Groups Commend Hon. Hajiya Zainab Maina as She Leads Nigerians with Disabilities to the RI’s 22nd World Congress

HOUSTON-TEXAS October 22, 2012: FESTAC-USA and its United States based collaborative organizations, the Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities of Nigeria in the Diaspora, Equal Rights for Persons with Disabilities & Institute for Rehabilitation, Inc., and Kaysom Holdings, Inc. have commended Hon. Hajiya Zainab Maina, Minister for Women Affairs and Social Developments and Hon. Halima Mohammed Hayatu, Commissioner for Women Affairs, Adamawa State, for leading Nigerians with Disabilities, to the RI’s 22nd World Congress, which will be held at, Incheon, South Korea, from October 29-November 2, 2012.

The group made the commendation in Houston-Texas USA recently during a meeting with Hon. Hajiya Zainab Maina, Hon. Halima Mohammed Hayatu and the leaders of Nigerians with disabilities.

Speaking at the meeting, Hon. Hajiya Maina and Mr. Ossi, vows to collaboratively work with Nigerians with Disabilities, for a steady, progressive, successful and total removal of barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society that would benefit all Nigerians and 22 million long-neglected or ignored Nigerians with Disabilities.

They also, promised to ensure that Nigeria continues, to honour its obligations under the human rights treaty of the 21st century, called, the Convention on the Rights for Persons with Disabilities, signed and ratified by Nigeria, on March 30, 2007and September 24, 2010, by properly advising H.E President Goodluck Jonathan and his administration, on the urgent need for Nigeria to continue with its successful implementations by signing into law, the pending bill on “Nigerians with Disability Bill”.

Uche H. Okafor, Diaspora Medical Director, on behalf of Nigerians in the Diaspora, extended appreciation to Hon. Hajia Maima, Mr. Ossi and RI for their excellent jobs, supporting Nigerians in the Diaspora’s for their relentless efforts, towards projecting the good image of Nigeria internationally

An online press release made available by Chief Eric Ndubueze Ufom, President Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities in Diaspora, USA Equal Rights for Persons with Disabilities etc. stated that Ms Ekaete Umoh, RI-Nigeria’s National Executive Secretary and the Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities of Nigeria’s, women’s leader, is Nigeria’s candidate for the post of Vice President African Region’s elections, which will be held at the RI’s 22nd World Congress.

The statement went further to say that due to the maximum supports, given to Ms Umoh’s candidacy, by the Hon. Minister Hajiya Maina, her Permanent Secretary, George Ossi, the Ministry of Women Affairs, RI and Nigerians in the Diaspora, it is certain that she will historically win the election for Nigeria and African Union.

It is important to note that Rehabilitation International (RI) is a global network of more than 1000 organizations of persons with disabilities, service providers, agencies, professionals and experts in a broad range of disability-related issues.

Signed by Chief Eric Ndubueze Ufom, President Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities in Diaspora E-Mail: or

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