By Iceta Scovin
Adjumani-The People with Disabilities (PWDs) have petitioned President Yoweri Museveni to increase special grants to enable them engage in productive activities.
During the World Disability Day in Adjumani, the Chairperson National Union for Disabled Persons in Uganda (NUDIPU), Grace Night, said the absence of a Ministry for disabled persons has made it difficult to have their grievances worked on by government.
She said they (PWDs) want to work, have an income which would provide for the necessities of life and engage with their families to winder social world.
PWDs dancing in Adjumani during a function. Photos by Iceta Scovin
She said having special grants would create opportunities for them to fight poverty in the families.
The LC5 chairman Adjumani district, James Leku, said the district receives Shs 27 million for supporting PWDs mainly for livelihood project s and last five years the district received a total of Shs 136 million with 900 PWDs benefitting from the various projects.
Leku urged for increase of budgetary allocation at both the district and central government level for persons with disabilities projects.
The minister of state for northern Uganda Rehabilitation, Ms Grace Kwiyocwiny, said the government is committed improving the lives of persons with disability. “Some PWDs were given support in terms of wheel chairs and other devices, it is possible to change the life of persons with disabilities in the society,” she said.
PWDs with tricycles in Adjumani town.
Kwiyocwiny said the PWDs should avoid being beggars but focus on education that would be used later to transform their lives.
In the district, some of the PWDs have resorted to acts of begging on the streets but the different leaders said they should stop the act and engage in productive activities.
“The government had signed convention on education to ensure everybody is expected to attain education in the country. So you need to focus on education because this will take you far and get jobs to become economically independent,” Kwiyucwiny said.