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Ngige pledges government's commitment to disabled

26 April 2016, 21:36

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 special computers.

“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


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