People With Disabilities (PWDs) have cried out over discrimination in employment for Ministries Department and Agencies in Kogi State.
Kogi State Chairman of PWDs, Comrade Ibrahim Arome, who disclosed this on Friday against the backdrop of the 2021 World Disability Day lamented that many of his members have been denied employment opportunities even when they have the capacity to deliver.
Arome, who noted that there is ability in disability, called on the Kogi State Government to implement the disability rights law to address some of these challenges affecting his people.
He added that there is a need for the government to establish the disability commission to enable PWDs to have a sense of belonging in the state.
Arome explained further that PWDs lack mobility in the state stressing that the special schools across the state have been abandoned by the government thereby making education difficult for their members as the existing public schools in Kogi State are not accessible.
“We use this year’s celebration to appeal to the executive Governor Alh. Yahaya Bello kindly implement the disability right law and establish a disability commission in Kogi state. Governor Yahaya Bello should kindly provide PWD’s with mobility (Bus) because to our special being, mobility is not for fashion but a necessity.
“We are also appealing that the Government should ensure that all the MDAs in Kogi state obeys and adheres to the disability Act 2018 and reserve at least 5% of every employment, empowerment and appointment for PWDs,” he said.
“The Kogi state Governor kindly gives immediate order through the appropriate quotas for the renovation of special skills schools across the state and equip them with the learning special materials and manpower to help reduce the risk of our special members traveling to other states to acquire education”.
In his lecture titled “Bringing out the abilities in persons with disability”, the Chairman, Southwest Nigeria Association of the Deaf, Mr. Sulaiman Akinremi, said more than 500 million people in the world are disabled as a consequence of mental, physical, or sensory impairment.
Akinremi said, “In the majority of these countries, it is estimated that 1 in 10 persons has a physical, mental or sensory impairment and at least 25% of the entire population is adversely affected by the presence of disabilities.
“It is also estimated that at least 75% percent of these people live in developing countries and living in areas where they do not receive the services needed to enable them to overcome their limitations. Disabled people in the developing world often face more acute barriers than those in developed nations mostly those living in Isolated rural areas in the developing world. In some countries 20% of the population are disabled.
“It can be estimated that, when disabled people’s relatives are included, 50% of the population is affected by disability. In addition, disabled people are the poorest of the poor. They often do not have access to adequate medical services and where such services exist, the medical personnel lacks the experience of their needs”.
He noted that any country or society that is on the path to greatness will need to take a pragmatic shift in its orientation about persons with disabilities and it will greatly influence whether persons with disabilities become assets or liabilities.
“PWDs faced a lot of challenges but they are not limited by their disabilities except those placed in their ways by government and society. Though people may doubt the capacity of PWDs to prove their abilities, they have often proved them wrong. They are able to take negativities and turn them into motivation and drive with their different abilities.
“The world is witnessing a rapid transformation in thoughts, concepts, and behaviours aimed at bringing about development. Government and society cannot afford to be left behind by clinging to outdated ideas or concepts inhibiting transformation by undervaluing the particularly important and leading roles PWDs have to play,” he added.
Earlier in her address, the Kogi State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajia Fatima Kabir Buba said the present administration has continued to give priority to PWDs in the state stressing that over 2000 People With Disabilities benefited from the N10,000 COVID-19 palliative in 2021.
Represented by the Ministry Permanent Secretary, Mr. Aleni Emmanuel Allenclay, the Commissioner said, “Persons with disabilities are a very important segment of our population that requires special treatment.
“The Administration of new direction agenda under the leadership of His Excellency the Governor of Kogi State Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello is working assiduously towards giving a new liaise of life to PWDs in the area of education, health care, empowerment, and legal support system as well as main streams them into the State Development Plan”.
DAILY POST reports that, on September 23rd, 2013, the UN General Assembly convened the historic high-level meeting on disability and development aimed at creating a fully disabled agenda inclusive society.
The 2021 World Disability Day has the theme “Leadership and Participation of PWDs towards an inclusive accessible and sustainable post-covid-19 world”.
