The Joint National Association of Persons living with Disabilities (JONAPWD), an umbrella body of People With Disabilities (PWDs), Monday, trained over 80 members on information and communication technologies (ICTs) and digital business opportunities.
Speaking at the event held in Awka, the state capital, the State Chairman of JONAPWD, Comrade Ugochukwu Okeke, said it was aimed at enhancing their knowledge of ICTs while building their capacities to earn livings as well as become employers of labour.
“We want to encourage our members to embrace ICTs. The objectives are to build our capacities on the financial investment opportunities in ICTs. It will also help our people to fully recover from the effects of COVID-19. The trainees are to train others at the Local Government Areas (LGAs).
“From LGAs to communities and villages and homes. It is operation zero tolerance to street begging. We want a situation where our members can use their mobile phones to transact and earn genuinely online. In this training, our members shall also be equipped and prepared to participate actively on electronic voting which the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will test run in Anambra State November 6 gubernatorial election. We don’t want to be disfranchised,” he added.
A representative of the Anambra State Ministry of Women, Children Affairs and Social Welfare, Mr Uchendu Bernice, commented JONAPWD for the initiative, urging members to pay adequate attention as the world, according to her, is driven by ICTs.
Some of the resource persons, Mr Ugonna Umeokwanna and Hon. Joseph Collins, encouraged them to maximally utilised their social media profiles to establish, advertise and transact their businesses.
Earlier, governor Willie Obiano, represented by his Special Adviser (SPAD) on disability matters, Barrister Chuks Ezewuzie, assured the disability community of his continuous support and cooperation to create enabling environment for them and others to survive.