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2023: Persons with disabilities lament exclusion by political parties

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2023: Persons with disabilities lament exclusion by political parties

2023: Persons with disabilities lament exclusion by political parties

The Joint National Association of People with Disabilities (JONAPWD) in Anambra, had lamented the exclusion of its members in the various activities of political parties ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Mr Ugochukwu Okeke, Chairman, JONAPWD, expressed the displeasure at a news conference in Awka, on Friday, to mark the 4th anniversary of the Anambra State Disabilities Rights Law 2018.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Anambra State Disability Rights Bills 2015 was passed into law by the state legislative chamber on Sept. 13, 2018, and was on Dec. 18, 2018 signed into law by former Gov. Willie Obiano.

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Okeke said that persons with disabilities are underrepresented in the activities of political parties and their priorities are systematically neglected.

He said it was risky to take for granted a body with large number of persons, particularly in a democracy, saying that the group will take advantage of their numerical strength to demonstrate their relevance during the polls.

“We have discovered that political parties do not have plans to include persons with disabilities (PWDs) in their structures. They are supposed to reserve certain positions for PWDs, at least at the ward level to motivate our members.

“All of them have women leaders, youth leaders and others, but do not have disability leaders, who will help in mobilising our members.

“Besides, some parties hold their meetings not just late in the night, but upstairs where PWDs will find it difficult to access. Some of them do not have interpreters to ensure that the deaf and dumb among us are carried along.

“The parties should understand that politics is a game of number and we have the number. Infact, we are preparing seriously ahead of the general elections to use our number to make a statement in Anambra,” he said.

Okeke, however, blamed some of its members for their reluctance to identify with different political parties of their choice in the state.

“Some of the challenges are internal. Some of us do not like identifying with political parties and I believe that if you do not belong anywhere, nobody will identify you.
“We have been encouraging our members to identify with political parties of their choices so they can have the bargaining powers to make demands,” he said.

Also speaking, Mrs Amaka Anadumaka, Desk Officer, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, said the corps had the duty to protect the rights of PWDs.

She enjoined the leadership of PWDs not to relent in notifying the security agencies of any threat to its members.

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Nationwide League: Senator Yaro provides financial support to clubs in Gombe South

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Nationwide League: Senator Yaro provides financial support to clubs in Gombe South

Distinguished Senator Anthony Siyako Yaro, Senator representing Gombe South District has made a cash donation to three clubs from his Zone to enable them participate in the Nationwide League, Division Two.

These clubs are Balanga United from Balanga, United Eagles from Shongom and El-Shama Sporting from Billiri.

Presenting the cash gift on Saturday to the clubs’ officials on behalf of the senator, Mr Barbuwa kalla, said the gesture was borne out of the senator’s need to represent all sectors of life in the zone.

Kalla said that the Senator being a youth-friendly leader decided to support the clubs to enable them participate in the Nationwide League towards engaging youths in the area into venture that could help them realise their potentials in life.

“Senator Yaro is a leader that believes in representing all sectors from agriculture, water, security, health, empowerment, education and now sports; this is what his mind-set about representation is.

“He believes in carrying everyone along based on his mandate of inclusive representation to enhance the wellbeing and welfare of people in the zone.”

The Senator called on the benefitting clubs to be of good conduct and project the zone in good light by giving their best always while assuring youths from the zone that he would continue to support meaningful ventures that empower the young people of Gombe South.

Mr Hashim Ismail, Welfare Director, Balanga United commended Senator Yaro for bailing them out with the financial support, noting that it was the first time such support was coming their way.

Ismail said without the support, “We would have suffered a lot because we have been suffering some years back but this support is a big relief for us and we thank the Distinguished Senator for his kind gesture,” he said.

Speaking shortly after the cash donation, the Chairman of Gombe State Football Association (FA), Yakubu Sarma lauded the senator for being kind to youths and promoting football development in the zone.

Sarma said football development remained everybody’s business, and all stakeholders needed to put hand on deck to move the game forward.

He said that recently, the Gombe State government supported all the teams playing in the Nationwide League One and two, paying their registration with the NLO and now what they (clubs) are paying are the indemnities and some other logistics that needed to be paid before they can kick-start.

“These teams are being run by individuals and not the government so they require this kind of assistance and today, the Distinguished Senator Anthony Siyako Yaro, Senator representing Gombe South Senatorial District, paid for those clubs in his constituencies.

“This is done so that money will not be their challenge; so with this money, these clubs will be able to pay for their indemnities.

“This is the first of its kind, and it’s a good gesture that will also serve as a good antecedent to cite in the future,” he said.

The FA boss appealed to other stakeholders to emulate Senator Yaro by supporting football clubs, “specifically I urge stakeholders to come to the aid of Yamaltu United, Lion Heart, and Dukku United who are yet to pay theirs.

He said football remained the best tool to unite people and promote peaceful coexistence, “because football does not have political parties, religions, ethnicities, or tribe.

“So this is a plus for Senator Yaro, and the football stakeholders are proud of this move which has provided the support that could help raise young talents in the likes of Ahmed Musa, Mike Obi, Kanu Nwankwo from these teams.

“If these clubs are not able to pay for their indemnities and not participate, they may most likely go on relegation.

“If that happens they will go back to state league and that can make Gombe State loss some slots and that is why we are calling on stakeholders to help them pay so that we can retain the slots.

“In the past, the whole of the clubs we had in League One and Two were not more than eight but today we have about 15 teams, so we are improving,” he said.

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Group mobilises special prayers for late President Yar’adua

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By Abbas Bamalli

A community based group in Katsina, Pleasant Library and Book Club (PLBC), has mobilised for special prayers across Juma’at Mosques in the state in memory of late President Umaru Yar’adua.

Addressing newsmen in Katsina on Friday, a member of the group, Dr Mukhtar Alqasim said the prayer was part of their activities to mark the 14th Yar’adua’s Remembrance Day.

Newsmen recalls that late president Yar’adua died on May 5, 2010 after a protracted illness.

According to Alqasim, the PLBC as a community organisation, has written to all Imams across the state, seeking for the prayer during their Friday sermons, and it was conducted.

He further revealed that as part of the activities, they had concluded arrangements to visit orphanages, aged people’s homes, and psychiatry among other places.

“As part of the activities, we have plans during the visits on Saturday, to distribute food items, clothes and other necessary things to those homes and centres.

“On Sunday, PLBC is going to launch a book with over 300 pages titled: ‘What Yar’adua Told and Taught Me’, a reflection on 23-years of lifelong lessons learned under the mentorship of the late president.

“The book was written and would be presented during the ceremony by the PLBC President, Dr Muttaqa Rabe-Darma.

“The programme is being organised by the PLBC, with full support from the state government,” he disclosed.

Alqasim said that during the event on Sunday, some notable personalities would speak on the late president, and also another prayer session would be held at the venue.

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FG Approves Upward Review Of Electricity Tariff For Customers On Band ‘A’

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FG Approves Upward Review Of Electricity Tariff For Customers On Band ‘A’

Federal Government has approved upward review of electricity tariff for customers on band ‘A’ nationwide with immediate effect.

Under the new tariff, customers on band ‘A’ who enjoy twenty hours of electricity supply daily will now pay 225 naira kilowatts per hour.

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At a media briefing in Abuja, vice Chairman of Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Musliu Oseni says customers on band ‘A’ are fifteen percent of the total Electricity customers in the country.

Oasis Magazine learnt that customers on other bands will not be affected by the new tariff.

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