DAILY POST also reports that the World Disability Day in Kogi State which was organized by, the leprosy mission Nigeria, Sightsavers, had in attendance, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prod James Apam, Kogi State Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps,(NSCDC), and the Commissioner of Police, Kogi State.
The day is celebrated on December 3rd every year.
2021 World Disability Day: We suffer discrimination to get employment in Kogi – PWDs
More millionaires emerge in Fidelity Bank’s second GAIM 5 Promo draw
Leading African financial institution, Fidelity Bank Plc, has announced the second set of millionaires in its Get Alert in Millions Season 5 promo (GAIM 5) which held recently in Victoria Island, Lagos.
The event was witnessed by Ms Oyinkan Kusamotu, Senior Legal Officer, Lagos State Lotteries & Gaming Authority; Mr Tanko Mohammed, Head, Monitoring & Enforcement, Lagos State Lotteries and Gaming Authority; Mrs Susie Onwuka, Head, Lagos Office, Federal Competition & Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) and Ms Chioma Amanoh, Lagos Office, National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC).
Since the commencement of the fifth season of the promo in November 2021, the bank has enriched over 460 customers with various cash prizes. So far, 10 lucky customers have been rewarded with a million naira each.
This month, Fidelity Bank continued its tradition of rewarding loyal customers which has seen Ajoma Rachel, Stanley Sunday, Musbahu Kabiru, Usman Abdulkadir, John Uchechukwu, Oluwatayo Oladipupo, Esther Eloho, Sophia Sefera, Amarachi Sarah Anyacho, and Obi Chinelo emerge as the next set of millionaires in the promo.
Dr. Ken Okpara, Executive Director overseeing the Bank’s Lagos and Southwest Directorate, stated that, “As a bank that places our customers at the centre of everything we do, we are always looking for opportunities to help our customers grow.
“Two months ago, we kicked off the GAIM 5 promo to reward our customers and demonstrate our commitment to improving their lives and wellbeing. Today, we are excited at how happy we have made some of our most loyal customers. We remain committed to providing rewarding experiences and best-in-class services for our clients.”
Divisional Head, Product Development, Osita Ede said: “We have earmarked the sum of N125million for total cash rewards this season which we would be giving out in weekly, monthly and grand draws till the campaign ends in July 2022.
“We encourage our customers to save up to increase their chance of winning and those yet to open an account to do so today. At the end of the campaign season, we want to celebrate customers who make savings second nature.
Fidelity Bank is a full-fledged commercial bank operating in Nigeria, with about 6million customers who are serviced across its 250 business offices and digital banking channels. The bank is known for exceptional customer service and digital innovation.
More millionaires emerge in Fidelity Bank’s second GAIM 5 Promo draw
Surgeons gave me scary news, pray for me – Metuh begs Nigerians
Olisa Metuh, a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has pleaded with Nigerians to pray for him over his health.
Metuh took to Facebook page sharing a picture of him on a sick bed, as he revealed he had to undertake many surgeries last year.
His post read , “In the last one year, I have had many surgeries and procedures and I’m believing God this will be my last.
“No matter how angry you have been about my outspokenness or outright naked challenge to power back then, please pray for me.
“The cankerworm had eaten deeply into my health, it has not been easy with me and I’ve only remained whole through the mercies of God.”
The PDP chieftain said he received scary news from his surgeons but hopes that God would heal him.
“I got some scary news from the surgeons today, but my faith remains in God Almighty and with your prayers and by His stripes I am healed and would remain whole in Jesus name,” Metuh said.
DAILY POST recalls that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, arraigned Metuh in 2016 on seven counts of money laundering for allegedly receiving N400million from the national security adviser’s office.
In February 2020, Judge Okong Abang declared Metuh guilty on all counts of money laundering and sentenced him to seven years in prison.
In March 2020, Metuh, through his counsel, filed an appeal and was freed from Kuje prison in December 2020. He was granted N250m bail.
Surgeons gave me scary news, pray for me – Metuh begs Nigerians
Osun 2022: Battle for who becomes governor intensifies as infighting grips PDP, APC
The APC saga, Adegboyega Oyetola and IleriOluwa
After Oyetola’s victory in the courts, members who left the party in anger before the 2018 election began to retrace their steps back to the APC.
