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Persons With Disability To Obaseki: ‘Transmit Executive Bill Prohibiting Discrimination Against Us’

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Joint National Association of Persons with Disability, Edo State chapter, Friday, called on the state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, to transmit a law prohibiting discrimination against people with disability and other harmful practice against them to the state House of Assembly for consequent signing.

The Association also called on the Governor to fully integrate its members into the society and issue an Executive Order directing all ministries and agencies to ensure their programmes and services accommodate persons with disability.

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Chairman of the Association, Mr. Ebosa Henry, made the call in Benin City on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disability held every December of the year.

This year’s day celebration was in collaboration with the Charity of St. Vincent De Paul.

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He urged Edo State House of Assembly to compliment the Executive arm in taking appropriate measure for the speedy passage of the Bill in favour of persons with disability in the state.

Henry lamented that despite the passage and signing of law against persons with disability in states such as Lagos, Ondo, Ekiti, Kano, Anambra, etc, Edo State is yet to do so.

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He expressed worries that Edo State House of Assembly has been struggling to pass a law to protect persons with disability from all forms of abuse of their fundamental human rights.

“We recognise further major challenges confronting people with disability in Edo State including discrimination on the ground of disability, exclusion from governance inaccessible social infrastructure and limited access to information and communication.

“We are worried that for the past eight years, Edo State House of Assembly has been struggling to pass a law to protect persons with disability from all forms of abuse of their fundamental human rights.” He noted.

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While thanking Governor Obaseki for the employment and empowerment of some persons with disability, their family members, the chairman also thanked their development partners, the Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent De Paul and Civil Society Organisations for fighting their course in the society.

Recall that Edo State Association of Deaf (EDSAD), lamented discrimination and all forms of ill-treatment suffered by her members in the state and the society at large.

EDSAD also implored Obaseki to domesticate law prohibiting discrimination against persons with disability in the state has signed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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FG Extends Kaduna-Abuja Train Resumption

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The Ministry of Transportation, on Sunday, in Kaduna, extended the resumption date for the Kaduna-Abuja train Service

Recall that the train service was suspended in March 2022, after bandits attacked its passengers, killed 25, wounded several others and Kidnapped over 50 passengers.

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However, early this month, the federal government had promised that the Kaduna-Abuja train service would resume before the end of November.

But the Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo, while on inspection tour to examine its readiness for operation before the commencement of operations, said certain things needed to be in place before resumption.

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He said the FG has introduced a new system of purchasing tickets, which he said is the beginning of security checks that would assist the government to know who boards the train at every point in time.

Although he declined speaking on the actual resumption date, but assured the public that it wouldn’t be far from now.

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Dangote Plans Fresh 300,000 Jobs For Nigerians

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Africa’s foremost industrialist, Aliko Dangote, is optimistic that the new multibillion naira investment in the sugar sub-sector would help provide no fewer than 300,000 jobs in Nigeria.

A statement from the Corporate Communication Department of the company quoted the Group’s President Aliko Dangote as saying that the company was providing fresh funds and thus expanding its operations in the sugar sub-sector.

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Mr Dangote, who was speaking at the Flagg off Ceremony of the 2022/2023 Crushing Season and Outgrower Scheme Awards in Numan, Adamawa State, said the opportunities would include both direct and indirect jobs.

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Dangote, who is Africa’s top philanthropist, expressed optimism that the massive investment will create over 300,000 jobs for Nigerians.

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He said, “We are making a massive investment in Adamawa State through expansion of DSR Numan’s sugar refining capacity from 3000tcd to 6000tcd, 9800tcd, and to 15,000tcd. DSR will be able to create about three hundred thousand jobs, direct and indirect, with positive multiplier effects on the economy nationwide.”

The Dangote Group is the biggest employer of labour in Nigeria outside the government.

Dangote was appointed Chairman, National Job Creation Committee in 2010 to assist the Federal Government in providing more employment opportunities for Nigerians.

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The Dangote President had also announced that his company was doubling its spending on CSR schemes in host communities in Adamawa State, the location of its 32,000 hectares integrated sugar complex.

Speaking in Numan, Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, described the Dangote Sugar Refinery as the biggest contributor to the development of the sugar development effort of the Federal Government.

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The Minister also commended Mr Dangote for the massive support through his Corporate Social Responsibility scheme.

In the same vein, the Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals is expected to create some 250,000 job opportunities when completed next year.

Already, Dangote Cement Plc is one of Africa’s biggest job providers in the manufacturing sector.

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Igbos Inaugurate Biafra House In US, Give Reasons

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Igbos residing in the United States, US, have inaugurated the Biafra House in Oxon Hill in Maryland, Washington DC.

It was gathered that the Biafra House was inaugurated to serve people who believe in Biafra and friends of the nation.

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This was authoritatively disclosed to DAILY POST by a source.

The source, who pleaded anonymity, said: “The Biafra House is officially opened for business to the public, including Government Administrative Matters, Diplomatic Protocol, International Relations, and Security, amongst others.”

The Biafra House was formed to help Igbos in the US and Diaspora interact with the international community.

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According to the source: “The Biafra House will be interacting and providing services to local, as well as governments and the International community through partnerships, pending when the United Nations and other world bodies may compel the government of Nigeria to effect a plebiscite for Biafran people.

“Biafra House is where Biafrans in the United States and the World can seek Diplomatic and Consular services, as it’s open for five business days a week and within the New York time zone.”

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“Again, The Biafra House will be interacting and providing services to local, as well as governments and the International community through partnerships, pending when the United Nations and other world bodies may compel the Fulani government of Nigeria to effect a plebiscite for Biafran people.”

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