The National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD) is to partner with the FCT Administration to secure shopping spaces for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) to do their legitimate trading.
Mr James Lalu, the Executive Secretary of the NCPWD, made this known when he received leadership of Self-Reliance for Physically Challenged Traders Association of Nigeria (SPCTAN) led by their Chairman, Mr Munnir Shehu in Abuja.
The delegation was at the commission to register their concerns over the disruption of their businesses by the joint taskforce and submit a letter of appeal to the Executive Secretary for onward delivery to the FCT Minister.
The executive secretary assured the visitors of his determination to support their course to ensure that they have a decent mean of livelihood.
He commended members of the traders association for being law abiding while in pursuing their businesses.
” I thank you for standing on what we always say that disability is not inability.
”Because, you Go out and do legitimate business to earn a living; you never find excuses for your own disability.
“’I want to assure you that the complain you bring here about the disruption of your businesses will be presented to the Minister of FCT, Mr Nyesom Wike.
”We will make sure that alternative means is provided for you to continue your legitimate business” Lalu said.
Earlier, Shehu said they have no fewer than 293 members doing legitimate businesses in the FCT.
Shehu also appealed to the FCTA to allocate shops for their members to enable them do their businesses decently.
He said the appeal became necessary to take them off the streets and avoid further harassment and confrontation with the members of the environmental joint taskforce in the city.
”We have been put out of business for the past three to four weeks now, we don’t go to our business places.
” Because we get to know that this is very serious when ‘FCTA Environmental Taskforce arrested our member, they took him to SARS and we went to bail him.
”It really touched us because we are all human beings, we don’t engage in street begging.
”We are doing our legitimate business and some of you who go around berger Junction, Bannex Plaza and other places will see us doing our legitimate business.
” Some of us earn between N500 to N1, 000 daily as gain which we use to sustain ourselves ” he said (NAN)