Street hawking: Commission, FCT partners to secure trading spheres for PwDs

Street hawking: Commission, FCT partners to secure trading spheres for PwDs
October 11 07:38 2023 Print This Article

The National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD) is to partner with the FCT Administration to secure shopping spheres for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) to do their legitimate trading.

Mr James Lalu, the Executive Secretary of the NCPWD, made this known when he received leadership of Self-Reliance for Physically Challenged Traders Association of Nigeria (SPCTAN) led by their Chairman, Mr Munnir Shehu in Abuja.

The delegation was at the commission to register their concerns over the disruption of their businesses by the joint taskforce and submit a  letter of appeal to the Executive Secretary for onward delivery to the FCT Minister.

The NCPWD executive secretary assured the visitor of his determination to support their course to ensure that they have a decent mean of livelihood.

He commended members of the physically challenged traders association of Nigeria for being law abide in the pursuit of their businesses.

” I thank you for standing on what we always say that disability is not inability. Go out and do legitimate business to earn a living. Never find excuses for your own disability.

“’I want to assure you that the complain you bring about the disruption of your businesses will be presented to the Minister of FCT, Mr Nyesom Wike.

”We will make sure that alternative means is provided for you to continue your legitimate business” Lalu said.

Earlier,  Shehu said members of the association has no fewer than 293 members doing legitimate businesses in the FCT.

Shehu also appealed to the FCTA  allocate shops for their members to enable do their businesses in a decent manner.

He said, the appeal became necessary to take their off the streets to avoid further harassment and confrontation with the members of the environmental joint taskforce in the city.

”We have been put out of business for the past three to four weeks now, we don’t go to our business places.

” Because we get to know that this is very serious when ‘FCTA Environmental Taskforce arrest one of our member, took him to SARS and we went to bail him.

”It really touched us because we are all human beings, we don’t engage in street begging.

”We are doing our legitimate business and some of you who go around berger, Bannex and other places will see us doing our legitimate business.

” Some of us earn N500 to N1, 000 as gain daily and use it to sustain ourselves ” he said.

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