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World disability day: NGO organizes seminar to sensitise on disability law



Hope for the Village Child Foundation (HVCF), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), in collaboration with TLM/Liliane fond, has organised a seminar to interpret a recently-passed state law as the way forward for people living with disability in Kaduna state.

Organised as part of activities marking the World Disability Day, the disability bill was recently passed by the state House of Assembly and assented to by the Executive Governor of the state, Malam Nasir El-Rufai.

In an interview shortly after the programme, Sister Juliana Ekwanya, Deputy Director of (HVCF), called on People with disability to be proud of who they were as God’s special creation.

She said they should find joy in using some of their God given talent to make a difference in the society.

“They should not live in pity or see themselves as people that are not loved by God , he has created everyone uniquely ” she said.

She noted that they should see the avenue presented to them to develop themselves and also feel comfortable where they find themselves.

According to her, HVCF was working toward giving hope to those who, the world saw as nothing good c come out of them.

On his part, Mr Michael Ogundele, HVCF head of unit, special needs, said the programme was organized to commemorate the World Disability Day and to also interpret the Kaduna disability law and how to access it.

He said the disability bill had been passed into law, and yet PLWDs found it difficult to access it due to lack of knowledge of what the law stood for.

“We take it upon ourselves to break it down and what they should do, and also to interpret to the level they can understand , if anything happens to them and where they should go to get their rights”, he said.

Barr Grace Auta, while calling on the PLWDs not to lose hope, irrespective of challenges they faced, said that with the passage of the law their was succour for them.

She added that so many of their rights that had been violated would be addressed, adding that society also needed enlightenment on how to treat people living with disability .

Auta also noted that while there were so many complaints from the PLWDs on how they were being unfairly treated in the society, the law sought to address their major challenges through the state disability Board.

“To collaborate with relevant ministries and parastatals or corporate bodies for the issuance of directives in designing buildings to make it accessible and usable to PLWDs.

She said the disability board would be saddled with the responsibility to Investigate and make necessary referrals to relevant authority for sanction or enforcement .

According to her, the board would also perform other functions as maybe necessary to uplift the general standard of PLWDs and effective implementation of the law.

While calling for more advocacy for people to know the consequences of violating the right of PLWDs, the state government should ensure speedy implementation of the law because implementation had always been a challenge.

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Photos of Arnold Schwarzenegger involved in car crash



Hollywood actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger has been involved in a car accident, his spokesman has confirmed.

The four-vehicle crash, which occurred on Friday afternoon, January 21 in Los Angeles left one person with injuries, Los Angeles Police said.

Photos from the scene published by TMZ show a large SUV on top of at least two vehicles at an intersection in Brentwood while the ‘Terminator’ actor can be seen standing nearby.

Police said that no arrest has been made and ruled out the involvement of drugs and alcohol.

Officers did not identify those involved but the actor and former California governor’s spokesman confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that he was driving the SUV when the incident occurred.

A report by police, seen by CBS Los Angeles, said that the SUV driver was “near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Allenford Avenue, when a collision occurred with a red Prius making a u-turn as he continued through a ‘red arrow’ signal to turn left.”

It added that the SUV rolled on top of the Prius and ended up hitting two other vehicles.

One person was taken to hospital by ambulance, but the injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

Schwarzenegger’s spokesman said that the actor was uninjured and had spoken with emergency services and the injured person.

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Minna district head suspended over forceful marriage



District Head of Allawa in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, Mallam Bello Haruna has been suspended by Minna Emirate Council for engaging in forceful marriage.

The district head who was accused of forcefully marrying out a girl (name withheld), humiliating her father and also ordering that she be beaten by vigilantes, was also accused of insubordination by not answering the calls from the Emirate council leaders to explain some of the complaints against him.

In a letter signed by the Emirate’s assistant secretary, Usman Umaru Guni, the district head was accused of not having the leadership qualities necessary for peace and progress of the community he was appointed to lead.

Galadima Allawa, Ahmadu Magaji has now been appointed as the acting district head.

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Nnamdi Kanu: Imo residents observe sit-at-home for IPOB leader’s trial



Residents of Imo State, especially Orlu town and Owerri municipal, on Tuesday, stayed indoors to observe the sit-at-home order issued by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in solidarity with its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who appeared in court today.

It was gathered that the state secretariat, motor parks, schools, banks, shops and markets across the major cities were all shut down.

Even the Imo State University junction, Government House Roundabout, Control Post Roundabout, Warehouse junction Roundabout, Ikenegbu, Mbari, Douglas, Okigwe Road, and Wethedral Roads, were scanty.

In Orlu, the ever-busy Banana junction and Okwudo junction were more like ghost towns.

A journalist, Mr Martin Nwoke, in Owerri North Local Government Area of the state, made a passionate appeal to the Federal Government to release Nnamdi Kanu.

He said Imolites and the people of southeast states were the ones suffering the heat of the order.

Nwoke said, “In this part of the world, everything we do here involves money. I am begging President Buhari to pity us and free Nnamdi Kanu.”

A lawyer, Barr. Emeka Obi, told our correspondent that he could not go to file a court process due to non-availability of transport, while children, who could not go to school, resorted to playing football on the streets at Akwakuma.

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