The Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) has been re-elected into the Steering Committee of the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room representing persons with disabilities.
In a press statement signed by Program Assistant CCD, Florence Attah, CCD led by its Executive Director, David Obinna Anyaele defeated Mr. Jake Epelle of The Albino Foundation(TAF) 47 – 6 votes at the Situation Room general meeting/retreat which took place at Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja over last week.
“The re-election of CCD into the Steering Committee of the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room is a re-validation of CCD’s credibility, integrity and capability to represent Nigerians with disabilities and Organisations of Persons with Disabilities in the highly sought-after coalition “
“It is also an authentication that CCD has really made an impact on elections and persons with disabilities in Nigeria through its campaign on equal voting access for persons with disabilities, a campaign we started since 2006 to ensure no one is left behind in the electoral processes by reason of disability” the Executive Director, said.
“What we witnessed at the general meeting/retreat was a clear statement by civil society organisations from the six geo-political zones of Nigeria that CCD has done well for PWDs. It was an appreciation of the efforts by CCD in promoting an inclusive society that is free from discrimination on the grounds of disability.”
“You need to hear what Mr. Samson Ezenwa of Partners for Electoral reform said about CCD and its leadership during his nomination of CCD to serve as a Steering Committee member of this coalition. He was full of praise for CCD and its efforts that led to the passage of the National Disability Act. It means that Nigerians know who is doing what.”- Florence Attah, Program Assistant, Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) said.
Others elected as members of the Steering Committee include the Executive Director, Proactive Gender Ms. Esther Uzoma as the New Convener of the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre, Abuja – Secretariat; Young Innovators and Vocational Training Initiative (YIVTI); Mac-Jim Foundation; NISD, African Centre for Entrepreneurship and Information Development, ROLAAC, Kimpact Youth Initiative; EDOSCSO; Grassroot Mobilization – DAC; Women Rights and Environment Program – WREP; Action Aid Nigeria; CDD, Abuja, and CLEEN Foundation among others.
Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room is a coalition of over 70 civil society organisations that monitor Nigeria’s electoral process and elections across the country. Situation Room undertakes regular analysis and dissemination of information on major developments and events relating to the conduct of elections in Nigeria. It supports coordination and synergy amongst election stakeholders. The focal objectives of Situation Room are to improve the quality of Nigeria’s electoral system and strengthen civil society organisations’ capacity to better engage and monitor the electoral process.
Source: Qualitative Magazine