‘Seun Ibukun-Oni, Abuja – The National Leader, All Progressives Congress, APC Persons With Disabilities, PWDs, has written a letter to the Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Umar Farouq to ensure a transparent inclusion of PWDs in all Social Intervention Programmes.
The letter which was acknowledged on Friday, September 10, appealed to the Honourable Minister to match the presidential directives that at least 15 percent of Social Intervention Programme of the Federal Government should be allotted to PWDs with action.
The statement reads in part: “I write to demand for the transparent inclusion of Persons With Disabilities in the widely publicized Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme (GEEP 2.0) under your supervision which is meant to give priority to the most vulnerable in the society, like widows, youth, persons with disabilities and the internally displaced persons (IDPs), amongst others.
“I am aware of efforts to mainstream PWDs in the Social Intervention Programme of the Federal Government but feedback from our leaders across the country revealed an unsatisfactory inclusion of PWDs in Nigeria.
“The love and directive of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR that at least 15% must specifically be allocated to PWDs must be respected through deliberate policy actions to allot to PWDs their proportionate dues of government Social Intervention Programme (SIP) due to their sheer population, peculiarities and vulnerabilities.”
Hon Bankole further asked for a detailed state by state breakdown of the beneficiaries to show transparency in the process.
“I would be grateful if you use your good office to draft a PWDs Social Intervention Programme outline, detailing the who, where, what and how members of our community will benefit from the TraderMoni; MarketMoni and FarmerMoni across the 36 states and FCT as soon as possible after the receipt of this letter” he added.