No fewer than one thousand, six hundred (1,600) Persons Living with Disability (PLWD) in Kwara State will benefit from the Federal Government’s three-month special public works programme.
This was disclosed after an interactive meeting with the State Committee Chairman, Oluwasegun Oyewo, and leadership of the Joint National Association of Persons with Disability (JNAPD).
Oyewo siad, “The number represents 10 per cent of the 16,000 beneficiaries in the state. Like initially planned from the top, that 1,000 beneficiaries would come from each of the 16 councils. Beneficiaries should be between 18 and 50 years, literates (20 per cent) and 30 per cent women.
He added that beneficiaries do not necessarily have to be indigenes, but residents, adding that services to be rendered by them do not require any special skills.
According to him, the programme would run from October to December, and beneficiaries would get N20,000 monthly.
Emir of Ilorin Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, represented by Malam Salihu Balogun, hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for providing jobs for 774,000 youths through the scheme, which he described as laudable.