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Persons With Disabilities Drag FG To NASS Over Abuse, Neglect

By Eric Ufom

Persons with disabilities have filed a petition to the National Assembly against the Federal Republic of Nigeria alleging abuse and neglect.

The petition titled “Chronological Order, Historic Documentary Report/Petition, Against the Federal Republic of Nigeria [Part 1], was addressed to the President of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, Speaker of the House of Representative, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila and the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representative, Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase.

It was addressed to the Nigerian National Assembly care of: Mr. Nelson Ayewoh, Senate Clerk and Mr. Mohammed Ataba Sani-Omolori, Clerk, House of Representatives.

The petition reads:

Sir, 

The attached please Sir, find our, “COVID-19-May Workers Day:  PART ONE: Chronological Order, Historic Documentary Report/Petition, Against the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Demand for the Immediate Establishment of an Independent Implementation Commission for the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2018 (Nigerians with Disabilities Act (NDA)), The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 2030 Agenda, “TO FREE AND LET OUR PEOPLE GO,” for your urgent attention and redress.

On behalf of over 31 million Nigerians and one billion Persons with Disabilities worldwide, 10 million Almajiris and millions of victims of Terrorism, Bandits, kidnapping, armed robbery, man-made and natural disasters, Climate Change, waste, Transboundary, indoors and outdoors Air pollutions and their massive health effects which causes permanent disabilities the victims if they are not dead, we the Nigerian-Americans with Disabilities Living in the United States, our Nigerian and American Registered Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs), Equal Rights for Persons with Disabilities International, Inc., (ERPWDI) (aka Equal Rights for Persons with Disabilities Initiative (ERPWDI) FESTAC-USA, Inc., Kaysom Holding, Inc., Center for Advocacy and Citizens with Disabilities and other Allies, moves to send this heartfelt very thank you note, to the National Assembly’s members of the Senate and House of Representatives for the extra productive emergency meeting of the joint National Assembly and the Hon. Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Developments, on April 7, 2020, which failed to include our Nigerians leaders of over 31 million Nigerians with Disabilities, 10 million Alamajiris and millions of victims of Terrorism, bandits, kidnapping, etc.

Therefore Sir, the main focus of this petition is on the valid, arguable and verifiable subjects of civil, human, disability and Constitutional questions/issues, which you discussed and clearly stated bellow. We humbly and respectfully ask you to please Sir, patiently study the outcome of your meeting bellow and our COVID-19-May Workers Day: PART ONE: Chronological Order Historic Documentary Report/Petition Against the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Demand for the Immediate Establishment of an Independent Implementation Commission for the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2018 (Nigerians with Disabilities Act (NDA)), The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 2030 Agenda, “TO FREE AND LET OUR PEOPLE GO.”

LAWAN, GBAJABIAMILA FAULT SIP IMPLEMENTATION, WANT THE SCHEME BACKED BY LAW

08/04/2020: Signed by: Ola Awoniyi, Special Adviser (Media) to Senate President

“The leadership of the National Assembly has faulted the way the Social Investment Programme of the Federal Government is being implemented and called for an enabling legislation in line with global best practices. The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila made their reservations about the scheme at a meeting held on Tuesday with the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Haji Sadiya Umar Farouq and some top officials of the Ministry. The meeting was attended by the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, Deputy Speaker, Idris Wase and some other principal officers and members from both Chambers.”

“The meeting convened by the leadership of the National Assembly against the backdrop of the ongoing Federal Government intervention initiatives aimed at reducing the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on the most vulnerable Nigerians. Lawan and Gbajabiamila made it abundantly clear that the Social Investment Programme which was established in 2016 under the Presidency but which is now under the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs needed a reform to make it more efficient and effective.”

“In his opening remarks, Lawan said the National Assembly is very much interested in the current Intervention initiatives of the ministry particularly with respect to the disbursement aimed at assuaging the plight of the poorest of the poor Nigerians against COVID-19. “We feel that we need to work together with you to ensure that there is effectiveness, there is efficiency, that those who are supposed to benefit, benefit directly,” Lawan said. The Senate President said the National Assembly is concerned about the conditions and guidelines for the intervention programmes which are specifically directed at the most vulnerable Nigerians. “When for example, some conditions are set, that those who will benefit will have to go online, through the internet or BVN and the rest of it. “I want to tell you that the majority of those who are supposed to benefit have no access to power. They have no access to Internet.”

“They have no bank account, so no BVN.” In fact, many of them don’t even have phones and these are the poorest of the poor. Yet, some of the conditions or guidelines which you set inadvertently leave them out,” Lawan said. The Senate President said the poorest of the poor have not been sufficiently captured by the programme. “We believe that when we work together, the Executive side of government and the National Assembly as representatives of the people, we will be able to reach much more of these people who are in serious distress even before the Coronavirus. “Now with Coronavirus, they need our attention more than ever before.”

