No Provision For Persons With Disabilities, Says INEC

PARTICIPANT AT THE MEDIA LAUNCH OF CIVIC EDUCATION ON INCLUSIVE VOTER PARTICIPATION
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has made no provisions in the 2015 general elections for Nigerians living with disabilities, an official said on Tuesday.

Lagos State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Adekunle Ogunmola, said in an interview in Lagos, western Nigeria, that the country has not developed enough to fully accommodate persons with disabilities during elections.

“No, there’s no specific arrangements from INEC,” Ogunmola said when asked what specific arrangements the commission had made.

He said most persons with disabilities, especially those with visual impairment are not educated enough to make use of the braille.

“The population of physically challenged Nigerians that can make use of the braille is very small compared to the total number of those who are visually challenged. That is to say that even if you make use of the braille, not all of them will be able to interpret it. That’s the point I’m making.”

He said physically challenged Nigerians visited him recently and he assured them they would be given the opportunity to vote. “But you see, our society has not really developed to what obtains in some other parts of the world,” he said.

He said the commission expects Nigerians to be accommodating and give them priority at voting unit.

“I do know as I told them that when physically challenged people get to the polling unit, Nigerians have a way of giving them priority when it comes to voting, so they will not be discrimitated against in whatever way.”

Ogunmola spoke in Lagos on 4 November shortly after attending a media launch of “Civic Education on Inclusive Voter Participation” organised by the State Accountability and Voice Initiative, SAVI.

In prepared remarks, SAVI Team Leader, Felix Obanubi, said the task of educating voters, especially Nigerians with physical disabilities, cannot be left to INEC alone.

“This is why as civil society players, we have taken up the challenge to enlighten and educate eligible citizens,” Obanubi said.

Nigerians with special needs, he added, have not adequately participated in past elections because of communication gaps, poor access to polling units and other factors beyond their control.

“We are optimistic that through partnering with the media, proper awareness would be created this time around,” he said.

‎Deaconess Beyioku Alase Adedoyin, Chairperson of Lagos State Joint Association for Persons with Disabilities and the Deaf Women Association of Nigeria, DWAN, urged INEC to make provisions for them.

“My experience during the last election is not palatable because all of us that are deaf, our disability is hidden,” she said.

She said most deaf people arrive polling units without interpreters‎ and with such communication gap, they cannot exercise their rights.

“Disability is not the problem. Deaf is not the problem. The society is the problem, ” she said.

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JONAPWD’S ACTIVITY IN CELEBRATING THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES 2014

The Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD)
flagged off its civil society-led campaign for transparency and
accountability in the delivery of inclusive universal basic education
in Nigeria through a “market place” exhibition at a ceremony
organized by the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social
Development to commemorate the 2014 International Day of Persons with
Disabilities held on the 3rd December, at the NICON Luxury Hotel,
Abuja.

The theme for the 2014 IDPWD celebration is “Sustainable Development:
The Promise of Technology.”

JONAPWD’s Project Exhibition sub-theme is “DEPLOYING TECHNOLOGIES TO ENHANCE INCLUSIVE BASIC EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES.”

At its exhibition stand, JONAPWD displayed its project branded
banners, and distributed about 1400 IEC materials comprising of hand
flyers, stickers, T-shirts and Face-caps. The IEC materials contained
the exhibition theme and advocacy messages to promote inclusive basic
education.

JONAPWD also kick-started its Citizens’ Signature Support Campaign for
Inclusive Universal Basic Education with the collection of over 200
signatures of participants at the event which included senior
officials of Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies,
philanthropists, private business organizations, CSOs, the Media,
Parents of children with disabilities, Disabled People’s
Organizations, as well as persons with disabilities. JONAPWD intend
to invite all Signatories through their respective Emails to its
Facebook, Twitter and Youtube channels, while keeping them in touch
with its project activities through periodic short text messages.