But there was perceived thawing in the party because the governor, Adegboyega Oyetola is not from the western part of the state but rather from Osun central, a zone that has produced the governor on two occasions totalling a twelve-year rule.
Political appointments further divided the party members as some perceived to be loyalists of the immediate past governor, Rauf Aregbesola were sidelined and marked out for punishment despite all they did to ensure that Oyetola not only got the party ticket but won in the election and also in the judicial battle that immediately preceded the polls.
Matters got to a head when a new faction known as The Osun Progressives (TOP) emerged in the party and canvassed seriously for addressing the perceived injustice meted out to some party members.
This move by TOP which enjoys the backing of Rauf Aregbesola who is now the Minister of Interior did not go down well with the state governor, Adegboyega Oyetola and his supporters within the party, IleriOluwa.
Members of the TOP were vilified and harangued at every opportunity and suddenly became persona non grata within the state chapter of the party.
The TOP chairman, Adelowo Adebiyi became a pariah and was suspended by the Elders caucus of the party in the state.
The quarrel between the state governor and his predecessor took another twist last Friday when Rauf Aregbesola in a public gathering in Ilesa declared that he is a member of the TOP faction and therefore recognised the Rasaq Salinsile faction of the party in favour of the Gboyega Famodun faction which supports the state governor.
The quarrel of both men can be traced to the reversal of the single uniform and school policy of the Rauf Aregbesola administration, the acceptance of Senator Iyiola Omisore into the APC from the SDP in 2021, Oyetola’s refusal to present Rauf Aregbesola as his ministerial nominee from Osun State in 2019 and the persecution that members of the party loyal to Aregbesola are being subjected to which necessitated the birth of TOP.
The quarrel led the state chapter of the APC to hold parallel congresses in both the ward, local government and state levels with both factions coming out with parallel executive committees.
While the TOP faction has Rasaq Salinsile as its chairman and has been duly sworn in, the faction which enjoys the support of the state governor and is chaired by Gboyega Famodun is still maintaining its executive council-elect designation which conforms with the directive of the national secretariat of the party.
As it is, the ruling APC in Osun State split into two with The Osun Progressives and IleriOluwa caucuses spearheading two factions that have threatened to tear the party apart even at the national level because the APC National Leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu who is also gunning for the presidential slot of the party is the maternal uncle of governor Adegboyega Oyetola and by implication a native of Iragbiji, the headquarters of Boripe local government area of the state.
It is no secret that the supremacy battle between the incumbent governor and his former boss, who is now the Minister of Interior created a rift between Aregbesola and Tinubu who many know as the latter’s political benefactor.
With the visit of the Abdullahi Adamu led National Reconciliation Committee of the party and with the demands put forward by both factions in the party, the national secretariat would soon have to come out with a stance that may either make or mar their chances in the 2023 general elections.
This is to note how truly important the 2022 Osun Gubernatorial Election is.
Although Governor Adegboyega Oyetola has not formally come out to indicate interest in contesting for a second term as Osun governor, he nevertheless last week during an unannounced visit to the meeting of the Osun State Traditional Rulers Council revealed that he will be vying for a second term as governor of the state.
These words were all that was needed for Senator Ajibola Basiru and his team to hurriedly purchase the nomination and intention form for the state governor.
Meanwhile, in one of the meetings of the Salinsile led faction of the party, Lasun Yusuff, a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Najeem Salam, the former Speaker, Osun State House of Assembly and Moshood Adeoti, former Secretary to the State Government under Rauf Aregbesola all declared to work against the second term ambitions of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola.
Yusuff who said nobody born of a woman could stop his ambition claimed he was rigged out of the 2018 gubernatorial race to clear a passage for the incumbent governor.
Now, rumours making the rounds have it that a consensus arrangement has been reached and that both Adeoti and Yusuff would be given senatorial tickets while Najeem Salam would be the party’s candidate for the polls.
As of now, nothing has been heard from Governor Oyetola camp.
It must be recalled, however, that due to the changes carried out by the Adegboyega Oyetola in recent times, the governor has been able to get the support of a large majority.
