Sokoto State Government on Wednesday said it donated N40 million to 80 physically challenged persons trained in various vocational skills to enable them to start their own businesses.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Physically-challenged Persons, Alhaji Aminu Shagari, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto that the beneficiaries were trained in various vocational skills at the Rehabilitation Centre, Kalambaina, Sokoto.
According to him, the beneficiaries are trained in skills like welding, carpentry, knitting, weaving, shoe making, pomade making and sewing.
Shagari said that the beneficiaries were the first batch of the trainees under the 2013 training cluster, saying that another batch of 100 trainees would soon graduate from the centre.
“They graduated from the centre on Nov. 6 and they were assisted with various working tools by the state government,” the special adviser said
According to him, the gesture is aimed at assisting the beneficiaries to start up their own small scale businesses.
“All these efforts by the state government are aimed at curbing the menace of begging, poverty and unemployment in the society.
“I am appealing to the beneficiaries to desist from street begging and to reciprocate the gesture of the government,” he said.
Shagari further appealed to the people of the state to patronise the wares and products of the trainees of the centre to encourage them and enhance the socioeconomic development of the state. (NAN)