The JONAPWD National President, some members of JONAPWD Executive Board, children with disabilities and a cross section of participants
had series of photo sessions during the exhibition. Photos and video
shots taken at this event will be shared through JONAPWD’s website,
Facebook, Twitter and Youtube channels.

JONAPWD’s National President granted series of media interviews during
the exhibition. The climax of the day’s event was a Media Appearance
by JONAPWD’s National President and a member of the Project Team, Dr.
Adebayo on a one-hour Online Radio Audience Phone-in programme at
Amplified Radio in Utako, Abuja, to discuss the relevance of the IDPWD
celebrations and the JONAPWD project on inclusive basic education.
Please access the link through; www.amplifiedradio.net

Participants, particularly those who signed the Citizens’ Campaign
Sheet expressed their satisfaction with JONAPWD’s initiative on
inclusive basic education and pledged their support.

It is expected that this market place exhibition, the distribution of
IEC materials, the conduct of Citizens’ Signature Campaign, the
substantial media coverage and the sharing of stories through
JONAPWD’s social media networks will help to raise reasonable level of
public and stakeholder awareness and interest on the project and the
issues of inclusive basic education

A cross section of the audience during the INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSON'S WITH DISABILITY celebration 2014
A cross section of the audience during the INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSON’S WITH DISABILITY celebration 2014
To the left is Dr Onota of CBN, to his right is THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT OF JONAPWD (Madam Ekaete umoh), and to her right is Dr Adebukola Adebayo at the project exhibition stand of Jonapwd during the International Day of Person's with Disability celebration 2014.
To the left is Dr Onota of CBN, to his right is THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT OF JONAPWD (Madam Ekaete umoh), and to her right is Dr Adebukola Adebayo at the project exhibition stand of Jonapwd during the International Day of Person’s with Disability celebration 2014.
National President of JONAPWD at the Project exhibition stand with CWD'S
National President of JONAPWD at the Project exhibition stand with CWD’S
 The National President of JONAPWD at the project exhibition stand with children from school of the DEAF,BLIND
The National President of JONAPWD at the project exhibition stand with children from school of the DEAF,BLIND
A SCAPE VIEW OF JONAPWD'S PROJECT BANNER AT THE PROJECT EXHIBITION STAND DURING THE IDPWD'S
A SCAPE VIEW OF JONAPWD’S PROJECT BANNER AT THE PROJECT EXHIBITION STAND DURING THE IDPWD’S
The National President trying to emphasize a point on technology and inclusive basic education during the IDPWD'S day 2014.
The National President trying to emphasize a point on technology and inclusive basic education during the IDPWD’S day 2014.
A scape view of JONAPWD'S project exhibition stand with the National President: Madam Ekaete, to the right and Dr adebayo adebukola to the left.
A scape view of JONAPWD’S project exhibition stand with the National President: Madam Ekaete, to the right and Dr adebayo adebukola to the left.
L-R, Dr Adebayo, next to him is Madam Ekaete Umoh and also a pupil from the School of The Blind
L-R, Dr Adebayo, next to him is Madam Ekaete Umoh and also a pupil from the School of The Blind
The National President with a  pupil from the school of the blind.
The National President with a pupil from the school of the blind.
National President of JONAPWD at the Project exhibition stand with CWD during the IDPWD 2014 Celebration.
National President of JONAPWD at the Project exhibition stand with CWD during the IDPWD 2014 Celebration.
To the left is The National President of Jonapwd, and also to her right is Dr Adebukola Adebayo at Amplified Radio in Abuja for a talk on PROMOTING INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITY
To the left is The National President of Jonapwd, and also to her right is Dr Adebukola Adebayo at Amplified Radio in Abuja for a talk on PROMOTING INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITY
R-L,The National President of Jonapwd, 2 Amplified FM Staffs, Dr Adebayo Adebukola
R-L,The National President of Jonapwd, 2 Amplified FM Staffs, Dr Adebayo Adebukola

ELECTIONS

The Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD) elections sheduled to take place between 24-26 March 2014 has been postponed due to circumstances beyond our control. New date will be announced later.