Persons with disabilities in Yobe state have reasons to celebrate as Yobe state govt has continued his “Inclusive” mantra by launching agriculture program in an attempt to reduce unemployment in the state and ensure creation of jobs for persons with disabilities through agriculture.
In a statement received by INN, disabled leader in the state, comrade Abba Isa shared government’s plans to launch agriculture program tagged “The Yobe agriculture retreat” in an attempt to reduce unemployment in the state.
The program, INN learnt, is one of the Yobe first policy agenda set by governor Mal Mala Buni to support persons with disabilities through job creation.
Isa revealed that persons with disabilities face immense challenges in agriculture as they are often excluded from access to water, land, capital and other necessary supports.
“In most developing countries, agriculture is the main form of economic activity in rural areas. But Persons with Disabilities PWDs are facing immense challenges in agricultural activities as they are often the first to be excluded from access to water, land, capital and other necessary supports”, Isa explained.
He further added that persons with disabilities need “specialized support services along with assistive devices” to succeed in agriculture.
“If the Person with Disabilities get specialized support services along with assistive devices, it can ensure their meaningful participation in the agricultural sector.”
It’s against this development H.E Hon.Mai Mala Buni will support the Participation of Persons with Disabilities through mechanised agriculture in line with his inclusive Policy Agenda of YOBE FIRST POLICY and Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), adopted by the United Nations, which stated that all development aid should now be: ‘inclusive and accessible to persons with disabilities”, he concluded.