Being a Person With Disability in Nigeria

By: Bashir Turawa

 

 



Being a person with disability in a country like Nigeria could be so challenging, especially when people use demeaning adjectives to qualify you.

This is not limited to persons with physical disabilities who are everyday called “handicap” or “cripple,” it cuts across all forms of disabilities. People with hearing impairment or hard of hearing are outrightly called “deaf,” those with visual impairment or disability are called “blind” while those having difficulty making speech are said to be “dumb.”

We need to learn how better to use words. Using demeaning words like “retard” to refer to persons with intellectual disabilities is not ideal. Instead of using demeaning adjectives, why not call them something appealing? To qualify them with demeaning adjectives is to blatantly say they lack in ability to achieve anything or make positive contributions just like every other persons. This, however, is not so as we’ve seen a good number of persons with disabilities doing better in their endeavours.

 

It is important to say once again that adjectives such as handicap, cripple, deaf, blind, retard, etc are not appropriate. Instead of using handicap/cripple, use person with physical disability; instead of using blind, use visual impairment; instead of using deaf, use hearing impairment or hard of hearing; instead of using retard, use ‘person with intellectual disability.’ This way, one will not sound offensive.

It is worthy of note that Nigeria got it right with the establishment of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities, especially with the appointment of a man who knows his job as Executive Secretary of the Commission. It is convincing that the ES will include addressing the issue of demeaning adjectives among other successes recorded since he assumed office.

NIGERIA, ECOWAS SUPPORT WFP’s FOOD AND NUTRITION ASSISTANCE TO VULNERABLE FAMILIES WITH US$1M

 

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) received the sum of US$1 million in 2021 from the Government of Nigeria as part of an ECOWAS humanitarian assistance to the Nigerian Government for victims of violent conflicts in North West and North East Nigeria.

The fund from ECOWAS was granted to the government of Nigeria from the ECOWAS Regional Stabilization Fund. The Government of Nigeria accordingly sought the collaboration of WFP in Nigeria to apply the fund for alleviating food and nutrition needs in Katsina, Zamfara and Borno states.

The programme targeted 840 food insecure households (some 4,196 persons) in Zamfara, Katsina and Borno states with food assistance. The target beneficiaries receive an average cash transfer of NGN 27,000 in their prepaid bank cards or WFP SCOPE cards every month to buy their preferred food from local markets. Beneficiaries are encouraged to buy a wide range of local nutritious foods from their preferred shops. Cash transfers have an additional advantage of stimulating local markets and agricultural production.

To prevent acute malnutrition in children in the first 1,000 days of their lives, the programme also provides nutrition assistance to children 6-23 months old and to pregnant and breastfeeding women from vulnerable and food insecure households. Some 14,070 children and 1,932 pregnant/breastfeeding women receive specialized nutritious food in the three (3) project states.

In addition to providing life-saving food and nutrition assistance to vulnerable families, WFP is also using the ECOWAS donation to build the resilience of the households in the conflict-affected states of Borno, Adamawa, Yobe and Katsina.

The project will provide milling machines and training support to 603 returnees from Cameroon and displaced rural women to support them in generating some income to sustain their livelihoods.

Honorable Minister of Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Farouq said

The project has provided the FMHADMSD the unique opportunity of showcasing best practices of partnership and collaboration in delivering humanitarian intervention. It has equally advanced the efforts of the Nigerian Government in touching the lives of a critical mass of Nigerians in vulnerable situations.

Likewise Dr. Siga Fatima Jagne, Commissioner for Social Affairs and Gender, ECOWAS Commission outlined that
In line with the humanitarian mandate of the ECOWAS Commission and in response to the Decision of the Fiftieth Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of December 17, 2016, to assist population in North East Nigeria affected by terrorism, the ECOWAS Commission in strong collaboration with the Government of Nigeria and the World Food Programme is providing humanitarian support to our populations in need in Nigeria and will continue to build the resilience of our people to bridge the humanitarian-development nexus across the West African region for a prosperous ECOWAS Community.

“The Government of Nigeria’s contribution, through ECOWAS, came at a very critical point as conflict and impact of climate change continue to drive hunger in the country. In these affected states, persistent conflict, climate shocks, high food prices and reduced household purchasing power undermine people’s ability to feed themselves. WFP welcomes this contribution which underpins efforts to continue providing life-saving food and nutrition support and livelihoods assistance to those most in need in the conflict-affected states”.
Ronald Sibanda, WFP Representative and Country Director a.i. said.

