FG organizes entrepreneurial skills training for people with disabilities –

The Federal Government has launched a three-day Entrepreneurial Skills Development Program for 42 Persons Living with Disabilities (PWDs) across the seven northwestern states to improve their economic empowerment and livelihoods.

States include: Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Jigawa, Sokoto and Zamfara.

The training exercise was initiated by the Federal Ministry for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

Humanitarian Affairs Minister Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouk said so during the inauguration of the exercise on Wednesday in Kano.

She said six participants from each of the seven states in the region would each receive N100,000 as start-up capital.

Umar-Farouq said eliminating all forms of discrimination and violence against people with disabilities and empowering them economically through vocational training would go a long way in paving the way for them to achieve their full potential.

The minister represented by Nkechi Nwukwe, the ministry’s director of special needs, said the government is aware of the importance of disability as a development issue.

“Entrepreneurial skills offer new opportunities for everyone, but these opportunities are particularly important for people with disabilities, especially with an already high level of poverty among people with disabilities in Nigeria and its consequences.

“Our gathering here today is for us to explore greater possibilities in our collective quest to address the challenges facing the advancement of persons with disabilities for sustainable national development.

“I understand that livelihood interventions are key to addressing economic challenges and therefore the administration’s current target of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2029 cannot be achieved without the full involvement of people with disabilities,” she said.

She revealed that attendees would be exposed to modern techniques in fish farming, phone repair and cosmetics production.

The Minister urged the beneficiaries to be active in facing the challenges of disability with determination, courage and confidence.

“I therefore want to encourage participants to be active, lively and to firmly face the challenges of disability with determination, courage and confidence.

“I implore you to maximize the opportunities of this workshop to improve your livelihoods and also contribute your quotas to nation building,” she said.

In his address, the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Dr. Nasir Gwarzo, said the workshop was designed to expose participants to entrepreneurial skills that would empower them.

Represented by Garba Magaji, the permanent secretary said the federal government has prioritized the care and development of vulnerable people, especially people with disabilities in the country.

According to him, the training exercise, the third in its series, will be implemented in the six geopolitical zones, to address some of the challenges faced by persons with disabilities.

“It will address issues of inclusion among people with disabilities, particularly in relation to income-generating activities, equipping them with the necessary skills to ensure sustainable livelihoods and developing their entrepreneurial skills to be competitive in the business environment,” he said.

Earlier, Dr. Zara’u Muhammad, Kano State Commissioner for Women’s Affairs and Social Development, said the state government will continue to adopt proactive measures to improve support services for people with disabilities. .

While welcoming the gesture, Muhammad reiterated the government’s commitment to empowering and supporting people living with disabilities in the state.

One of the participants, Malam Ali Idi, welcomed the gesture, adding that it would empower them.

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