Speaking in Dar es Salaam yesterday during a ceremony to received artificial limbs for the people with disabilities sponsored by the five institutions, Ikupa said it was encouraging to see institutions such as Mengi Foundation helping people with disabilities to enable them realise their hidden potentials.
She said she had spoken to the People’s Empowerment Fund and Kamal Group who said that they had the capacity of making artificial limbs required by Tanzanians.
“The government, under President John Magufuli, Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan and our ministry, which is under the Prime Minister’s Office , do appreciate the role that you play in improving the lives of people with disabilities,” Ikupa said after receiving the artificial limbs from IPP Executive Chairman, Dr Reginald Mengi.
The deputy minister further noted that the government will always work hard to solve challenges facing people with disabilities hence asking the group to appreciate and love themselves while working hard to attain economic dependence by utilising their strength and capabilities.
In his remarks, Mengi urged people with disabilities to have faith in themselves and to believe that they can be successful in life. “When you think of becoming rich, do not think of becoming someone like Mengi. Instead, think of becoming somebody richer than Mengi because you can do that…My call to you is that you can, you will and you must,” he said.
He said he has always maintained the love to help people with disabilities and that was why he recently launched the company that will produce cellphones and electronic gadgets which will employ more people with disabilities.
Mengi praised Kamal Group chairman, Gagan Gupta who both of them had a lot of things in common. “I call him Gagan Mengi because we have a lot of things in common. He is a wonderful person who supports the humankind,” he said.
Speaking during the event, the managing director of Dr Reginald Mengi People With Disabilities Foundation, Shimimana Ntuyabaliwe said the IPP Executive Chairman will dish out 200,000/- to each of the 120 people who were earlier given the artificial limbs by Kamal Group’s PEF and Rotary Club of Bahari Dar es Salaam.
“The money is meant to help them in conducting their small scale business ventures and for buying school equipment for the pupils,” Ntuyabaliwe noted.