Written by Edrina EMMANUEL

SDS holds medical outreach, empowers 50 physically challenged

The FCT Social Development Secretariat in collaboration with Mirian Charity Foundation has trained about 50 physically challenged persons on various vocations while carrying out medical outreach in the community. 

Briefing journalists, director, Department of Social Welfare, Mrs. Felicia Nwogu, who represented the Secretary, Social Development Secretariat, Alhaji Oladimeji Hassan, stated that the medical outreach and training was due to the passionate appeal made by the physically challenged persons through their leader, HRH Sulaiman Katsina, who insisted that they want to know their health status. 

According to Hassan, the secretariat alongside the Mirian Charity Foundation was at Kari-Majigi community to train those who were not part of the previous training. 

“We are here to empower more of the people so as to help to further discourage them from begging which has become like a norm to them which needs to be discouraged forthwith as well as getting them off the streets.” he stressed. 

The secretary advised that those who will be receiving the training should take it seriously as it will make them earn steady and higher income than they may get through begging, stressing that earning one’s income is more honourable than begging. 

Hassan affirmed that, "a person’s self-image and dignity is enhanced when such person is working instead of begging others before having what to eat, noting that disability is not in any way a basis for laziness and self-pity". 

In her response, the founder of Mirian Charity Foundation, Mrs. Miriam Dike, said the focus of her foundation is to create an enabling environment where the physically challenged will no longer take begging as a source of income. 

‘Our target is to empower the downtrodden that are desirous to stop begging having become decent income earners. We shall work on their mental dispositions and outlook to life; they have to see themselves as able and the same with the able bodied’, Dike said. 

 

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