Friday, February 27, 2015

The only Deaf Governor in Nigeria: Gov. Umaru Tanko Al-Makura

Gov. Umaru Tanko Al-Makura is the only deaf governor in Nigeria and possibly in Africa


He was born in 1952 in Lafia, Nasarawa state, he attented Dunama Primary School, Lafia, he also went to Keffi Teacher's College and then Government Teachers College of Education, Uyo and he then went to Ahmadu Bello Unversity, Zaria, studying Education/Sociology.

Political Career

Al-makura became the youth leader of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) in the old Plateau State in 1980. He was elected to the constitution Assembly of 1988–89, representing the Lafia–Obi Federal Constituency of what is now Nasarawa State. He was state secretary of the National Republican Convention (NRC) party in Plateau State from 1990 to 1992. Al-makura was a founding member of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in Nasarawa State in 1998.

Please sign National Disability Bill into law, Deaf Community urges President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan

The press release by the Nigerian Deaf Community on the need for President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to sign Disability Bill into law

Gentlemen and Ladies of the Fourth Estate of the Realm,

On behalf of Nigerian Deaf Community, comprising  the Deaf Voices Coalition (DVC), Lagos State Association of the Deaf (LSAD), the Nigerian Deaf Teachers Association (NADETA) and our parent body: The Nigerian National Association of the Deaf (NNAD), we welcome you to our Press Conference organized to address issues affecting Deaf Nigerians and other Disability Groups in the country.

An adage says,"he who keeps quiet in the face of serious issues and refuses to speak up, no one will know his/her  problems". This is why we have gathered you all here at the International Press Centre Ogba, Lagos this 26th day of February 2015 to air our views on issues pertaining to our collective growth and aspirations as Nigerians.

As it has been rightly said, deafness separates people from people while blindness separates people from objects. This statement underscores the practice of social ostracization by the community, so