.We’ve stick to that agreement – Official
Representatives of persons with disability on Monday, January 25, asked the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai to stick to five percent representation agreement in its agriculture intervention programme called Agro-Processing Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS).
This according to the Executive Director of Women with Disability Self-Reliance Foundation, Risikat Toyin Muhammed, would increase the sense of belonging if this group of Nigerians.
Risikat spoke during a 2-day interactive meeting to harmonized needs assessment and formulate livelihood package for people with disability and special needs (PWDSN) in Kaduna on Monday.
To her, “APPEALS project, in the long run, would not only benefits people with disability and special needs in urban and rural areas but would also replicate same to able persons.
“We appreciate the State Government for including 85 PWDSN in the APPEALS project. I also want to appeal to the State government to stick to the five percent agreed upon in the proposal”, she said.
But, the Coordinator of APPEALS, Dr Yahaya Aminu, cleared Risika fear about the agreed percentage in the proposal saying, 85 persons with various forms of disability were among the 1,700 targeted beneficiaries of the project.
Represented by the State Ginger Facilitator, Reuben Teddy Sonkop, the Coordinator said the 85 persons represent five percent Risikat talked about.
One of the key objectives of the meeting was to analyze disability by impairment and gender (visual, hearing, speech, mobility and multiple impairments) age group, local government area, value chains/segment of interest and come up with a proposal of sustainable livelihood packages within the threshold for women and youth empowerment.
The APPEALS project is a programme of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development targeting medium and small attic enterprises with Kaduna serving as one of the viable states.