageism and to promote the development of a society that is hospitable to people of all ages.
This she said is expedient  especially considering the higher risks confronted by older persons during the outbreak of theCOVID-19 pandemics
She said they are gathered in unison with the global community to demonstrate theie unwavering solidarity with senior citizens to mark the event which expected to hold on every 1st of October, each year.
The theme for this year: ‘Pandemics: Do They Change How We Address Age and Ageing’.
“The Ministry realizing this has initiated various programmes and activities towards healthy aging and promoting deliberate policy intervention in partnership with International, Religion and Sub-regional bodies to develop and implement programmes and projects that will ensure the overall well-being of the older persons”.
Furthermore, she said it is worthy to note that the National Policy on Ageing has been finalized, awaiting Federal Executive Council Approval, and also the creation of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development is another expression of the Government ensuring the protection of life and wellbeing of the Older Persons in line with the Ministry’s mandate.
The Minister made a truck load donation of relief materials to the Older Persons. They include: 200 bags of 5kg rice, 200 pieces of wrappers, 400 pieces of bathing soap.
The event was marked with a match past by Older Persons and choreographic display by the Youths.
Earlier the Permanent Secretary, Bashir Nura Alkali who represented the Honourable Minister, in his address said the Grand Finale was part of the activities lined up for the celebration of the 2020 International Day of the Older Persons and to mark the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations and 30th Anniversary of international Day of Older Persons.
He said ‘we stand to limit our chances of achieving sustainable human development if we do not make conscious and sustainable efforts to recognize and appreciate the contributions of our Senior Citizens in the socio-economic development of the country.
 In a goodwill message delivered by Hauwa Umar Jubril, she said the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs has achieved so much in a short period by providing drugs, ambulance and building affordable houses for them is no doubt that life will be made easier for older Persons in the country.
The Director of Social Development, Dr. Dorothy Nwodo, while giving the vote of thanks, thanked the Minister and the stakeholders- NEMA, NAPTIP, NCFRM, NEDC, NSIP, SDGs, for making the day a success.
Others present were: Mr. Grema Ali Alhaji. Director Humanitarian Affairs of the Ministry, Hawa Umar Jubril Founder of Poseman Old People’s Home, Representative of the Ministry of Health Seidu Ahmed Danbuwal.   
 
  

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Though we stand with #ENDSARS protesters we are not shutting down petrol intallations -NUPENG

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Though we stand with #ENDSARS protesters we are not shutting down petrol intallations -NUPENG

The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) says thought it is in solidarity with with all well meaning Nigerians in the protest against police brutality, the union had not directed any shutdown of fuel stations or other oil installations in the country. 

It’s Chairman,  Lagos Operation of NUPENG,  Comrade Tayo Aboyeji confirmed this in a statement issued in Lagos on Saturday and made available to newsmen.

According  to him, “We wish to state that the leadership of NUPENG stands with all well meaning Nigerians in the protest against police brutality and bad governance however no organ of the Union has ordered the shutting down of fuel stations.
“We sincerely empathised with all victims of police brutality in the country.
Aboyeji expressed NUPENG’s  support for the Nigerian youths in their call for police reforms.

He said “NUPENG stands with Nigerian youths against police brutality and calls for immediate and far reaching police reforms as our members are as well victims of police brutality and abuses through extortion, detention, harassment and intimidation nationwide.

“Meanwhile, no organ of our union has ordered shutting down of fuel stations or oil installations.

“We sincerely empathise with all victims of police brutality, including our members across the country and we peacefully join all well-meaning Nigerians to say police brutality must stop!”

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