JONAPWD ADVOCACY TRAIN ARRIVES AT THE DOOR OF THE BUREAU OF STATISTICS, ANAMBRA STATE
The JONAPWD advocacy team, today, 30th October 2020, in continuation of its advocacy visits to identified service providers/ relevant MDAs on the need for the implementation of Disability Rights Law 2018 and Inclusive State and Local Government Budgeting, visited the Bureau of Statistics, Anambra State.
While delivering the advocacy brief, the Chairman of the association, Comr. Ugochukwu Okeke, highlighted the major issues and prayers in focus for the visit, which include:
- To make provision for collection of disaggregated data of persons with disabilities in collaboration with JONAPWD. Section 19 of ASDRL (2018)
- To make provision for the construction of ramps that will improve access to persons with disabilities in the office. Section 23 (1) of ASDRL (2018)
- To encourage the officials of the Bureau, both at the state and local government levels, to learn basic sign language and disability etiquettes to facilitate easy communication.
Highlighting on the last prayer made, the association's treasurer, Mr Amobi Nwagwu, explained that one of the problems of the deaf persons is lack of information due to communication barrier. He, therefore, pleaded with the Statistian General for the agency's staff training on basic sign language and the provision of a desk officer for persons with disabilities.
In his response, the Statistian General, Mr Emeka Paul Obiekezie, thanked the team for the visit, promising to ensure that it would not be in vain. He explained that the Bureau has been at the fore-front of collecting data of 'people living with different disabilities'. Highlighting the Bureau's willingness to update its database of persons living with disabilities stressing that our visit is timely and very crucial as it will it serve as an official recognition for their collaboration with JONAPWD, he asked the team to assist him in getting a comprehensive data of PWDs in the state,since we are in a better position to identify our members.He unequivocally maintained his readiness to publish any verifiable data of our members presented to him in their forthcoming publications which will be a very useful information that will guide the state in planning for our members.
Responding to that, Comr. Ugochukwu Okeke explained to him that the association has an ongoing data collection of all PWDs in the state which is being funded by European Union RoLAC project in Anambra and promised to share the outcome of the excercise with him for an official publication when completed.
Mr Ikechukwu Elias, on behalf of the association, thanked the Statistian for his warm reception.
Present at the meeting were the Statistian General, Anambra State, Emeka Paul Obiekezie; Statistian Mgbachi Uchenna; and Mrs Onukwuli Chinwe. And also making up the project team were the association's Chairman, Comr. Ugochukwu Okeke; the secretary, Mr Ikechukwu Elias; the treasurer, Mr Amobi Nwagwu; the Special Assistant to the Governor on Sign Language, Hon. Collins Joseph; and the project M&E officer, Miss Elizabeth Ikele.
High point of the visit was the presentation of the advocacy brief to the Statistian General.
Meanwhile, the ongoing JONAPWD advocacy visit is being sponsored by the European Union's RoLAC program in Anambra state.