The Minister of State for Industry,  Trade and Investment,  Amb. Mariam Yalwaji Katagum has reaffirmed  committment of the Federal Government to support  people  living with disabilities in the country.

The Minister stated this when  she received in audience a delegation from the Network of the Disabled Women led by the National Secretary,  Mary Omoyeme Musa in  her office in Abuja  today.

The Minister  said the President Buhari led- administration is passionate about the well being of  people with disabilities which led to the creation of the National Commission  for Persons with  Disabilities  to address their various challenges and mainstream them for better inclusion in the policies and programmes of Government.

Amb. Katagum further explained that a lot is being  done by the Federal government to support people with disabilities,  citing, the allocation of  five percent in every track of the MSMEs Survival Fund  which was meant to cushion the effect of COVID-19  on MSMEs to  people with living with disabilities by the present administration. 

Amb.Katagum  also noted that the Federal Executive Council always ensure that every memo on new office building  that comes to the council for consideration  accomodates  relevant structures  to serve people living with disabilities.

The Minister also made it known that her  Ministry has a Gender Unit with mandate to address issues relating to  women  especially in business and trade with due  consideration to women living  with disabilities.

While urging the delegation to leverage on the training opportunities that abound  in the Ministry through its parastatals such as Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) among others,  she noted that  the  Industrial  Training Fund has about sixty vocational skills  training with certification and starter packs.

The Minister acknowledged  efforts of the Network of the  Disabled Women and  advised that a lot of advocacy programmes   should be carried  out among their various groups in order to tap into various government’s   policies  and  programmes.

 Earlier in her remarks, the  National Secretary   Network of the  Disabled Women and leader of the delegation, Mary Omoyeme Musa said that the purpose of  their visit  was to introduce the organization and   seek for  collaboration with  the Ministry  particularly in areas of mainstreaming into developmental programmes, training in business and trade opportunities ,among others. 

The Deputy Director,  Gender Unit in the Ministry,  Mrs. Achinam Chioma Fidel in her closing remarks acknowledged  the willingness  of the Network of the Disabled  Women to be involved in the Ministry’s  programmes and expressed the readiness of the Ministry  to work with the organisation.

Oluwakemi Ogunmakinwa Mrs.

Assistant Director Information.