PHYSICALLY challenged persons have been charged to learn skills and do something for themselves, instead of submitting themselves to begging.
The president, Initiative for Eradication of Poverty and Empowerment of the Disabled, IFEPED, Mr. Victor Ugwu, who gave the charge in Enugu yesterday at the 2020 World Disability Day, urged them not rely on begging or look forward to the annual charity being dished out by organizations, government, and individual, but to do something for themselves and earn better living.
“I encourage us not to go into begging but learn to do something for yourselves. The annual charity should stop because they come once a year.
“We are against begging. Start to be doing something today, learn skills to earn a living instead of begging. We should learn how to manage ourselves rather than relying on others,” he charges.
He said they should learn to encourage themselves before looking out for help from others.
“You have to encourage yourselves before others will begin to help you,” he said.
Speaking at the occasion, the traditional ruler of the day, Igwe Thomas Inyama from Ogwofia Owa, Ezeagu Local Government Area, told the physically challenged to see themselves as normal persons because virtually everybody is disabled in one way or the other physically, emotionally, and legally.
Inyama said disability was not something to be celebrated but rather the authorities should be evoked to come to their rescue.