The Defence Intelligence Agency(DIA) is conducting Defence Advisers/Attachés Annual Conference and Maiden Retreat for the 2021 with the theme” Advancing Counter Terrorism Efforts Through Enhanced Inter-Agency Cooperation: A Whole of Government Approach”. The event is scheduled to hold from 8-13 November 2021 at Headquarters Defence Intelligence Agency and Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC), Asokoro Abuja respectively.
This is According to a press statement signed by Major Joseph Afolashade, Acting Assistant Director Defence Intelligence Agency and made available to the press.
Joseph said the event is one of the veritable platforms designed by the Agency to examine and re-appraise Nigeria’s Defence Advisers/Attachés and foreign defence relations. It will also assist in articulating new strategies in intelligence gathering.
“The event will no doubt be the first in the annals of the Agency since it’s establishment. This is owing to the fact that no platform was created for institutional reflections on its activities with a view to measuring the attainment of its core mandate.
It is against this background that Agency is holding this conference to effectively galvanize inputs in view of the myriads of security challenges facing the nation.
It will also provide an avenue for self-examination mechanism for optimal performance.
This is in line with the policy directive of the President, Commander- in -Chief of the Armed Forces Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari GCFR on the need to look inward for workable solutions to the myriads of challenges facing the nation”.
“It is in pursuant of this objective, that the Agency is organising it’s maiden Retreat to provide a forum to appraise the activities of the various Defence Sections as well as brainstorm to proffer new strategies in attaining the core mandate of the Agency.
The Conference and Retreat are therefore considered as milestone events in the activities of the Agency that would engender interactions with past Directors of the Agency, former Chiefs of Defence Intelligence and senior intelligence practitioners in the Country”. he said
Honoree and celebrant,CGI Muhammad Babandede MFR (Rtd), His Excellency, Spanish Ambassador to Nigeria,Marcelino Cabanas Ansorena and Country Representative of Guild of Civil Societies and Media Executives for Equity,Justice and Transparency in Nigeria(GOCMEJ),Omoba Kenneth Aigbegbele,during the Grand Red Carpet Reception and Special Conferment of Lifetime Achievement Award on the former CGI recently at Abuja.
CCD Executive Director Bags Patriotic Leadership Award
The Executive Director of Centre for Citizens with Disabilities; Mr David Obinna Anyaele on the 5th of November , 2021 bagged the patriotic leadership award presented to him by the African Voice magazine in recognition of his contribution to humanity and his course to promote inclusion for over 31 million persons with disabilities in Nigeria.
The entourage was led by Mr. Ebenezer Ogunleye, CEO of African Voice Magazine. Others on the entourage are; Diana Omueza, Olawale Oladipupo and Gami Tadanyigbe.
The Award was presented by Mr. Ebenezer Ogunleye who praised the Executive Director for his passion, zeal and commitment to issues and plights that concerns humanity, particularly in his push to make sure that the disability bill was passed into law in 2019. He went further to allude, to the fact that the Executive Director is a worthy recipient and was selected and nominated by worthy Nigerians for the Award.
The Executive Director, talked about the historical journey of the creation of CCD in 2002, he maintained that he remains committed to disability issues, and that he receives the award, on behalf of CCD Board of trustees, staff and volunteers nationwide. He thanked the African Voice Magazine for finding it worthy to give an award to a genuine course.
In attendance also were CCD Staff; Mrs Peace Ezekiel, Ubong Daniel and Humphrey Ukeaja.
PDP Convention: CCD Berates PDP for Exclusion of Persons With Disabilities from Party Excos
The Centre for Citizen with Disabilities (CCD) has berated the People’s Democratic Party PDP over Exclusion of Persons with Disabilities in the just conclude PDP Convention.
Mr David O. Anyaele, Executive Director, Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), expressed the disappointed in a press statement made available to the press.
Anyaele, said the development was quite unfortunate and called on the PDP leadership to take appropriate measure to implement section 30 of the Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2018.
“It is incomprehensible to note the none inclusion of persons with disabilities in the leadership positions of the People’s Democratic Party in the just concluded convention of the party in Abuja”.
“It is unacceptable to also note that out of the 21 elective positions of the National Executive Committee of the party, none is set aside for persons with disabilities neither is there any position for PWDs leader in the party hierarchy”.
“This is a sad reminder of the pains and agony the party caused the disability community during their 16 years reign at the centre. Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan, PDP leaders and the then Presidents of Nigeria denied assent to the National Disability Bill. The then Bill, now an Act Provide for the Full Integration Of Persons With Disabilities Into The Society, Establish The National Commission For Their Education, Health Care, Social, Economic And Civil Rights; And For Related Matters”.
“The Act provides in section 30. – (1) Persons with disabilities shall be encouraged to fully participate In politics and public life. (2) Government shall actively promote an environment in which persons with disabilities can effectively and fully participate in – (a) the conduct of public affairs without discrimination; (b) non-governmental organizations and associations concerned with the public and political life of the *country*; and (c) activities and administration of political parties”.
“This provision is in line with section 29 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which provides that States Parties shall guarantee to persons with disabilities political rights and the opportunity to enjoy them on an equal basis with others, and shall undertake to ensure that persons with disabilities can effectively and fully participate in political and public life on an equal basis with others, directly or through freely chosen representatives, including the right and opportunity for persons with disabilities to vote and be elected among others”.
“The non-inclusion and provision of office of PDP disability leader in the PDP constitution and the deliberate exclusion of persons with disabilities in the elective positions is a pointer that the future of the disability community in Nigeria is deemed in terms of participation in governance if PDP clicks to power come 2023”.
“We are calling on the PDP leadership to take appropriate measure to implement section 30 of the Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2018. The session provides for the full inclusion of citizens with disabilities in the party elective positions”.
“PDP should include the State and National Disability Leadership positions in their party constitution. This is to ensure inclusion of persons with disabilities in the party structure as obtainable in other parties’ constitution”.
“PDP leaders should know that the days of tokenism and charity based approach to dressing disability issues in Nigeria has gone since January 17, 2019 when President Mohammadu Buhari signed the Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2018”.
“With our project on enhancing access to justice and political participation of young, women and elderly persons with disabilities which is supported by Voice Nigeria, CCD is committed to the engagement of political parties, in particular the People’s Democratic Party to enhance persons with disabilities participation in party politics”.
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