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Borno empowers persons with disabilities with 75 million naira

Borno State Government says it has spent about 75 million naira monthly on the empowerment of youths and persons with disabilities in the state.

Commissioner for Sports and Youths Empowerment, Alhaji Saina Buba, made this known at a media briefing in Maiduguri.

The Commissioner remarked that 2,877 youths have been placed on a monthly allowance of 15,000 naira to dissuade them from engaging in political thuggery, while 1,812 persons with disabilities including blind and the deaf also benefitted from the same gesture.

He explained that due to paucity of fund, the state government had to slash down the monthly stipends from 30,000 to 15,000 naira, adding that the state government is committed to improving the welfare of vulnerable people in the state.

On concerns raised by persons with disabilities, Alhaji Saina Buba said more than 4,000 disabled persons have been registered but only about one-third are benefiting, assuring that government is exploring other opportunities to support them.

According to him, Government cannot pay the whole 4,000 disabled in the state which includes 264 deaf and 1037 blind persons He, however, decried the influx of blind people from neighbouring states to Borno due to the initiative.

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