MTN Foundation has donated assistive devices like crutches, hearing aids and brailles to people living with disabilities in Abuja to mark the 2018 International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
At the event organised by the Federal Miinistry Of Women Affairs and Social Development with support from the MTN Foundation on Monday in Abuja tagged: “Disability: breaking down the barriers,” MTN Foundation Director, Mrs. Aishatu P Sadauki, OON in her address said International Day of Persons with Disabilities is much more than a day for reflection, but also a rallying call for us to strive towards a more inclusive society.
“Today we celebrate our ‘handicap-able’ friends, who have overcome numerous obstacles and made the best of their circumstances.
“I stand here today, pleased to say that MTN Foundation is working hard to ensure that persons with disabilities are empowered by opportunities to live fulfilled lives through the MTN Foundation Disability Support Project. In collaboration with government at various levels, 19,000 persons with disabilities have benefitted from this project.
Sadauki stated further that, 833 under-graduate scholarships have been awarded to Blind Students in public tertiary institutions and over 291 individuals have graduated from the MTNF Scholarship Scheme for Blind Students. “We didn’t stop there; we went further to equip these graduates with the requisite skills to thrive in today’s dynamic and highly competitive job market, through employability workshops.
“100 young persons with disabilities have undergone skill acquisition training programmes and benefitted from a micro credit scheme under the MTN Foundation Skills Acquisition Project. Also, 1,500 hearing aids have been provided to 896 people with hearing loss, under the MTN Foundation Hearing Aid Support Project.
“This can only be achieved by collaborative effort, by the coming together of like minds bound by a collective drive to make our world a better place for all. We will continue to give our best efforts. We will continue to collaborate with diverse stakeholders to support all persons living with disabilities to break down barriers,” she added.
Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajia Aisha Abubakar in her address said globally, disability remains one of the major challenges that continually threaten human existence and attainment of meaningful development.
“This year’s celebration therefore is aimed at creating awareness on barriers to be broken, doors to be opened, individual attitudes and government policies towards persons with disabilities to be changed which guarantees their inclusion in the society. The celebration is also aimed at promoting disability issues and mobilising support for dignity, right, welfare and integration of persons with disabilities in all aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life,” she said.
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