“The time has come that we review the ways and manner we use to deliver the services under the SIP to Nigerians. “We need to be better in terms of strategy for delivery and definitely, what we have been doing in the past cannot deliver exactly what will solve the challenges of the most ordinary and most vulnerable Nigerians. “So, we need to put on our thinking cap and work out some strategies on how to identify the poorest persons in Nigeria. I think we have not been able to reach far out there to get them properly captured,” Lawan said. Speaking in the same vein, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Gbajabiamila told the minister that she is right now in the eye of the storm because all eyes are on her “Your job right now, is probably the most important as we speak, because you are saddled with the responsibility of alleviating ‘poverty’ or the hardship, due to no fault of anyone, being thrust upon Nigerians, and I know that you came into a system, or you met a system that has nothing to do with you, but what we will be asking you to do is for you to change that system. “When you walk into a system, no system is 100 percent perfect. The word reform is something we use all the time, and this is the one time when that word reform must be used in the truest sense of that word.”

“”The questions are going to be asked, how do you come about your list, how comprehensive is your distribution list? What are the parameters? What is the geographical spread? So, these are tough questions that are going to be asked but I want you to look at them as frank questions that we need to ask. “If you really want to define the meaning of representation, if that was being practiced in the real meaning of representation, then we shouldn’t be here. Because all the questions we want to ask, we should already have the answers. We should be providing those answers to the Nigerian people we represent. “But if they ask me, as the speaker of the House, or ask the Senate President or any of my colleagues here, we are going to be struggling for answers. If we were really representing, then we will not need to ask because we will have the answers,” Gbajabiamila said.” For details please visit: https://www.nassnig.org/news/item/1486.

COVID-19 Pandemic: Therefore, we are very angry about how the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has been acting during this ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, by continuing with Nigeria’s usual well documented, known and recognized, over one Century’s old (Since 1914 Amalgamation of Nigeria), bad practices of gross marginalization, disenfranchisement, discrimination, denial of programs and services, etc.., of Nigerians with Disabilities under their direct cares.

We are angry because even though that it establishes Prima Facie entitlement to without further delays, “TO FREE AND LET OUR PEOPLE GO,” by establishing an independent, implementation Commission for the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act, 2018, (Nigerians with Disabilities Act (NDA), our Federal Government is still not being truthful in their actions.

“Nothing About Us, without Us,” and Without Us, Nothing About Us.”

Sir, you are very correct in the aforementioned observation on April 7, 2020, because since, “The Social Investment Programme which was established in 2016, under the Presidency but which is now under the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs needed a reform to make it more efficient and effective,” none of the real leaders of 31 million Nigerians with Disabilities, 10 million Almajiris, millions of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) and others were contacted by the Presidency and the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Developments.

COVID-19 PANDEMIC NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT & TASKFORCE: Before and as at the time of the meeting on April 7, 2020, until today, the only legally approved and registered known and recognized,  umbrella body organizations of Nigerians with Disabilities, is the Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities of Nigeria (JONAPWD). Per the Corporate Affairs of Nigeria’s registration on July 8, 2008, it has only 4 Board of Trustees members, lead by Prince Paul Adelabu, as Board Chairman, Miss Omotunde Ellen Thompson, as the Secretary/Deputy Board Chairperson, Mr. Usman Nahuche,  Member and Ms. Ene Ede, member. Please see the attached copy of the Corporate Affairs Commission, certificate of incorporation. The ruling party of Nigeria called, All Progressive Congress (APC), have a Disability National Leader called, Alhaji Mishbahu Lawan Didi. While Dr. Samuel Odeh Ankeli, is the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Disability Matters and there is also another Special Assistant to the President on Disability Matters. There are equally several Disability Desk Officers for the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation and the Office of the Secretary General of the Federation of Nigeria. This is in gross violation of The UN CRPD, Article 4 – General obligations, especially, 4.3.

COVID-19 PANDEMIC NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT & TASKFORCE:  The UN CRPD, Article 4 – General obligations, especially, 4.3, stated and mandated as clearly explained by the International Disability Alliance (IDA) that; “Throughout the negotiation process and adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), persons with Disabilities and their representative Organizations have maintained the call of “Nothing About us, Without Us”. This is articulated in Article 4.3 of the Convention, which states that: “In the development and implementation of the legislation and policies to implement the present Convention, and in other decision-making processes concerning issues relating to persons with disabilities, States Parties shall closely consult with an actively involve persons with disabilities, including children with disabilities, through their representatives organizations. A Conference of States Parties to the CRPD must include the voices of persons with Disabilities and their representative organizations in order to meet the standard and commitments laid out in the CRPD.”

“No One Left Behind,” Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 2030 Agenda

Please Sir, as you study and considers this valid, debatable and verifiable, “PART ONE: Chronological Order Historic Documentary Report/Petition Against the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Demand for the Immediate Establishment of an Independent Implementation Commission for the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2018 (Nigerians with Disabilities Act (NDA)), The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 2030 Agenda, “TO FREE AND LET OUR PEOPLE GO.””

Please Sir, take note that we are a huge political constituency of consequences.  That from this Post COVID-19 pandemic, we will no longer keep quite. That we will start raising money for use in going to courts and through other readily available nonviolent means, to include, engaging into multiple nationwide demonstrations, to seek redress and permanently, stop over one Century’s Government abuse, marginalization, disenfranchisement,  discrimination, denial of programs and services, disability-inclusive and accessible developments, national and 36 states annual budgets, SDGs, 2030 Agenda, against our people, in gross violations of the UN CRPD.

