President of Nigeria, Bola Tinubu through the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD) launched a series of empowerment programs that are set to revolutionize the lives of individuals with disabilities. The occasion was graced by esteemed dignitaries, including the honorable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Betta Edu, and the Senior Special Adviser to President Muhammad Abba.
A statement signed by Saleh Farouq Gagarawa, Head of New Media of the NCPWD noted that the empowerment programs encompass a wide range of initiatives aimed at uplifting and supporting the disability community.
“One of the highlights is the distribution of 150 Point of Sale machines (POS), which will enable individuals with disabilities to engage in entrepreneurial activities and enhance their financial independence. Additionally, a generous take-off grant of one hundred thousand naira (N100,000) was provided to kickstart their ventures.
“Recognizing the importance of education, the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities awarded N130,000 scholarships intervention to deserving individuals with disabilities pursuing higher education in tertiary institutions. This commendable step will not only empower them academically but also open doors to a brighter future.
Furthermore, the Head of New Media said associations of Persons with Disabilities were granted a significant five million naira grant to bolster their efforts in advocating for the rights and welfare of their members.
“This financial support will enable these associations to implement impactful projects and initiatives that address the unique challenges faced by individuals with disabilities.”
During her keynote address, the honorable Minister, Dr. Betta Edu, lauded the remarkable efforts of Mr. James David Lalu, the Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities, whom she affectionately referred to as the “super working E.S.” She recounted a personal experience where Mr. Lalu went above and beyond to assist individuals with disabilities even before she assumed her ministerial role. Dr. Betta Edu pledged her unwavering support to the organization and the disability community, emphasizing the importance of collaboration and inclusivity.”
In a significant move towards inclusivity, the honorable Minister announced the allocation of ten percent of slots on the Renewed Hope National Conditional Cash Transfer program specifically for persons with disabilities.
Gagarawa said “this commitment ensures that individuals with disabilities have equal access to vital social welfare programs and opportunities for socioeconomic advancement.”
INN reports that slots on the Npower and other social investment programs will be reserved for the disability community.