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View Author: Nwanokwara Ncheta,
'22 July 18, Monday 03:47 pm


JONAPWD Anambra state Chapter paid an advocacy visit to the Managing Director, Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS). Awka.

15th July 2022, was another successful outing for the Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities, (JONAPWD) Anambra State Chapter as they paid advocacy visit to the new Managing Director, Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS) Awka by name Mr Chidozie Obidiegwu.

The JONAPWD PRO Mr Ifeanyi Igwegbe in his introduction stated the purpose for the advocacy visit was to felicitate with Mr Chidozie Obidiegwu on his new appointment as the Managing Director of Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS) Awka, also to familiarize with him on what we do and what we believe his station can do differently to support the implementation of Anambra State Disability rights law 2018.

The Chairman, Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities Comr. Ugochukwu Okeke in the brief present d to the Managing Director of Anambra Broadcasting Service ABS, highlighted some of the things expected of the Station to do in seeing that Anambra state Disability rights law is fully implemented which are not limited to;

- The need to create a program that will promote the rights, respect, dignity, capacities, achievements and contributions of persons with disabilities in the society. Section 25 (1) (a, b) of Anambra State Disability Rights Law (2018).

- The need to encourage state owned media house to train their reporters on sign language as an alternative communication in news and other media programs. Section 25 (2) of Anambra State Disability Rights Law (2018).

- The need to make provision for translation of audio aspect of their programs to sign language or subtitles for the benefit of the hearing impaired persons. Section 25 (3) of Anambra State Disability Rights Law (2018).

Still on the brief, These were the prayers read to the Managing Director,
- To kindly creat a 1hr. Free program in ABS, once in a week as previously done as (Uwaezuoke, Ikedinobi, and the other side of life), this is to continue with awareness creation on issues relating to the rights, achievements and contributions of persons with disabilities in the society etc without cost whereby our members from different clusters of disabilities will be featuring in the programs.

- To synergize with the Disability Rights Commission to train their staff members especially reporters in basic sign language communication and disability terminologies to use when reporting on issues relating to persons with disabilities.

- To encourage all their stations especially television station to make provision for translation of their news and program in sign language communication.

- To always involve a sign language interpreter in their station anytime Mr. Governor will be having interactive forum with the citizens so that there will be inclusive participation.

In conclusion, Comr. Ugochukwu Okeke thanked the Managing Director and all his staff who have always given us timely service delivery especially in reporting disability issues anytime they are invited to our programs. He also sent our warmest regards to Mr. Governor, Prof. Charles C. Soludo for his relentless effort to secure lives and properties of all Anambrarians.

Responding to the issues raised, Mr Obidiegwu informed us that Mr Governor, Prof Charles C. Soludo has the wellbeing of Persons with Disabilities at heart and will always see that their is ability in our disabilities. He went further to assure us of his unflinching support to ensure that there will be a free program where JONAPWD advocacy team can discuss disability issues. He also promised to look into the challenge of not having sign language Interpreter in their news bulletins as well as making promised to have further discussion with our team on how best to bring lasting solutions to some of our challenges. He finally expressed his readiness to working with us for an improved service delivery on disability issues.

In her vote of thanks, the JONAPWD Woman Leader and Financial Secretary Miss Nwanokwara Ncheta, thank him for welcoming us and giving us his full attention despite the short notice of the visit, she also prayed that God will bless him more abundantly.

High point of the visit was the official presentation of the Advocacy brief and a copy of Anambra State Disability Rights Law (2018). The Advocacy visit is being sponsored by rule of law and anti-corruption, RoLAC European Union project Anambra.

EZEONWUMELU VIVIAN CHIKA, reporting for Jonapwd.