You may recall that the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development was created by the Federal Government of Nigeria to provide a sustained response to the humanitarian crisis in Nigeria and to institutionalize all governments efforts towards social inclusion and response to disasters and humanitarian crisis while providing the much-needed coordination of Humanitarian interventions. The Ministry in line with its mandate develops humanitarian policies and provides effective coordination of National and International humanitarian interventions; while ensuring strategic disaster mitigation, preparedness and response. It continues to successfully implement the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) where over thirty million Nigerians have benefited and continue to benefit directly and indirectly from different components of the programme making it the largest social protection programme ever carried out in Nigeria and one of the biggest in Africa.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) established on May 28 1975 via the treaty of Lagos. ECOWAS is a 15-member regional group with a mandate of promoting economic integration in all fields of activity of the constituting countries. Member countries making up ECOWAS are Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d’ Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Senegal and Togo. Considered one of the pillars of the African Economic Community, ECOWAS was set up to foster the ideal of collective self-sufficiency for its Member States.

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters, and the impact of climate change.

IWD: SADIYA FAROUQ, A BENEVOLENT MINISTER WOMEN HAVE NEVER SEEN

Saleh Farouq Gagararawa

#IWD: SADIYA FAROUQ; THE MOST BENEVOLENT MINISTER WOMEN HAVE EVER SEEN

I watched how tears of joy dropped down their eyes as happiness was restored in their lives. So many of them were left with no shelter, most of them having nothing less than two children but leaving on less than ₦200 a day. They thought they had been forgotten, they had lost hope on anyone coming to their aid or rescuing them from such depressing lifestyle. Most of them are widows, divorcees and victims of violence.

When they started sharing their stories with her ( Sadiya Farouq), tears dropped from her eyes. Everyone was surprised. “A minister is saddened by the way we were treated,” said some victims of violence and human trafficking. They never thought Nigeria would get to a stage of having a caring minister.

On her first day in office as the first minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, she pledged support for women and vowed to ease the hardship women are going through in the country, especially victims of sexual abuse and human trafficking.

Her support for women is beyond mere words. This can be proved as 90% of the ministry staff are women. A milestone achieved, about 98% of conditional cash transfer beneficiaries are women. Women who could not afford a square meal are now running their businesses independently.

Aisha from Kaduna state is a mother of six. Her husband died when her last child was 3 months old. Her first child is a girl of 15 years. When she told me about the hardship they went through, I hugged her second child Ahmad so tight, she smiled and said it’s all in the past. Aisha is a beneficiary of the conditional cash transfer and now a supplier of vegetable oil to retailers.

One of her projects that got not only women but everyone in the country effervescent was establishing a five star 208 bed transit home for victims of domestic violence and abuse in Ekiti State.

Under her watch, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) is remarkably making serious positive impact, rescuing women from human trafficking cartels.

There’s no doubt about her winning the 2021 DUSUSU gender minister award.

Prison Escapee Turned Notorious Armed Robber/cultist Killed In Edo

Operatives of Edo State Police Command, today March 2, killed a notorious armed robber/cultist popularly known as Ekata.

A statement released by the command’s spokesperson, SP Kontongs Bello, says the police got information that the suspect who is an escapee of the Edo State Correctional Center Benin during the October 2020 ENDSARS protest and has been on the police wanted list, was sighted somewhere in Uromi town in the company of his other gang members.

Bello said on receipt of the information, the area commander in Uromi immediately deployed a team of police operatives to the location.

”On sighting the team of Operatives, the gang opened fire on them, while the team gallantly responded. In the ensuing gun duel, one Fidelis Ekata ‘M’ who is the gang leader of the armed robbers/cultist sustained gunshot injuries and was rushed to General Hospital Uromi for treatment but was confirmed dead by the Doctor on duty, while other gang members escaped with gunshot injuries.” Bello said.

The force spokesperson added that efforts are being made to ensure the arrest of the fleeing gang members. The following items were recovered from the dead gang leader. One cut-to-size gun and one live cartridge.

Vladimir Putin Is Smart, ‘Played Joe Biden Like A Drum: Donald Trump

Former US president predicted a ‘major war in Europe’ before teasing another White House run at a speech in Florida

Donald Trump condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and predicted a “major war in Europe” but partially blamed Joe Biden and “delinquent” Nato leaders for the crisis.

Addressing an adoring crowd in Orlando, Florida, the former US president attacked Mr Biden as “weak and incompetent” and said: “Putin is playing Biden like a drum”.

“This horrific disaster would never have happened if our election was not rigged and if I was the president,” he said, referencing his baseless claims he was the true winner of the 2020 election.

