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Minister, SPLM Chief whip discuss PwD sports empowerment

By William Madouk


South Sudan’s government chief whip at parliament and the Minister of Youth and Sports have proposed an initiative aimed at empowering persons with disabilities in sports.

Rebecca Joshua Okwach and Dr. Joseph Geng Akech, in the plan, seek to create opportunities and support systems to enable people with disabilities participate in athletes and other sports disciplines.

Hon. Okwach discussed the development with Dr. Akech during a courtesy visit to the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

During the meeting, Hon. Okwach emphasized the need for people with impairments to grab a chance by showcasing their talents.

“Rebecca Joshua emphasized her commitment to empowering individuals with disabilities by harnessing their potential,” a statement issued after their meeting partly reads.

Meanwhile, the minister of youth and sports, Dr. Akech commended the chief whip for rallying behind inclusion initiative of people with special needs.

He also pledged to address the challenges outlined in the Ministry’s strategic plan, which focuses on youth development, peace, and unity, as well as the promotion of inclusive sports.

Dr. Akech reiterated his firm commitment to end discrimination against persons with disabilities during his time as the National Minister of Youth and Sports.

“The Ministry of Youth and Sports is committed to implementing H.E. President Kiir’s vision of fostering peace and stability in South Sudan. That is why the Ministry has prioritized sports, youth upskilling, and youth peacebuilding,” he said.




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