By Sampson Boroh
Thirty physically challenged persons on Friday in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, completed a skill acquisition training programme sponsored by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The training was held in collaboration with a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), the Potters Heritage Foundation (PHF).
The benefiting 30 physically challenged persons drawn from across the state were trained in beads making, shoe making, photography, GSM repairs, make up, confectionary and wig making.
Speaking at the closing ceremony for the participants, facilitator of the skill training workshop, Mrs Akeghayifa Diffa, said the purpose of the training was to empower people living with disabilities with relevant skills that will help make a living for themselves and become better persons in society.
She said, “At the end of the training we want to see person living with disabilities doing things on their own, making a living out if the skills they have acquired here.
“Most of most of them are so happy and have promised to take full advantage of the training.”
She said over 30 persons living with disabilities participated in the training and will get starter packs from the NDDC to begin their businesses.
Chairman, Association of Persons with Disabilities in the Niger Delta, Sokari Aspila, said the training was an eye opener for them as it afforded the opportunity to learn certain skills for their own development.
While thanking the NDDC and the facilitator of the training program, Soakri, said this was the first time NDDC was conducting such a training for the physically challenged persons since their existence.
He said, “It’s was an eye opener and it will gives an opportunity to learn certain skills for persons with disability.
“I want to thank the NDDC because this is the first time we are having this kind of training since their existence. It is a good impression that are giving to persons with disabilities, letting us know that we are important in the society and I pray that they will do more.
“We are going to take advantage of this training program, especially in Bayelsa state. I see the zeal and determination in the trainees and I know that with that determination in them they are ready to take up the challenge and become useful in the society.
“The training was well organized despite the short period it lasted and we were well impacted.”