The Federal Government has approved a ten per cent inclusion for Persons Living With Disabilities (PLWDs) in all Federal Government interventions and schemes of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.
This was announced by Dr Betta Edu, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, during the launch of the empowerment programme for Persons with Disabilities at the Art and Culture Conference Hall, Abuja.
Dr. Edu mentioned that PLWDs will also benefit from all the programmes under the Ministry, including the End Hunger programme, Conditional Cash Transfer, N-power, Renewed Hope Shelters Program, Geep Programmes as well as the CODE NIGERIA program among others. The inclusion will be selected and implemented through the National Commission for Persons With Disabilities.
Dr. Edu commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for signing the African Charter on the Protection of the rights of persons living with Disabilities and subsequent appointments of Persons living with Disabilities into key positions in Government.
She also commended the National Assembly for ensuring that PLWDs have a say in the affairs of the country through their legislations.
During the occasion, Dr. Edu symbolically presented Point of Sales (POS) machines and N100,000 operational capital to PLWDs. She announced the sum of N130,000 as scholarship support to PLWDs in tertiary institutions across Nigeria and made a presentation of N20 million annual grant to the Association of Persons Living with Disabilities in Nigeria.
Dr. Edu also flagged off the federal government’s training of PLWDs on business development, and business registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission while creating a link with Bank Of Industry which will enable them to access up to 1 billion Naira low-interest loans from the Bank of Industry to enhance their businesses and equally contribute to job creation wherever they reside in the country.
The Minister warned against the misuse of the opportunities, saying the government will be strict in monitoring and evaluating all the empowerment, admonishing the beneficiaries to make good use of the Federal government empowerment to support their families and communities.
The empowerment program is aimed at pulling 50 million Nigerians, including PLWDs, out of poverty within 42 months, as part of President Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda.Get a premium automobile insurance coverage for your vehicle for as low as #15000 only and claim up to #3,000,000 in damages @Zenith Insurance To signup: WhatsApp/Call: +2349028313757