Physically challenged Nigerians are set to get relief as Japan and Nigeria have signed a grant agreement worth 350 million Japanese Yen, equivalent of N600 million or $3.7 million to support their mobility.
The support is to be implemented through the Ministry of Women Affairs and would be used to procure wheelchairs and walking support wheels for the people with physical disabilities in Nigeria.
Specifically, the grant is to be used to purchase some 2,220 units of whee chairs and 740 units of walking support (clutches). Fifty units of the wheel chairs will be distributed to each of the 36 states and FCT by the Ministry of Women Affairs.
The pact was jointly signed by Shamsuddeen Usman, minister/deputy chairman, National Planning Commission, for Nigeria and Ryuichi SHOJI, Japanese ambassador to Nigeria, signed on behalf of the Japanese government.
ONYINYE NWACHUKWU, Abuja