succour is coming the way of over twenty nine Deltans; People with Disabilities (PWDs) in the state as the state government, Monday commenced the second tranche and empowerment programme for them in line with the job creation project of the Senator Ifeanyi Okowa administration.
The number, our correspondent reports would bring the total number of PWDs already empowered in the state since the present administration of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to 79 as it would be recalled that 50 of them, drawn from the various local government areas of the state were equipped and empowered with starter packs in 2017.
The present beneficiaries who are also drawn from the various local government areas of the state, our correspondent further reports, would be trained on their chosen trades ranging from ICT, Hair dressing, Carpentry, Aluminium works, fashion design, catering/confessionaries, among others.
Addressing the beneficiaries during a one-day orientation programme jointly organised by the office of the Chief Job creation Officer of the state and that of the state commissioner for women affairs, community and social development, the State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa reassured Deltans that his SMART agenda programme is all encompassing and without discrimination.
Represented by the Chief Job creation officer of the state, Prof. Eric Eboh, the Governor while urging the beneficiaries to take advantage of the training programme to better their lives economically, said that the programme would not be limited to the already selected 80 beneficiaries, but would be extended to other PWDs in the state given the availability of funds.
He said, “It is our commitment to ensure that People With Disabilities were no longer marginalised in the state. Given the commitment, it is obvious that they are now in the mainstream in our government programmes and activities
“To drive this, you will recall that recently, we constituted a steering committee of PWDs which is now domiciled in the office of the Commissioner for Women Affairs, community and social development. This is obvious as it is no longer a fairy tales.
“This is part of our all inclusiveness policy as a government. It is our commitment to ensure that no part of Delta, no social group/segment would be left out; everybody would be carried along.
“It is our hope that in the nearest future, more persons with disabilities would be captured in the programme. So, there is hope” The Governor assured.
Earlier in her welcome address, the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Community and Social development, Revd. (Mrs) Omatsola Williams enjoined the beneficiaries to take the training exercise seriously just as she warned that any trainee who is found wanting, particularly and in relation to truancy during the three or six months training programme would loss his or her chance.