Alhaji Ali Goro, North East Zonal coordinator for Persons With Disabilities (PWDs), has called for special intervention of the Federal Government.
Goro, who made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria , in Gombe on Wednesday, said the Federal Government should introduce a special intervention in the area of education and empowerment of members.
“For us, everyday is a struggle because of the multiple barriers limiting our access to education; and which is a great obstacle to our wellbeing and fulfillment of our children’s dreams.
“We want the Federal Government to do the needful to make education at all levels accessible to our children.
“We equally want government to empower disabled communities, particularly the women who are more vulnerable and have become victims of sexual abuse by wicked people.
“Empowering our members will go a long way in reducing the number of beggars in the society,” he explained.
He said the population of PWDs was increasing daily as a result of terrorists activities in the region.
According to him, most of the International organisations coming to North East do not have specific interventions or programmes designed for PWDs.
“Our estimated population in the region is over 700,000 PWDs, hence the need for government intervention,” he said.
Goro also called on the six states in the region to consider PWDs in their appointments.