Abuja - The Minister of Labour and Employment,
Chris Ngige, has invited disabled persons’ rights campaigner, Godwin Achime,
for further discussions on these issues.
Achime was a caller during a radio programme this past
weekend when challenges faced by the disabled faced in securing employment.
Deputy Director Press in the Ministry of Labour and
Employment, Samuel Olowokere, said the decision to invite Achime is in
furtherance of the passionate and compassionate commitment of the Buhari
administration to not only take along every segment of the Nigerian society in
its policies and programmes but ensure enough attention is paid to the
upliftment of the physically challenged.
“The Ministry of Labour will therefore in addition make sure
that those who are physically challenged, educated and uneducated will also be
trained in various skills and vocations which we are unfolding, so that they
can employ themselves, earn a decent living, and even employ others.”
Olokowere outlined the minister’s plans train some disabled
people in information technology.
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He said those with impaired limbs could be given artificial
limbs and be trained to be tailors while the blind can be taught skills using
“There are many life endeavours they fit into depending on
the type of disability and the aid available.”
Olokowere added that his ministry was already partnering
some non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in vocational and skills acquisition
training for the disabled.
He said in Enugu last month, they joined efforts with an NGO
promoting educational skills for the physically challenged and donated ranges
of skills acquisition equipment to assist their operations.
“I therefore wish to invite such partnership with similar
organisations, who have genuine training programmes for the physically
challenged,” said Olokowere.
An estimated 20
million people, out of 170 million, in Nigeria have physical disabilities.
- CAJ News