People with Disabilities in Southern Province have asked the Ministry of Sports ,Youth and Child development to relocate from their current offices so
that disabled people can have easy access the Youth Empowerment Fund.
Chairperson for the Disabled in Southern Province George Mizinga says members from his association especially the youths can not access some of Government’s social services because the responsible ministries are either far from them or are located on multi storey buildings with dysfunctional elevators.
The Ministry of Sports,Youth and Child Development Office in Livingstone is on the seven floor of the Musi-o-Tunya Building.The building
has no functioning elevator.
Mr.Mizinga said in an interview that it would be easier for the disabled if the Ministry relocated to the bottom floor of the building.
Provincial Youth and Child Development Coordinator in the Province Harriet Milimo says the Ministry is considering relocating.
Ms Milimo disclosed that the ministry has acquired a piece of land within town area so that each and every person intending to work with
the ministry found it easily.
“Yes i agree with Mr.Mizinga we are not receiving youths with disabilities at our offices probably because of the location so we have decided to acquire a piece of land somewhere so that each and every youth can access us,”she said.
She admitted that disabled youths do not access the empowerment fund.
Ms Milimo,whose office is responsible for the administration of the fund said she has tried to encourage them to access the fund but due to the location of her office very few of them manage to visit her and later on access the money.
Meanwhile about five youth groups in Southern Province accessed grants worth K2million each as part of the youth empowerment fund.