Mr Trump once again teased the prospect of another run for the White House, saying of the November 2024 election: “We did it twice, and we’ll do it again. We’re going to be doing it again, a third time”.

The thousands who had gathered at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) roared its approval at the comments, breaking into chants of “four more years”.

In the more than 90-minute speech, Mr Trump claimed Mr Biden and the radical left were “trying to replace American democracy with woke tyranny”.

While calling the situation in Ukraine “a catastrophic disaster”, Mr Trump went on to attack Democrats for rushing defend the country’s borders “while they’re destroying our own borders” with failed immigration policies.

In a shift from his earlier praise of Mr Putin’s assault on Ukraine as “genius”, he condemned Moscow’s all-out attack on Ukraine as “appalling”.

However he defended his previous comments. “The problem is not that Putin is smart, which, of course, he’s smart,” Mr Trump said.

“The real problem is that our leaders are dumb,” he said, adding that the leaders of Nato member states were “all delinquent”

He struck an uncharacteristically empathetic tone as he expressed sympathy for Ukraine saying: “We are praying for the proud people of Ukraine. God bless them all”.

Trump hails ‘brave’ Zelensky

Mr Trump also had warm words for the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, calling him a “brave man” as he defiantly remained in the capital Kyiv amid the onslaught from Russian forces.

It was Mr Trump’s 2019 phone call with the Ukrainian leader that led to him being impeached by Democrats in the US House of Representatives.

In Orlando on Saturday night Mr Trump said: “I like him because during that ridiculous impeachment waste of time…. the president of Ukraine said ‘he did absolutely nothing wrong’.”

He also accused his predecessors of failing to counter Russia, citing Russia’s invasion of Georgia under George W Bush and Crimea under Barack Obama.

“I stand as the only president of the 21st century on whose watch Russia did not invade another country,” he bragged.

In an interview released earlier on Saturday, Mr Biden mocked Mr Trump’s comment that the Russian leader is a “genius”.

“I put as much stock in Trump saying that Putin is a genius than when he called himself a stable genius,” Mr Biden said.

As he alluded to a return to the White House, Mr Trump repeated his 2016 campaign slogan to “make America great again” and vowed to complete his signature border wall “in three weeks”.

Mr Trump’s continued hold over the Republican base was evident once more at the jamboree, which describes itself as the largest annual gathering of grassroots of conservatives on the planet.

“Trump 2024” flags, hats and badges filled the large conference centre in Orlando along with a golden statue of the former president.

‘I’m praying he runs’

Many of those who had travelled from across the US to attend the conference expressed their unwavering belief that the 75-year-old will make another bid for the presidency.

Shonna Smith, 58, a resort manager from Arkansas, said she had been hoping Mr Trump would announce his candidacy on Saturday night.

“I’m praying he [runs],” she said, adding his credentials as a businessman made him the best candidate to lead the country.

“Right now I think we look weak [on the world stage],” she said in reference to Mr Biden’s handling of the Ukraine crisis

Karen Zaletel, a 60-year-old former stock broker, said she was convinced Mr Trump would be victorious in 2024.

“Everyone gave him a standing ovation,” she said, describing his speech as “positive and funny”.

She added that she was “really impressed” by his energy levels.

NSIP: FAROUQ SG FIRE BALA MOHAMMED, CHALLENGE HIM TO COME FORWARD WITH PROVE

 

It is obvious that the governor of Bauchi State has went outrageously bad and blinded by his 2023 ambition.

 

Gone are those days when politicians lie against their colleagues just to attain or achieve their political ambition.

 

I am calling on the attention of the governor and to enlighten him that the National social Investment Programme is not being implemented for any political ambition but for the people of the country because they deserve to live a better life, I guess the governor is also not aware that this program has been going on for more than 6 years now, so he shouldn’t compare his program which is clearly being implemented for 2023 ambition not for the love of the people with the National social Investment Programme.

 

I challenge the governor to come out with statistical prove that the money for National social Investment Programme is being looted, If he can’t provide us with that prove then it is basically clear that the governor is just a liar and blinded by 2023 election.

Mr Jollof Acquires New House Months After Flaunting Range Rover

Comedian Mr Jollof has acquired a second house months after flaunting his Range Rover, Igbere TV reports.

The comedian showed off the house in a video uploaded on Instagram on Monday.

Captioning the video, he wrote: “Suffer no be pomade.”

This came months after the funnyman showed off his new Range Rover car on Instagram.

