Women Information Network (WINET), an Enugu based non-governmental organization (NGO, has advocted the need to develope an Enugu State Action plan for the rehabilitation and integration of persons with disabilities (PWDs) within the framework of Socio- economic development.
It said such move should be aggressively pursed with vigour by the Civil Society groups and the government.
WINET, a media focused, Women’s right, NGO, which had over the years, carried out activities to empower various categories of such persons to access justice through the Courts, said there is also need “for support for the rehabilitation and training of (PWDs) for self-reliance.
Our Correspondent reports that these were part of its recommendations as contained in an endline report of a project titled: “Human and Disability Rights Education for Women with Disabilities in Enugu State” carried out by the NGO which was made public yesterday and shared among the PWDs, media, and Civil Society groups.
In her remark at the event, Mrs Miriam Menkiti, the Executive Director of WINET, who gave a run-down of how the project supported by African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) began and was executed, disclosed that the study was conducted among Women with Disabilities (WWDs), who are mostly urban based.
She added that the NGO, was not able to capture the numerous WWDs who are not members of the joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD), Enugu State Chapter, or any other PWDs body.
Mrs. Menkiti, explained that the end line study was undertaken with a view to documenting the current level of knowledge of WWDs in Enugu State, as it concerns their rights, adding that the findings of the study indicates that the level of understanding fundamental rights, understanding the basic concept of human rights, violation of rights, and how to remedy them by the WWDs in particular and the PWDs in general in the state has improved to a reasonable extent.
She disclosed that WINET implemented the project from February 2021 to April 2022, revealing that a total of 100 (WWDs) were selected from five clusters of (JONAPWD),
Such positive development according to her, is as a result of training organized by WINET and supported by AWDF, stressing that part of its objective was the formation of PWD Women rights forum to engage the Enugu state House of Assembly on the domestication of the Discrimination Against persons with Disabilities prohibition Act 2018.
She further noted that the study equally shows significant changes in the percentage of the (WWDs) with adequate knowledge before the training to those who have such after the training.
The Executive Director, in the thirty pages document with alot of illustrations, equally recommended for effective engagement by all relevant Stakeholders including Enugu state House of Assembly to ensure speedy domestication of the PWDS Act in the state, recalling that it was passed at the national level since 2018.
Earlier in a slide presentation of the entire report, consultant to WINET on the project, Mr. Okolo- Obasi Nduka Elda, had illustrated most of the findings with pictorials, graph tables as well as reliable statistics gotten from the field.
He noted that the report has shown that the actions taken by the NGO, in the recent training has created ripple effects, pointing out that it equally shows that while knowledge of rights of WWDs, violation, and ways to seek redress have significantly increased in the urban areas, poverty among the PWDs, appears to a major challenge.
“To this effect, productive and decent work would provide PWDs with the opportunity to realize their aspirations and potentials to improve their living conditions and participate more actively in society.
Some of the PWDs participants including the women who spoke at the ceremony, expressed appreciation to the Mrs. Menkiti and her team for always leading on issues concerning them, and serving as the voice of the voiceless at all times.
PHOTOS: Ex-convict Returns To Nigeria With 4.56kg Of Cocaine
An ex-convict, Okechukwu Francis Amaechi, has been arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency at the Port Harcourt International Airport for importing cocaine.
The agency in a statement issued on Sunday said Okechukwu finished serving a drug trafficking prison sentence in Brazil in March 2022.
Okechukwu was caught with 4.56kg crack concealed in lawnmower tyres.
UK Government Denies Declaring IPOB Terrorist Organisation
By Sandra Ani
The British High Commission Abuja has described as inaccurate the reports making rounds that United Kingdom (UK) has added the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to the UK’s list of terrorist groups or organisations banned under UK law.
In a statement made available to GrassRoots.ng, titled: “British High Commission Abuja on the UK Government Publications of the 13 April Country Policy and Information Note: ‘Nigeria: Separatist groups in the South East’”, the Commission said, “These reports are untrue. The ‘Indigenous People of Biafra” (IPOB) is not a proscribed organisation in the UK”.
“The inaccurate reporting relates to the 13 April 2022 publication by the UK Government of a revised Country Policy and Information note (CPIN) on separatist groups in SE Nigeria, including the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). CPINs provide country of origin information (COI) and analysis of COI for use by UK Government decision-makers handling particular types of protection and human rights claims.
“All asylum and human rights claims made in the UK are considered on their individual facts in accordance with our obligations under the UN Refugee Convention and European Convention on Human Rights, taking into account relevant background country information and case law.
“The CPIN on separatist groups in the South East, including the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), provides a general assessment of risks faced by individuals belonging to those groups. These assessments are based on an analysis of publicly available country information obtained from a wide range of reliable sources including media outlets; UK and other governments; local, national and international organisations; and non-government organisations.
“This CPIN also acknowledges that the Nigerian government has proscribed IPOB as a terrorist organisation, some members of IPOB have reportedly used violence against the state and members of the public, and advises that persons who have committed human rights abuses must not be granted protection”.
The document is publicly available on our UK Government website, Gov.UK here.
Lawyer Gives EFCC Seven Days To Summon Nwajiuba, Ngige, Amaechi, Threatens Lawsuit
An Abuja-based human rights lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi, has given the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission a seven days’ notice to summon serving ministers and All Progressives Congress presidential aspirants.
The lawyer said the anti-graft agencies must summon the ministers and other government officials who have picked up bogus APC 2023 nomination forms to explain the source of funding, as their salaries for four years combined can’t afford such exorbitant fees charged by the ruling party.
Olajengbesi, who is the Principal Partner at Abuja-based law firm, Law Corridor, warned the EFCC and the ICPC that failure to summon the APC aspirants and serving government officials after seven days would attract a lawsuit.
He said the lawsuit would be instituted at the Federal High Court in Abuja and would be followed up to a logical conclusion to rid the political system of corruption.
Olajengbesi, in a statement on Friday, alleged that “The APC is promoting the same corruption that it claims to fight with the outrageous cost of nomination and expression of interest forms. One is not even surprised, after all, President Muhammadu Buhari has found nothing wrong in the pardon of two former governors convicted of stealing billions of naira. APC reeks of corruption.
“By this statement, I put the EFCC and the ICPC on notice to summon and probe all APC aspirants who double as government officials who have purchased the outrageous nomination forms. Be it, governors, ministers and every one of them must explain the source of their funding and must be duly vetted by the anti-graft agencies.
“Taxpayers’ monies must not be siphoned into the pursuit of selfish ambitions by individuals who do not have the interest of common Nigerians at heart.
“I will be instituting legal action against the EFCC and the ICPC at the expiration of seven days beginning from today, April 30, 2022, upon the failure of the two anti-graft agencies to live up to its responsibilities and probe all these government officials.”
APC had days ago pegged the cost of its nomination and expression of interest forms for the presidential election at N100 million, N50 million for governorship, N20m for Senatorial and N10m for federal house of representatives.
Already, Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba; Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello; amongst others have picked up the forms while others are expected to follow suit in the coming days. They include Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu; Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi; former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha; former Abia State Governor, Orji Kalu; amongst others jostling to be the flagbearer at the end of the APC presidential primary scheduled to hold at the end of May 2022.