Different tribal groups in the state, traders, and others have continued to pledge their support for his leadership style and also for his second term ambition.
One of the heartwarming decisions the administration made was the splitting of the co-owned Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) which has campuses in Ogbomoso and Osogbo with the teaching hospital in Osogbo now renamed the Osun State University Teaching Hospital (UTH), Osogbo.
The changing of school uniform to what was obtained pre-Rauf Aregbesola administration and the returning of schools to primary and secondary rather than the elementary, middle and high school classification of Aregbesola.
Surprisingly, analysts believe the quarrel between Adegboyega Oyetola and Rauf Aregbesola, his predecessor in office may work to his advantage.
Many people see the quarrel as a battle for survival and independence and a test of manhood. Oyetola, it is said, needs his independence and should be left alone to govern Osun without interference from within and outside.
Despite the quarrels, Governor Oyetola has continued to insist that Aregbesola is his brother and that he would work for his success in the 2022 gubernatorial election while Aregbesola who identified with TOP, has not categorically said he would work against the victory of Oyetola in the election if he becomes the APC candidate.
Views of the public
Ayodeji Ologun, a social commentator said it would be difficult for Adeleke to repeat the electoral feat of 2018 although it is not impossible given the present dynamics of politics in the state.
Ologun who insisted 2018 was a referendum on Aregbesola claimed the people wanted a change no matter who was presented just like it happened with president Muhammadu Buhari.
He added that the present Governor has been able to prove his mettle and changed the narratives of governance for good and by the alignment of an Omisore, victory for Ademola Adeleke has become more difficult.
Assessing Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, he disclosed that like every other leader, the governor is fallible and has made his share of mistakes and bad policy choices, but in all, he remains one of the finest leaders of the present age.
He maintained this is because the governor listens, does the will of the people even where policy change is inevitable.
Meanwhile, Wole Oke, a PDP stalwart in Osun while speaking on his preference for Senator Ademola Adeleke said, “I have my reasons for supporting Senator Ademola Adeleke. Among all the aspirants, he is the most ready and prepared candidate to lead. He has what it takes to deliver us. I have listened to and read the CV of others who think they are better. Such arguments are at best very subjective.
“Are we saying Senator Adeleke has no native intelligence? Are they saying he is not a success story? Someone who raised a successful family with his children doing well?
“I can go on and on to tell you the good things about my preferred candidate. I am out to sell him to the delegates.
“It is a fallacy for any person to want to control party structure. I don’t believe in it.
“You may have the party structure and yet lose out at the primaries if you fail to sell yourself and win the hearts of the delegates.
“In all the 30 local governments and area offices, I will go all out to scout for delegates for my preferred candidate.
“If they beat us at the primary we would all follow them.”
Oladele Bamiji, the Director of Media of the Osun PDP speaking with DAILY POST said the chances of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola not returning for a second term are based on the abysmal performance of his administration which has negatively impacted the standard of living of people in the state.
Bamiji attributed the tiredness of the people and the clamour for a change to the alleged abysmal performance of Oyetola
As per the chances of an Ademola Adeleke victory in both the PDP state primary election and at the poll come July 16, he stressed that the electorates have been able to compare and arrived at a safe realisation that an Ademola Adeleke governorship is a far better option.
He noted that it was now clear that the electorate prefer a PDP government to the APC, adding that the people cannot continue to live like slaves in their state.
Other political parties and other contenders
The political terrain in Osun State, for now, can only boast of just two political parties; APC and PDP.
It appears other political parties have not woken up to the reality that a gubernatorial election will be held in the state come July 16, 2022.
Nothing has been heard from their camps till now. Even the political party that came third in the 2018 elections; the Social Democratic Party (SDP) is still in a deep sleep and has not really recovered from its shocking dumping by Senator Iyiola Omisore.
The final battle
The date for the epic battle has been decided but till now, the two top contending political parties have not been able to organise party primaries in the state.
Whether there is a battle within the two major political sorties and whether the aspirants are still busy shredding themselves apart, the fact remains that a gubernatorial election will hold in Osun State and a governor will be sworn in on Sunday, November 27, 2022.
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