The lepers ask for an increase in their monthly allowance
Leprosy patients in Ogun on Tuesday called for an increase in their monthly stipend of N3, 000, given them by the state government.
The spokesman of the patients, George Odunawo, made the call when members of Ogun State Chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, visited the lepers’ settlement in Abeokuta as parts of activities marking the 2012 NUJ Press Week.
According to him, the lepers need a better welfare package as well as improved living conditions.
“We can’t go out to beg for money and the government is not doing enough to keep us here, we have received just three months’ stipends this year.
“It is important for the government not to forget us here as most of us are aged and because of our conditions we can’t do normal jobs,” he said.
Mr. Odunawo said lack of capital was hindering him and his mate of meaningful venture.
“We have received series of training but we can’t produce anything due to the lack of capital and conditions necessary for such production.
“Our children acquired various skills, but they can’t feed us with it because their skills are useless since they are not employed; please, help inform government of our plight,” he said.
Earlier, the Chairman of Ogun NUJ, Wole Sokunbi, said that it is important for government and public spirited individuals to come to the aid of the needy.
He appealed to individuals not to detest people with disability in the society.