Asmara — The Ministry of Labor and Human Welfare has called for stepped-up efforts and community participation as regards promoting socio-economic activities of the Disabled. It made the call today in connection with the marking of the World Day of the Disabled at Expo grounds.
Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Salma Hassan, Minister of Labor and Human Welfare, said that disability is not an impediment in human activities, especially work, and that the experience of the freedom fighters in the armed struggle for independence attests to this.
She went on to indicate that the government could implement effective programs with a view to raising the production capacity of the Disabled on the basis of such experience. Ms. Salma further noted the vitality of communal awareness pertaining to the realization of the cherished goal thereof.
The event witnessed cultural performances by students from various schools, besides the staging of sports activities by Tesfa Club.
Meanwhile, members of the Eritrean National War-disabled Veterans Association (ENWVA) in She'ib Mensheb expressed satisfaction with the government's initiative as regards improving their livelihood. They also pointed out that the launching of a bakery and restaurant business jointly owned by 9 members of the Association in the locality attests to such initiative.
Among the Association members, Mr. Mohammed-Ali Ibrahim, Mr. Ferej Mohammed-Seid, Ms. Hawa Mohammed-Ali and Mr. Ahmed Sheikh Adem stated that they could play an exemplary role among the community members concerning the culture of work. "We would work hard for a still more gratifying outcome", they added.