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Coalition of Disability Organisations, in collaboration with some organizations, have called on the airline industry to provide accessible  roads for Persons Living With Disabilities in the nation’s Airports.

Executive Director of CCD, David Anyaele, made the call on Tuesday at a one-day sensitisation programme for airline operators in Kano.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the collaborative organizations were the Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) and the Spinal Cord Injury Association of Nigeria (SCIA).

Anyale, represented by Coalition’s Administrative Manager, Mrs Florence Chima, said the programme was aimed at sensitizing Airline industries on the need to provide easy access roads to airport for persons living with disabilities in the Nigeria.

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He said that Persons living with disabilities were often faced with the lack of amenities at airports while such as ramps wheelchairs, inaccessibility to restrooms and at times denied them chances to travel.

“There had been numerous accounts of outright denial of air travel rights, as well as humiliating and degrading treatment of persons with disabilities at the nation’s airports,’’ he said.

According to him, the Disability Rights Act is hinged on the provisions of the Act prohibiting discrimination against persons Living with disability, signed into law in 2018 by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said that the act provides for the person with disability the right access to the physical environment and buildings on an equal basis with others.

“Section 14 of the Act also demands that “all airlines operating in Nigeria must ensure accessibility of their aircraft to persons with disabilities.

“Make available functional wheelchairs for their conveyance, assist them to get on and off board in safety, and ensure they are accorded priority while boarding among other demands,” he said.

Earlier, the Chairman, Spinal Cord Injury Association (SCIAN), Mr Matepo Abdulwahab, said there is the need  to put logistics for persons Living with disabilities, make the structures accessible to them without double cost.

“We are calling for accessible format like, brail, large or bold print audio, visual and use of sign language interpreters for various languages,” Abdulwahab said.

He also appealed for enlightenment programmes at all nation’s airports for People living with disability.

Head of customer services, Aminu Kano International airport Kano, Hajiya Zuwaira Yahaya, assured the stakeholders that their requests would be forwarded to the government for action.

She assured Persons living with disability that they would be accorded due attention at the nation’s airports and therefore urged them to report any case of discrimination to customer service desk.

“You are at our hearts and you have the right to challenge bad service,” she added.

In her speech, the  Executive Director, Gender and Disability Inclusion Advocacy Center (GADIAC), Rabi Gezawa, called for the special training  for Airport operators to enable them handle persons living with disability as well as creating sensory rooms to assist them. 

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African Group Backs Okonjo-Iweala for WTO Term

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African Group Backs Okonjo-Iweala for WTO Term

By Halima Abdulkadiri

The African Group at the World Trade Organization (WTO) presented a proposal at its General Council (GC) to re-elect Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as director-general of the organization.

Adebayo Thomas, the Director of Press and Public Relations at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, announced this in a statement in Abuja.

According to him, the proposal is for members to consider Okonjo-Iweala to run for another term as chief executive officer of the organization.

He said the proposal was also to enable the Chair of the General Council (GC) to commence the process of the appointment of the director-general as soon as possible.

He quoted Amb. Abdulhamid Adamu, Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the WTO, at the GC, as saying that members debated the issue.

“All members highlighted Okonjo-Iweala’s efforts and contributions to the organization, which have led to significant progress and development,” Adamu said. “They all affirmed that she deserves to be reappointed as the director-general. Almost 58 members from all regions supported the proposal.”

He added that members resolved that the General Council Chair should start consultations on the appointment process as soon as possible.

In response, Okonjo-Iweala thanked all members and assured them she would respond soon after consulting with her family.

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SGF Approves Eight New FRSC Deputy Corps Marshals

By Halima Abdulkadiri

Sen. George Akume, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), has approved the promotion of eight Assistant Corps Marshals to Deputy Corps Marshals (DCMs) of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

Olusegun Ogungbemide, Acting Corps Public Education Officer, announced this in Abuja on Monday.

Three of the new DCMs will proceed to immediate retirement, while the remaining five will fill vacancies in the South South, South East, South West, North Central, and North West geopolitical zones.

The promoted officers are DCM Clement Oladele (North Central), DCM Chidiebere Nkwonta (South East), DCM Sunday Iyamah (South South), DCM Musa Yerima (North West), and DCM Abiodun Akinlade (South West).

The retiring DCMs are Kingsley Agomoh, Jonas Agwu, and Zubairu Mato. SGF Akume praised the transparency of the promotion process and urged the new appointees to commit to the FRSC’s vision of reducing road traffic crashes and creating a safer motoring environment.

FRSC Corps Marshal Shehu Mohammed congratulated the promoted officers and emphasized the increased responsibilities their new ranks entail.

He encouraged them to stay focused and dedicated, and reassured all personnel of ongoing efforts to improve their welfare.

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N70,000 Wage Not Solution to Economic Issues

By Halima Abdulkadiri

Chairman of the Labour Party (LP) in Oyo State, Sadiq Atayese, has stated that the newly-approved N70,000 minimum wage for Nigerian workers is not the solution to the country’s economic challenges.

Atayese made this assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Ibadan.

He emphasized that sustainable solutions to the cost of living require positive economic policies from the government. Atayese highlighted the exchange rate as a key factor influencing fuel costs and subsidies.

He stressed that the government must prioritize fighting corruption and implementing policies beyond just increasing the minimum wage. According to Atayese, corruption in high places accounts for over 90 percent of corruption cases in Nigeria.

“Will this new minimum wage actually assuage the daily rising costs of foods and services? Can it bring a stable solution to the nation’s economic challenges? The answer is No,” he said.

Atayese also urged the government to focus on agricultural development and address issues such as security and funding for effective farming. He believes that addressing these critical issues would have more significant benefits than even a minimum wage of N150,000.

“Labour Party will continue to stand for the wellbeing of the people and development of the society,” he said.

The Federal Government and labor unions recently agreed on N70,000 as the new minimum wage for Nigerian workers. Initially, the government proposed N60,000, which was raised to N62,000, while labor demanded N494,000 before revising it to N250,000. Labor leaders agreed to the N70,000 offer due to additional incentives attached.

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