By Chidimma Ajemba.
Not less than 145 women with disabilities in Anambra benefited from the recent Rural Women Cash Grant made available by the Federal Government through Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.
The intervention program which was flag off at the Dora Akunyili Women Development Center Awka saw Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Haji Safiya Umar Farouk, ably represented by her Permanent Secretary, Bashir Nura Alkali, the governor of Anambra State, Governor Willie Obiano, represented by the commissioner for Children and Women Affairs Lady Ndidi Mezie and other notable personals in attendance.
Six women with disabilities, each drawn from the 21 local government areas of the state were handed over the sum of Twenty Thousand Naira as a social intervention to caution the effect of Covid-19 on the masses.
Speaking on behalf of the Office of the Governor on Disability Matters and Joint National Association of Persons With Disabilities, Comrade Ugochukwu Ernest Okeke appreciated the Federal Government for bringing out such intervention program.
“I must commend the federal government for giving out this grant to not just women but women in the rural area who are still trying to survive amist Covid-19 pandemic, the government of Anambra, most especially the commissioner for Women and Children Affairs Lady Mezue for creating an enabling ground for this program to take place.”
” I must also commend and appreciate the office of the Governor on Disability Matters for providing the services of sign language interpreters all through the time the program lasted to ease communication gap for the Deaf Community”
He also thanked the local government coordinators of Jonapwd for coming up with list of these indigent women even within the short notice.
Speaking to one of beneficiary Mrs Esther Ezeriora with a physical disability, expressed her joy and thank the federal government and the organizers for the kind gesture.
Another beneficiary Miss Ngozi Enuma, a blind said the fund will go a long way as Covid-19 has crumbled the economy and thank the federal government for initiating such program.
Esther Agụ a deaf also a beneficiary, in high spirit thanked the federal government, the organizers and most importantly Office of the governor on Disability Matters for giving her the opportunity to benefit and also providing the services of sign language interpreters during the program.
This program saw about 2800 women from Anambra benefiting from the federal government grant program, aimed at empowering and alleviating their plights even as Covid-19 lingers.