ENUGU: NGO Asks For Better Deal For People With Disabilities, Urges Them To Articulate Needs For Support

A Non-Governmental Organisation, (NGO) Initiative for Eradication of Poverty and Empowerment of the Disabled, IFEPED, has asked people with disabilities (PWDs) to articulate their needs and bring them to their office.

“Those who have one need or the other should write it down and submit it to us so that if there is any person willing to help, the person can be contacted.”

The President of IFEPED, Victor Ugwu, said this during the end of the year party, distribution of gifts to the PWDs from Enugu North Senatorial Zone and presentation of certificates to IFEPED patrons at Adada Hall, Nsukka.

Ugwu said that they empowered the PWDs with different skills, to enable them fend for themselves instead of becoming beggars, urging those interested to contact them so that they can channel them appropriately.

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“Persons With Disabilities who want to acquire skills or need any help should inform IFEPED so that when the time comes, the person will be empowered.
“We don’t want the disabled to become beggars but to be useful citizens,” he reiterated.

He added that for IFEPED to look into their problems, the PWDs in every senatorial zone in the state should do a documentation and have a monthly meeting where issues concerning them should be deliberated.

Some of the people with disabilities in attendance expressed their readiness for IFEPED activities in the zone, pointing out some of the problems they are facing individually both from the government and the society.

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One of the guests, and Traditional Ruler of Igga, in Uzo-Uwani LGA, HRH, Igwe (Dr.) Herbert Ukuta, thanked the organisation for their efforts towards eradication of poverty especially among the disabled persons.

He promised to join hands in empowering people with disabilities that indicate interest according to IFEPED’s instructions.

Highlights of the occasion were the presentation of clutches, wheelchairs and Android phone to some beneficiaries as well as the presentation of certificate to one of the Patrons, Chief (Barr.) Maximus Ukuta.