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IFEPED solicits support, gives 5 mobility aids, scholarships

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The Founder/President, Initiative for Eradication of Poverty and Empowerment of the Disabled (IFEPED), Mr. Victor Ugwu, has solicited more government attention and support towards the activities of the organisation, to enable them empower more persons with disabilities.

Mr. Ugwu made the appeal in Enugu during distribution of mobility aids to people with disabilities.

The NGO also offered scholarships to more than five indigent members to secondary school levels.

He begged government and wealthy Nigerians to come to their aid to put smiles in the faces of more physically challenged persons in the society.

Mr. Ugwu enumerated lack of government patronize/recognition, lack of funds to prosecute their activities, lack of office accommodation and equipment to operate, such as computers, printers, photocopiers as well as lack of utility vehicles as some of the challenges of the organization.

Earlier, the Rector, Enugu State Polytechnic (ESPOLY), the Rev. Fr. Nnamdi Nwankwo, admonished persons with disabilities not to see their disability as an excuse to live a hopeless life.

The Rev. Fr. Nwankwo reminded them that there was hope for them to live and actualise God’s plan for their lives.

The Catholic Priest reiterated that God has plan assignments for everyone on earth, irrespective of one’s physical or psychological condition, stressing that the plan must be fulfilled.

“You are a champion, irrespective of the deformity. For being born, one is a winner. For the fact that you were not killed before birth, the future is bright.

“Respect yourself no matter your situation in life. Stop saying negative words or having negative thought about yourself, rather be positive.

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“Your destiny is in the hands of God. Physical disability cannot stop you from achieving your destiny,” Fr. Nwankwo advised.

The Priest recalled that as the Principal, College of the Immaculate Conception (CIC), Enugu, he took care of children with disabilities, despite the failure of the government to fulfill their obligation for them.

A Former Minister of Aviation, Mrs. Fidelia Njeze, represented by Mrs. Ngozi Chibuoke, urged those living with disabilities to have faith and have confidence in themselves.

Njeze noted that their faith and self-confidence would enable them to fulfill God’s purpose in life, cautioning against allowing depression, frustration and intimidation get hold of them, no matter the situation.

Also, the wife of the Enugu State Governor, Mrs. Monica Ugwuanyi, promised to better the plight of disable persons in the state, by linking them to international organisations that would assist them to ensure they were not left behind.

The wife of the Governor, represented by the Commissioner for Gender Affairs, Princess Peace Nnaji, said the Ministry was proud to associate with people with disabilities, noting that they would not hesitate to assist them when called upon.

The highpoint of the event was presentation of mobility aid, including wheelchairs and clutches as well as award of scholarship to some persons with disabilities.

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