“ If the corporate sector could step forward to help civil society on national unity, it would be investing directly in the nation’s stability, which was critical for business to flourish and economic activities to grow”, said deputy minister Ummy Nderiananga.
“The corporate sector has not done much, for example, to promote unity or to help civil society groups to play their role in fostering national unity,”she explained.
The corporate sector had made significant contributions in other areas such as the environment, health care education and helping the less privileged, but more could be done for unity.
Speaking here yesterday during an event to distribute artificial limbs to more than 50 PWDs, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Office responsible for PWDs Ummy Nderiananga called on companies doing business in Tanzania to set aside part of their annual profits to be directed towards PWDs.
Nderiananga noted that government's efforts to ensure that PWDs are closely monitored and provided with essential tools and services cannot reach every needy person in the country hence a need for the private sector to complement the same via various CSR drives.
Currently, the government through councils set aside 10 per cent of total revenue for women (four percent), youth (four per cent) and PWDs (two per cent).
“It is obvious that government alone cannot do it, neither is the private sector; let’s join hands together,” she appealed.
The deputy minister said that if adequately empowered, PWDs can be employed or employ themselves end their dependency on family members or donations from well wishers as main the case.
Yesterday’s event was organized by Special Seats MP for Iringa Region (CCM) Dr Ritta Kabati in collaboration with Kamal Group through Empowering People Foundation project.
For her part, Dr Kabati urged PWDs in the region not to be discouraged by their condition since disability is inability or the end of life.
She promised that she will continue to make effort in collaboration with like-minded private sector partners and individuals to ensure that PWDs in the region are reached and supported so that they can be self-reliant and run their lives.
"I would also like to thank Kamal Group for supporting the community by providing these limbs at no cost. In reality, it is not easy for PWDs to get these artificial legs due to their high prices,” she said.
Earlier on, Kamal Group representative Stella Nyaki said that their company has been conducting the exercise of artificial limb distribution regularly and that in the Iringa Region they reached 51 beneficiaries.
She said that despite enrolling more than 30 needy people at the time of the exercise, the company distributed more than 50 limbs after learning that more PWDs who needed the limbs came up with requests.
"This year we expect to distribute 200 artificial limbs to people with disabilities. These limbs are manufactured here in the country by our Kamal Steel factory in Dar es Salaam," Nyaki said.
According UN estimates, one billion people, or 15 per cent of the world’s population, experience some form of disability.
Many of them are still facing exclusions in today’s society such as lack of accessibility in physical and virtual environments, negative attitudes, stigma and discrimination, lack of access to energy, access to assistive technology and rehabilitation and lack of measures to promote independent living, said UN Secretary-General António Guterres recently.