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Mr David Anyaele, Convener, Coalition of Disability Organisation (CODO), has urged the Federal Government to step up efforts to provide amenities for People with Disabilities (PWD) at airports across the country.
Anyaele made the appeal on Wednesday at a public presentation and training on access to airport for persons with disabilities, held at Academy Guest House, Ikeja, Lagos.
The convener urged the government to train relevant personnel on ways to handle people with disabilities.He said that PWDs experienced challenges and discrimination in airports across the country.
“People with Disabilities experience a lot of hardship in the country and the difficulty in travelling through the airport isn’t easy at all because there are no basic amenities for us there.
“We are treated harshly by airport staff because of our disabilities, so special training should be organised for airport and airline personnel on the needs of PWDs and how best to meet them.
“In other countries, there are wheelchair elevators that convey us to the aircraft and back, but in this country, there is none like that, as even the bus that would carry you to the point of entry of the aircraft isn’t user friendly in all ramifications.
“The government needs to address this urgently because there are so many difficulties we experience in the airport and it shouldn’t be so,” he said.
Anyaele urged the Federal Government to carry out more enlightenment programmes on the need to respect the right of PWDs.
He said that there should be advocacy for the implementation and enforcement of the National Disability Laws and other laws in order to protect rights of persons with disabilities.
The convener said that travel information at airports should be provided in accessible formats for various categories of PWDs.
“The airport authorities need to go beyond the use of public address systems for announcement which persons with auditory impairment may not be able to decode.
“There should also be provision for inclusion of information at booking points so as to indicate their status and special needs, for airport officials to make necessary arrangements to meet their needs,” he said.
Mr Rabiu Yadudu, Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, (FAAN), in his remark, said that relevant personnel had been trained on how to attend to people with disabilities.
Yadudu, who was represented by Mr Ayinla Gbolahan, International Terminal Manager, Murtala Muhammed International Airport, said that the training would help in resolving some of the issues.
“The relevant personnel are being trained on how to provide the necessary needs of PWDs, especially those who provide assistive services in the airport.
“We are committed in ensuring that we provide the relevant services to make the airport comfortable for the people, so various steps have been carried out in ensuring that,” he said.
Mr Abdulwahab Matepo, a man with disability, told the News Agency of Nigeria,  that discrimination was a major problem for people with disabilities.
He said that amenities were not provided for disabled people in public places.“Discrimination against people with disabilities is a major problem in this country and this issue can be addressed by enlightening the public about this.“Also, in most public places, amenities for PWDs are not provided and one of the reasons for that is because of the discrimination against us.
“People need to realise that we are also human beings and we didn’t decide to be this way, so, we should be treated like every other being,” he said. 
PWDs seek better amenities at airportsMr David Anyaele, Convener Coalition of Disability Organisation (CODO), has urged the Federal Government to step up efforts to provide amenities for People with Disabilities (PWD) at airports across the country.
Anyaele made the appeal on Wednesday at a public presentation and training on access to airport for persons with disabilities, held at Academy Guest House, Ikeja, Lagos. The convener urged the government to train relevant personnel on ways to handle people with disabilities.
He said that PWDs experienced challenges and discrimination in airports across the country.
 “People with Disabilities experience a lot of hardship in the country and the difficulty in travelling through the airport isn’t easy at all because there are no basic amenities for us there.
“We are treated harshly by airport staff because of our disabilities, so special training should be organised for airport and airline personnel on the needs of PWDs and how best to meet them.

 “In other countries, there are wheelchair elevators that convey us to the aircraft and back, but in this country, there is none like that, as even the bus that would carry you to the point of entry of the aircraft isn’t user friendly in all ramifications.
“The government needs to address this urgently because there are so many difficulties we experience in the airport and it shouldn’t be so,” he said.

 Anyaele urged the Federal Government to carry out more enlightenment programmes on the need to respect the right of PWDs.
He said that there should be advocacy for the implementation and enforcement of the National Disability Laws and other laws in order to protect rights of persons with disabilities.
The convener said that travel information at airports should be provided in accessible formats for various categories of PWDs.
“The airport authorities need to go beyond the use of public address systems for announcement which persons with auditory impairment may not be able to decode. “There should also be provision for inclusion of information at booking points so as to indicate their status and special needs, for airport officials to make necessary arrangements to meet their needs,” he said.
Mr Rabiu Yadudu, Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, (FAAN), in his remark, said that relevant personnel had been trained on how to attend to people with disabilities.
Yadudu, who was represented by Mr Ayinla Gbolahan, International Terminal Manager, Murtala Muhammed International Airport, said that the training would help in resolving some of the issues.
“The relevant personnel are being trained on how to provide the necessary needs of PWDs, especially those who provide assistive services in the airport.
“We are committed in ensuring that we provide the relevant services to make the airport comfortable for the people, so various steps have been carried out in ensuring that,” he said.
Mr Abdulwahab Matepo, a man with disability, told the News Agency of Nigeria, that discrimination was a major problem for people with disabilities. He said that amenities were not provided for disabled people in public places.
“Discrimination against people with disabilities is a major problem in this country and this issue can be addressed by enlightening the public about this.
“Also, in most public places, amenities for PWDs are not provided and one of the reasons for that is because of the discrimination against us.
“People need to realise that we are also human beings and we didn’t decide to be this way, so, we should be treated like every other being,” he said.
(NAN)

