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Deaf Persons Lament IIl-Treatment, Want Disability Act Domesticated In Edo

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Edo State Association of Deaf (EDSAD), has lamented discrimination and ill-treatment suffered by her members in the state and the society at large, stressing that deaf people are not inferior but equal to any other able person in the society.

The Association wants Nigerian Disability Act, as assented by Presented Muhammadu Buhari, to be domesticated by Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, whom they described as the most disabled people friendly and also transmit and enact Executive Disable Bill for the wellbeing of people living with disability.

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Members of Edo State Association of Deaf in an awareness rally in Benin City on Friday

In an awareness rally to mark this year’s International Week of the Deaf cum Deaf Awareness Day in Edo State, with the theme: “Sign Language, Right For All”, Chairman of EDSAD, Mr. Eromosele Kingsley, decried negative attitude of employers of labour towards deaf and dumb in Edo State.

Eromosele maintained that deaf persons do anything other able persons can do apart from talking and hearing.

He posited that no one should be abused, ignored or discriminated against on the ground of being disable, adding that the belief that deaf and dumb are dependents is erroneous and superstitious.

We are erroneously viewed by the society as dependent beings; one who must depend on the society and family members for survival. Resultant effect is the low level education and inferiority complex of the deaf, hence the need to create awareness and enlighten the public about the hidden talents and potential of deaf people.

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“Deaf people all over the world (Edo State inclusive) suffer injustice. This is because society believe deaf people and the use of sign language are inferior and don’t deserve equal right. No one should be abused, ignored, silenced or excluded just for being deaf”, he added.

He, however, commended Mr. Godwin Obaseki for giving recognition to the deaf and dumb by employing them in different ministries and agencies including government house, discribing him as the most deaf and dumb friendly governor Edo State has ever had.

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Withdrawal Limits: Senate Raises Concerns, To Debate New CBN

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A file photo of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, during plenary at the upper chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

A file photo of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, during plenary at the upper chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

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The Senate has raised concerns about the latest Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) policy on cash withdrawals.

Senate Minority Leader Phillip Aduda in a point of order during plenary on Wednesday called the attention of his colleagues to the new policy and demanded for caution as it will affect many Nigerians, especially small business owners.

In his response, Senate President Ahmad Lawan cautions the CBN not to approach the policy by jumping into it at once as many Nigerians will be affected.

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He further noted that there is a need to engage the CBN in discussions to get more details of the policy and he directs the committee on banking to discuss this matter during the screening of the CBN Deputy Governors expected to hold before next week.

The Senate has set next Tuesday to debate the new CBN policy.

Under the new withdrawal policy, the CBN restricted the maximum cash withdrawal over the counter (OTC) by individuals and corporate organisations per week to N100,000 and N500,000 respectively.

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The CBN stated, however, that withdrawals above the thresholds would attract processing fees of 5 per cent and 10 per cent respectively for individuals and corporate entities going forward.

In addition, third-party cheques above N50,000 shall not be eligible for OTC payment while extant limits of N10 million on clearing cheques still remain.

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The new withdrawal regime further pegged the maximum cash withdrawal per week via Automated teller Machine (ATM) at N100,000 subject to a maximum of N20,000 cash withdrawal per day.

 

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IGP Launches Portal To Report Stolen Vehicles

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As precautionary measures to tackle vehicle theft, the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has launched a platform for Nigerians to report cases of stolen vehicles.

Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, who disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, said the digitalized platform – Central Motor Registry (CMR) – successfully completed and commissioned by the IGP is situated at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.

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He said the platform launch followed the “IGP’s quest to ensure a digital environment for policing the country for robust and more proactive measures in crime prevention, investigation, and prosecution.”

“The newly digitalized Central Motor Registry Command Centre will make it possible for members of the public to report vehicles stolen from as far back as 1st January, 2018, and yet-to-be-recovered to input the vehicle details on the online platform to serve as a reliable data point for the possible recovery of the vehicle,” he stated.

“The platform will also process motor vehicle information to support police operations and efforts toward enhancing national security.”

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With the CMR having two Command Centres in Abuja and Lagos, Adejobi said 37 Information Centres are located across the Country and in the Federal Capital Territory, with 200 e-Enforcement Operational Patrol Vehicles with automatic number plate recognition on each vehicle as part of the first batch.

He also asked Nigerians and other residents in the country to take advantage of the platform at https://reportcmr.npf.gov.ng to upload their vehicle information on the website with effect from today 7th December, 2022, as a security step for preventing it from being stolen and re-registered.

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NCC Gives Update On Status Of 3.5GHz Spectrum Auction

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) hereby announces that by the close of business on Monday, December 5, 2022, only two companies expressed interest in the auction of the 3.5GHz Spectrum band namely;

i. Airtel Networks Limited (Airtel) and
ii. Standard Network & Connections Limited (Standard Network).

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However, only Airtel paid the Intention to Bid Deposit (IBD) as stipulated in the Information Memorandum (IM) whereas, Standard Network sent an email appeal for the deadline to be extended by twelve (12) working days which was not acceptable in view of the auction timetable.

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Having met all the provision in the IM, Airtel has, therefore, emerged as the sole Bidder.

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Consequently, there shall be no further bidding and the Commission will proceed to the Assignment Stage in line with the published Information Memorandum guiding the licensing process.

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