Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina state has unveiled empowerment packages for 170 persons living with disabilities as part of the state government’s initiative to enhance their standard of living.
Masari, speaking during the presentation of the materials to the beneficiaries at Women Multi-purpose Centre in Katsina, urged them to embrace self-employment despite its challenges.
He advised them to use the proceeds from their business ventures to train their children and wards to become productive members of the society.
He cautioned the beneficiaries against reselling the empowerment materials, pointing out that without the government intervention programme, many physically challenged persons would find it difficult to start their own business.
The governor also appealed to wealthy individuals and groups to complement government’s efforts towards assisting the less privileged in the society.
The senior special assistant to governor on people living with disabilities, Muntari Sani, commended Masari for the empowerment initiatives for PLWDs, noting that the present administration plans to establish disabled persons rehabilitation board this year. Sani further expressed delight at the commitment of the governor to fulfill his campaign promise to improve the welfare of disabled persons in the state.