As part of the ongoing sensitization on the risks associated with irregular migration within communities and countries in a bid to seek greener pastures, the handler of The Migrant Project, has extended the education to Persons with Disabilities (PWD) to share the difficulties in irregular migrations.
In a recent engagement during the International Day for Persons with Disabilities held at Ojokoro community, Lagos Mainland, in partnership with the Hope Foundation School, Ijaiye, the handlers of the initiative sensitized persons with disabilities on dangers of irregular migration stressing their double vulnerability status.
According to one of the project coordinator, Amaka Nneji, persons in this category usually fall victim to fraudsters who mostly dupe them of their monies.
“Because most people see them as less human, you see some of them being marked for organ harvestation and some get duped for a huge sum of money by agents. This has to stop which is why we encourage people in that category to get a skill for them to understand that the land is greener than over there in Europe. Everyone wants to migrate actually but there are better opportunities here in the country,” she said.
She noted that attendees of the session were taught skills such as shoemaking, furniture, body cream, mosquito repellent, photo editing among several others in a bid to improve their lives.
She, however, stressed that it is important for members of the society to warmly welcome persons with disabilities as they are part of the society and can also add value to all walks of life.
“They are humans and deserve to be celebrated. It takes nothing from us and is of importance to appreciate their contributions to every facet of the society,” Nneji added.