Australian Government Supports CCD

Yemisi Izuora 

The  Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) has secured support from the government and good people of Australia, through the Australian High Commission’s Direct Aid programme.

 The support agreement was signed on behalf of the Australian Government by Ms. Cleo Wilson, Ag. High Commissioner, Austrian High Commission, Nigeria and on behalf of the Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) by Mr. David O. Anyaele, Executive Director, Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD). 

In a statement, David Anyaele, executive director of the CCD said, We thank the Australian  government for the six months support, which is on strengthening Advocacy and Lobby for the passage of the disability bill is aimed at lobbying the law makers, the line ministries and the presidency for the passage, transmission and assent on the National Disability Bill by the President before the end of the current legislative house and the current administration”.

The project activities include: survey on Access to National Assembly (NASS) among persons with disabilities, Convening on Access to NASS, and Disability Rights for line committees of National Assembly, advocacy engagement with the National Assembly, and media on persons with disabilities’ access to National Assembly and the National Disability Bill.

This project is in line with CCD objectives which include to initiate and implement programmes, policies and activities geared towards the promotion and enhancement of the welfare of persons with disabilities; To empower or assist in empowering persons with disabilities and regularly access the impact of public policy on human rights and report on same through publications seminars, workshops and lectures; To educate, sensitise, counsel and mobilize persons with disabilities in various areas critical to their survival and progress and support and advocate for respect for the rule of law and due process.

The Australian Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible small grants program funded by the Australian Government and managed through the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) overseas posts. The program aims to support projects with a strong development focus that complement Australia’s broader aid program which contributes to sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction.

The Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is a not-for-profit making, and premier human rights organization of, and for persons with disabilities that works to promote inclusion, participation, access, and the mainstreaming of issues of critical concern of citizens with disabilities in the programmes and activities of state and non-state institutions. Also, it works to educate, support and empower persons with disabilities and their families to maximize their potential. 

CCD is recognized by Federal and State Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) as a credible NGO working on disability matters. 

It has over the past fifteen years sought a redefinition of society’s perception of the plight of persons with disabilities. CCD is currently engaging the National Assembly for the transmission and assent on the National Disability Bill by the President

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