2020 Estimated Total Population of Nigerians with Disabilities

The 2011, World Bank and   WHO | World report on disability – World Health Organization, states that, “About 15% of the world’s population lives with some form of disability, of whom 2-4% experience significant difficulties in functioning. The global disability prevalence is higher than previous WHO estimates, which date from the 1970s and suggested a figure of around 10%. This global estimate for disability is on the rise due to population ageing and the rapid spread of chronic diseases, as well as improvements in the methodologies used to measure disability.” For details please visit: https://www.who.int/disabilities/world_report/2011/report/en/

According to the Nigeria Population (2020) – Worldometer, the 2019 estimated Total Population of Nigeria was, 200,963,599. For details, please visit: Nigeria Population (2020) – Worldometer

Nigeria Population (2020) – Worldometer

Population of Nigeria: current, historical, and projected population, growth rate, immigration, median age, tota…

15% of 200,963,599, is, 30,144,539.85.

April, 2020 estimated total Population of Nigeria is, 206,139,589.

15% of 206,139,589, is, 30,920,938.35

Therefore, per World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation, estimated average populations of Nigerians with disabilities as at April, 2020 is, Thirty one million (31million).

There are over 10 Million Almajiris and millions of Internally Displaced persons (IDP), who were childhood victims of traumas, abuse, raps, and torture, etc.., that suffers from the mysterious and most often a legacy of a debilitating late effects of what they went through, called, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Up till today, Nigeria knowingly or deliberately and intelligently has refused to either recognize or start addressing their known and recognized valid underplaying PTSD problems. Their PTSD if not addressed on time, will become serious barriers in successfully, rehabilitating them.

Therefore Sir, you are very correct on April 7, 2020, pursuant to this UN Secretary-General ANTÓNIO GUTERRES statement, “The COVID-19 pandemic is a public health emergency… an economic crisis, a social crisis and a human crisis that is fast becoming a human rights crisis.”

THE ROLES DIFFERENT NIGERIAN CULTURE PLAYS THAT PLACED PERMANENT MAN-MADE BARRIERS ON NIGERIA’S LACK OF BEING TRUTHFUL IN IMPLEMENTING THE UN CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES (CRPD)

  • It is about the FACTS that the Federal Republic of Nigeria has only partial knowledge on the making of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
  • It is about the FACTS that they have just partial knowledge on the making of the Convention, they The Government is limited with the knowledge on the making of the Convention, which they would have transferred back to Nigeria for use in successfully, implementing this UN Human Rights Treaty of the 21st Century.
  • It is about the FACTS that the International mandatory rules and regulations that require each foreign diplomat to be stay only 4 years in each country and be deployed back to Nigeria to be transferred to a different country after 4 years of service.
  • It is the FACTS that all the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Permanent Mission of Nigerian to the United Nations, who has partial knowledge of the making of the Convention are no longer staff of the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations.
  • It is about the FACTS that before these staff of the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations, who has partial knowledge on the making of the Convention, left after their 4 years services, they failed to transfer their partial knowledge back to Nigeria.
  • It is about the FACTS that, lack of knowledge by our Federal Government of Nigeria, National Assembly’s Senate and House of Representatives, the Presidency and Executives, including the Head of the Civil Services of the Federation of Nigeria, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Developments, Ministry of Women Affairs, our Nigerian-based leaders of over 31 million Nigerians with Disabilities, the entire Organizations of persons with Disabilities (OPDs), led by their umbrella body, the Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD),  about the true History and Documentary of How the International Disability Caucus worked during … the UN 8th Sessions Ad Hoc Committee on a Comprehensive and Integral … International Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities [A/RES/60/232], for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), seriously affects styles of Advocacy, Negotiations and truthful implementations of this Convention.
  • It is about the FACTS that, Nigerian National Assembly, the Executive Branch, Nigerian citizens, Judiciary, Healthcare providers, Businesses, Nigerian-based international donor nations and agencies, etc…, and Over 31 Million Nigerians with Disabilities and every Nigerian family, suffer from the grievous mistakes made by Federal Government of Nigeria by failing to fully participate during the UN 8th Sessions Ad Hoc Committee on a Comprehensive and Integral … International Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities [A/RES/60/232].
  • AND it is about the FACTS that, we the Nigerian-Americans in the Diaspora and our Nigerian based networks today, are the only group left, who knew the true History of How the International Disability Caucus worked during … as members of the UN 8th Sessions Ad Hoc Committee on a Comprehensive and Integral … International Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities [A/RES/60/232], for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), and whose duty is to without further delays from this Post COVID-19, pandemic directly, start transferring our knowledge learnt in the making of the UN CRPD, to Nigeria. Doing so will help to find long lasting permanent solutions.

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Thanks so much for your understanding and moves to start addressing our valid, arguable and verifiable serious, complex civil, human, disability and constitutional questions or concerns.

Chief Eric Ndubueze Ufom, President/CEO       Mrs. Ngozi Pauline Ikebuaku, Executive Secretary

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