FG EMPOWERS IDENTIFIED PRODUCERS OF ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGIES IN 36 STATES AND FCT

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    The Federal Government has commenced the empowerment of identified local producers of Assistive Technologies in 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, in Lokoja, Kogi State capital.

    The Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, represented by the Director of Special Needs, Mrs. Nkechi Onwukwe, said “the workshop was put together with the aim of ensuring that millions of Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) enjoy the right to independent living, inclusion and participation through local production of quality and affordable assistive devices.”

    According to the Minister, “The Department of Special Needs is working in collaboration with partners to nurture and harness the potentials of Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) as well as promoting activities that enhance their interaction, mainstreaming and empowerment for a more sustainable economic, social and political growth of the nation.

    She also added that the Ministry, after the training, will give a grant of Two hundred thousand Naira (N200,000) to local producers to expand and improve on the production of wheelchairs, prosthesis, crutches and other devices.

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