The Executive Director of the Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), Mr. David O. Anyaele, has praised US government for supporting its project on Enhancing Persons with Disabilities Participation in Democratic Governance in Abia State.
Receiving the grant agreement from the Acting US Ambassador to Nigeria and Charged’ Affaires Embassy of the United States of America, a.i. Maria Brawer, CCD Executive Director, Mr. Anyaele stated that the grant is an open door for engagement of state and non-state actors working on issues of democratic governance and disability issues on participation of Abians with disabilities in democratic governance.
He said that, with this grant the end of exclusion of Abians with disabilities in democratic governance is coming to an end as CCD is committed to ensuring that no-one is left behind in Abia State on the grounds of disability.
The goal of the project is that Abians with disabilities are able to participate in democratic governance in an equal basis with other citizens in Aba South, Bende and Umuahia North Local Government Areas of Abia State.
The objectives of the project include: to analyse the situation and produce a report that identifies patterns, prevalence, and forms of obstacles militating against citizens with disabilities’ participation in democratic governance in the project state, to create awareness on the rights to effective participation of citizens with disabilities’ in democratic governance in Abia State, and to strengthen the capacity of state and non-state actors in Abia State on effective participation of citizens with disabilities in democratic governance by the end of the project period.
Mr. Anyaele further stated that the project intends to analyse patterns, prevalence and forms of obstacles that militate against people with disabilities participation in democratic governance in the selected LGAs.
This will enable CCD to create an evidence base to share with stakeholders to advocate for effective change and inclusive approach to governance in Abia State. Other activities for the project include: sensitization of stakeholders on democratic governance and Abians with disabilities, advocacy visits to state and non-state actor in Abia State on the need for effective participation of Abians with disabilities in democratic governance among other activities. The project will last for 12 months.
By David Anyaele