June 25, 2024

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Street hawking: Wike wouldn’t dislodge physically challenged traders as FCTA commission plans partnership

NATIONAL Commission for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD) plans to partner with the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to secure shopping spaces for persons with disabilities (PwDs) in designated areas, to do their legitimate trading without molestation.
NCPWF executive secretary James Lalu has been saying that any frictions in this regard would soon be resolved
As he received the leadership of Self-Reliance for Physically Challenged Traders Association of Nigeria (SPCTAN) led by their chairman Munnir Shehu in Abuja, Lalu assures that all would be well.
A delegation was at the commission to register concerns over the disruption of their businesses by FCTA joint taskforces and submit a letter of appeal to the executive secretary for onward delivery to the FCT minister.
The executive secretary assured the visitors of his determination to support their course to ensure that they have decent means of livelihood. He says he is happy that the association executives are law-abiding.
Legitimate businesses
“’I assure you that the complaints you bring here about the disruption of your businesses will be presented to the Minister of FCT, Mr. Nyesom Wike.
”We will ensure alternative means are provided for you to continue your legitimate business.”
Earlier, Shehu said the association has no fewer than 293 members doing legitimate businesses in the FCT, saying they needed the FCTA to allocate shops for their members to enable them do their businesses decently.
”We have been put out of business for the past three to four weeks now; we don’t go to our business places.
“We got to know that this is very serious when FCTA Environmental Taskforce personnel arrested our member and took him to SARS and we went to bail him.
”It really touched us because we are all human beings, we don’t engage in street begging. We are doing our legitimate business and some of you who go around Berger Junction, Bannex Plaza and other places will see us doing our legitimate businesses.”