By Justina Auta
On Friday, some non-governmental organizations (NGOs) sensitized the Karmajiji Colony of People with Disabilities, FCT, on the evils of street begging, mental health and their rights to social inclusion.
Hajiya Zainab Khalil, national coordinator of the Youth Ambassador Against Drugs Initiative (YAADAI), during a medical outreach in the community, said outreach was needed to shape a liveable world for all vulnerable children.
She expressed concern about out-of-school children, street children, children with disabilities and people involved in drug addiction, hence the need to educate them on the factors that affect their development.
She also denounced the way street children were used as political thugs and absorbed negative vices, urging the government to fully implement the Child Rights Act, which will ensure the protection of children’s rights.
“It’s like their rights have been violated and we’re comfortable with that. We therefore want to raise awareness that these rights must not be violated.
“We introduce laws and policies, but we don’t implement them. We are looking at the mental health of these children and we need to change their mindset, ” she said.
Regarding improving access to education for people with physical disabilities and their children, the national coordinator said the organization would write to the federal government to deploy members of the NYSC, people who already exist in schools in the community.
In addition, Ms Aramide Togun, the coordinator of the Kazit Children Development Foundation, said that she would support communities with disabilities through educational intervention programs to discourage street children from begging and selling on the road.
“We look to education, once they are educated they will be able to do a lot of things.
“So we’re going to talk to the leaders and find out how much they pay the teachers and support them in any way we can to educate the children,” she said.
Togun explained that the foundation will also donate face masks, hand sanitizers and hand wash basins, as well as other sanitary items to shed more light on COVID-19 as part of medical awareness.
In his presentation, medical practitioner Dr Ndidi Ijeh stressed the need for people to continue to adhere to government guidelines on COVID-19 to prevent them from coming into contact with or spreading the virus.
Previously, Alhaji Sulaiman Muhammed-Katsina, the FCT’s Emir of All Disabled People, called on the government to improve access to quality education in order to discourage begging and street selling by children.
Additionally, Hajiya Rahina Haruna, Women’s Leader, Colony for People with Disabilities, thanked the organization for supporting people with disabilities, urging others to emulate a similar gesture.
Mr. Ibrahim Sagir, President FCT Disabled Colony and Youths Leader, called on the government and well-meaning Nigerians to help them access education, health facilities and income-generating businesses.
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