Kano - The Kano State Government said it would train 442 physically challenged persons in various trades under its empowerment programme in January.
The Director-General of the Hisbah Board, Abba Sufi, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano on Monday.
Sufi said the physically challenged persons were recently evacuated from the streets of Kano following the ban on street begging by the state government.
"We had a meeting with the officials of the physically challenged today where we told them the government’s plan.
"The state government will train them in various trades of their choice and after the training they will be given capital to start their own businesses,’’ he said.
According to him, the state government had also screened 40 others who will be given employment in the state civil service very soon.
"We have screened 40 others who have their various qualifications and will soon be employed in the state civil service,’’ he said.
He said the state government had directed local governments to take care of all those who could not do any business by giving them monthly allowance of N10 000.
He said the state government had provided one vehicle to each of the five chairmen of the physically challenged and the joint association of the disabled persons to facilitate their activities.
He called on all physically challenged persons in the state to go to their respective local governments to register their names as directed by the state government to enable them benefit from the empowerment programme.
On evacuees from the Central African Republic, Sufi said the state government had dispatched vehicles to Abuja to evacuate the 300 indigenes of the state.
He said as soon as they arrived, they would be transported to their respective local government areas.