He shared a video of his new car being delivered to him on Friday, March 12, 2021. He also danced to the rhythm of Patoranking’s song ‘Abule’.

With his latest acquisition, Mr Jollof born Freedom Atsepoyi joins the list of other Nigerian celebrities to acquire new Range Rover cars and a new house in 2021, which includes singer Davido, Big Brother Naija stars Mercy Eke, Nina Ivy, actresses Mercy Aigbe, Destiny Etiko and Ned Nwoko’s Moroccan ex-wife, Laila Charani.

“I wanted to help my friend who contacted me that he needed human head for money ritual,” Suspected Ritualist Confesses

Abideen Raheem, a suspected ritualist has confessed that he exhumed a dead body, cut off the head and sold it to a friend for N25,000.42-year-old Raheem was among the 43 suspected criminals paraded by the Oyo State Police Command in Eleyele, Ibadan.

According to him, his friend needed the human head for money ritual.“I wanted to help my friend who contacted me that he needed human head for money ritual.“I cut the head with a knife, and took it away.

I gave my friend who told me that he needed it for money ritual,” he confessed.He added that he brought out the body from a public cementary in Olunde area of Ibadan on Saturday.Raheem’s friend, Moruf Ganiyu, who was arrested with the head admitted that he needed it for money ritual.“I discussed the issue with my friend Raheem and he promised to get me the head.“On getting it, he called me. I collected it and I gave him the sum of N25,000 for his job.”I actually wanted to use the head for money ritual,” Ganiyu said.Commissioner of Police in the state, Ngozi Onadeko, told newsmen that the suspected criminals were arrested for unlawful possession of human head.

Students Protest Death of Schoolmates Killed in Lagos Accident

Students of Babs Fafunwa Millennium Secondary School in Lagos have on Wednesday hit the street to protest the death of their mates.

The students were reportedly crushed to death by a truck on their way back from school on Tuesday.Sources revealed that the truck driver was trying to escape arrest by the Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) and officers of the Lagos State Transport Management Agency (LASTMA) from Berger Division, Ikeja when he rammed into the students.

The Commissioner for Education in the state, Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo addressed parents and students in a bid to calm the situation.According to her, the safety of the students is paramount.However, the students took to the streets in protest.

Dowen College: Police Arrest Two Students, Reps Order IGP To Take Over Case

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, on Tuesday, said two of the students allegedly named by a deceased student of Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos State, Sylvester Oromoni (Junior), have been arrested.

Odumosu noted that another student and three house masters were also assisting the police with investigation.

He said, “One student was invited and two arrested; they are three, so one is assisting us. We just started the investigation. We have two in detention, while the other one is just a witness to throw some light on what happened.

“We are discussing with the family on autopsy; we can’t do autopsy without the family; we can’t do autopsy without the school authority representative too. We can’t do autopsy without the representative of the parents of students being alleged; we need to be fair to everybody, so there is an arrangement to carry out autopsy with every stakeholder in attendance.”

Airviews News also learnt that the police invited the parents of the deceased student for a meeting on Wednesday to aid the ongoing investigation.

The news of Sylvester’s death went viral last Wednesday following a social media post by his cousin, Perry Oromoni, who alleged that some senior pupils of the college beat him up in his hostel because he refused to join a cult.

He also said the victim named five of them before his death.

But the school denied the claim, saying Sylvester complained of leg pains following an injury he sustained while playing football.

The state government, on Friday, ordered the indefinite closure of the school pending the outcome of an investigation into the matter.

Officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Education stormed the school in the early hours of Sunday and sealed the premises.

The Falana and Falana Chamber, on behalf of the family, petitioned the chief coroner of Lagos State on Monday, demanding an inquest into the death.

Our correspondent learnt that the coroner had invited the chamber for a meeting on the matter.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has called on the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, to take over the case of the Junior Secondary School 2 pupil.

The House also called for stricter regulation of schools and their boarding facilities by the Federal Government.

At the plenary on Tuesday, a member of the House, Unyime Idem, moved a motion of urgent public importance, titled, ‘A Call to Condemn the Trend of Inhumane Treatment in Nigerian Boarding Schools Across the Country and Comprehensive Investigation into the Activities of Nigerian Boarding School System.’

The House also mandated the “Inspector General of Police to immediately commission and take over the investigation, prosecution and punishment of the perpetrators of the identified heinous crimes.”

Furthermore, the House mandated its Committees on Education; Youth Development; and Women Affairs and Social Development to follow up with the investigation, set up a committee to brainstorm and come up with modalities and report to the House within two weeks.