APPEALS Project will create diverse opportunities for our members – PWDs

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By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria –  The Persons With Disability and Special Needs, (PWDSN), in Kaduna State have said the Agro-Processing Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support Project, (APPEALS), will help reduce poverty level among its members and also create diverse opportunities for others.
Even as they pleaded with Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i, to increase the number of their members in the Programme.
The Executive Director, Women with Disability Self-Reliance Foundation, Mrs Risikat Toyin Muhammed, stated this during a 2-day interactive meeting to harmonized needs assessment and formulate livelihood package for PWDSN in APPEALS Women and Youth Empowerment Programme, (WYEP), in Kaduna on Monday.
According to her, “APPEALS project at the long run will not only benefits PWDSN in urban and rural areas, but will also replicate same to able persons in the society,” she said.
Mrs Muhammed who expressed gratitude to the State Government for including 85 PWDSN, however, appealed to the government to stick to the 5 per cent agreed upon in the proposal.
She added that selecting 85 people for empowerment to reduce poverty amongst many PWDSN means government have not reached 1 per cent of them in Kaduna State.
“We have different clusters of PWD and we have to reach out to them,” she added.
Earlier, Kaduna State Project Coordinator of APPEALS, Dr Yahaya Aminu, said 85 persons with various forms of disability are among the 1,700 people targeted to benefit from the project.
The Coordinator represented by the State Ginger Facilitator, Reuben Teddy Sonkop, said 5 per cent of the beneficiaries are PWDSN which represent 85 persons.
The Women and Youth/Livelihood Specialist, Kaduna APPEALS; Ibrahim Yakubu, in his presentation on some of the objectives of the meeting said is; to harmonize existing needs assessments conducted by states and disaggregated by gender, location, categories of disabilities, segments of intervention.
“streamline the four selected categories of PWDSN and others as peculiar to the state, to be supported by either from the IDA or Counterpart funding, i.e Visually Impaired; Hearing Impaired; Physically Challenged and Dump.
“Analyze disability by impairment and gender (visual, hearing, speech, mobility and multiple impairment, age group, Local Government Area, value chains/segment of interest and come up with proposal of sustainable livelihood packages or BIP within threshold for Women and Youth Empowerment.”
The APPEALS project is a programme of the Government of Malam Nasir El-Rufa’i with support from the World Bank.

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