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BREAKING: EFCC Arrests Ex-NDDC MD Nsima Ekere Over Alleged N47bn Fraud

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Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday, arrested the former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Nsima Ekere for alleged diversion of funds to the tune of N47 billion through registered contractors of the agency.

This is according to the Commission’s spokesperson Wilson Uwajaren who confirmed the development.

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ASUU Strike: NANS to Shut Down all International Airports

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The National Association Of Nigerian Students alongside the National Association of University Students, South-West zone, has stated that it is ready to shut down all international airports over the failure of the Federal Government to address the lingering strike action of the Academic Staff Union of Universities and other staff unions.

In a press statement made available on Wednesday, jointly signed by the leadership of NANS and NAUS, South-West zones, that is, the NANS coordinator – SW, Adegboye Olatunji; Deputy Coordinator, Alao John; Public Relations Officer, Awoyinfa Opeoluwa; and NAUS SW Vice President, Adesoji Oladimeji, the students said they had waited long enough for the FG to resolve the crises.

The statement read in part, “It is timely and urgent to address this press conference today with a view of putting an end to the long lingering strike action of ASUU and ASUP, and for a total reformation of the educational sector.

“The leadership of NANS Zone D in conjunction with NAUS has taken it upon itself to categorically stand against the dilapidated state of the educational sector in Nigeria.

“We have waited for so long to see if the Federal Government will dance to the music of Nigerian students who have been clamoring for an end to the ASUU strike, but the reverse is the case. We’ve had several press conferences, granted several interviews, and held several meetings to plead with both ASUU and the Federal Government. Our future is been jeopardised. We’re in a country where age is a key factor in the labor market.

“Aviation unions gave a two-day warning strike on shut down of flight operations. A meeting was scheduled by the Federal Government and the strike action was called off in less than 24 hours because the first-class citizen would be affected. But it is so obvious that none of them is affected by the ASUU / ASUP strike. They have their children all over the world enjoying a smooth educational system.

“On Monday, May 16, 2022, the Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris was arrested over alleged money laundering and diversion of public funds of at least N80 billion by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Where is the integrity of the government preaching against corruption? How much of the public funds would have settled the educational sector and put an end to the yearly ASUU/ASUP Strike action?

“For so long, ASUU/ASUP strike had been ongoing and the Federal Government has not been showing concern through the Minister of Education.

“We are ready to take the bull by the horn as Nigerian students will not remain silent and watch our future being ruined by the prolonged ASUU/ASUP strike.

“According to the Commandment of Solidarity, We’re on the last of the three ‘Cs’ of Aluta which is confrontation. This is the time to call on all Nigerian students across all zones to come out in mass to take over all international airports in the country. Nigerian Students are tired of the long-overdue strike action.

“The leadership of NANS, Zone D, in conjunction with NAUS hereby, declare a massive protest to shut down all international airports in Nigeria. We must state categorically to the Federal Government that all activities shall be shut down by over 22 million Nigerian students across South-West Nigeria until ASUU/ASUP strike is called off.

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N80b Fraud: Accountant General Suspended Indefinitely Over Alleged N80bn Fraud

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The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, has suspended the Accountant General of the Federation, Mr. Ahmed Idris, over the allegations by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) that he laundered over N80 billion.

It was  gathered that the minister directed that Idris should proceed on indefinite suspension pending the outcome of the investigation

Media Adviser to the Minister, Mr. Yunusa Tanko, confirmed the suspension to our correspondent.
Confirming the development to Daily Trust in a telephone interview, Abdullahi said, “The AGF has been suspended by the Finance Minister. His suspension will be indefinite until the investigations by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has been concluded.”

The EFCC arrested Idris on Monday, noting that the AGF’s arrest followed verified intelligence that he allegedly “raked off the funds through bogus consultancies and other illegal activities using proxies, family members and close associates.”

The commission’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren in a statement said the funds were laundered through real estate investments in Kano and Abuja.

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