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Yuletide: FCT secretariat gives gifts to the needy

Published by Daily Times on Fri, 19 Dec 2014

The Social Development Secretariat (SDS) of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), yesterday poured out love and affection to some physically-challenged persons in Abuja, apparently in commemoration of the 2014 Day of Physically Challenged Persons.This, according to the officials of the Secretariat, was targeted at providing them with food items, and clothing materials in the spirit of Christmas celebration.In her welcome address, the Executive Secretary, FCT Social Development Secretariat, Mrs. Blessing Onuh, explained that the Secretariat embarked on the gesture to discourage the physically-challenged from engaging on street begging, which she said, has hazardous effect on their lives.While noting that its the obligation of the Social Development Secretariat to carter for the people with disabilities, Onuh told them that, even if they engage in begging for a whole year, the proceeds from such business, can neither buy them a bag of rice nor a good clothing material.You can attest to the fact that some of your friends have lost their lives as a result of carelessness of drivers, who ran-over by such drivers. So I encourage you not to engage in street begging because it is not good for you, and the FCT Administration is totally against it, she advised.On the need to equip them with skills, Onuh encouraged them to always make good use of the opportunities provided by the Social Development Secretariat to acquire necessary skills and knowledge that will make their lives meaningful.The form to enroll in the skill acquisition centre is free of charge. Just few months ago, some people graduated from one of our skill acquisition centre located in Bwari Area Council, and each of them were given N100, 000 to start life She said.She, however, solicited the contribution and support of well-meaning Nigerians, both government and private, who have the resources to join hands in a philanthropic reach out to the needy with food items, clothing and other cash donations to help them.On advisory note, Mrs. Grace Adogo the Chairperson and Co-ordinator of War Against Prostitution and Street Begging in the FCT warned them to desist from street begging, as the social development secretariat will not hesitate to arrest anyone found on the street begging.Remain in your various homes and camps, and I promise you that we will be visiting you periodically with all that you need to make life better for you Adogo said.In his response, one of the leader of the association of the physically-challenged in Abuja, Suleiman Ahmed, expressed his gratitude to the Secretariat for remembering them with food and clothing materials, ahead of Christmas celebration.
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