Covid-19: FG provides relief to 460 households in Karmajiji
No fewer than 1,000 persons living with disabilities drawn from 460 households have benefited from relief materials distributed by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs in karamajiji, Abuja.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, while flagging off the distribution of relief items to the beneficiaries in the community on Saturday.
Farouq expressed Federal Government's committment to prioritizing the welfare of people living with disability, PLWDs, across the country.
"We have chosen to commence this flag-off here because karamajiji is one among most organized and recognized communities of persons living with disability, " she said.
The minister appreciated the response of President Mohammadu Buhari towards the vulnerable group, disclosing that according to world Bank estimate, this group make up 15 per cent of the Nigerian population.
Farouq, handed to each beneficiary 1 bag of 5kg rice, 1 bag of 5kg sugar, 1 5 litres of vegetable oil , 4 sachets of salt, 4 packets of Macaroni, 1 sachet of seasoning and 1 piece of wrapper.
Also speaking, the Chief of Karamajiji disable community, Alhaji Suleiman Mohammed Katsina, represented by his Secretary, Mohammed Dantani, thanked the minister for meeting the needs of the disabled in this period of Covid-19 pandemic, and called on her to make provision for decent accommodation for its members.
"We are living in batchers here; we can't build our own houses; we are pleading with the minister to beg the FCT Minister to give us a permanent place of settlement," Suleiman said.
The distribution was witnessed by the Nigerian Representative, African Union, Economic, Social and Cultural Council, AU, ECOSOCC and a Non Governmental Organization, WaterLife Initiative.