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ASSEMBLIES MUST MAKE FACILITIES ACCESSIBLE TO PWDs

The Ghana Federation of Disability Organization has asked all District Assemblies to make their facilities accessible to Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).

 

The organization made the request at an open forum at Nsawkaw in the Tain District of the Brong Ahafo Region to engage stakeholders on problems affecting their performance.

 

They also deliberated on the challenges and the possible ways to address the challenges associated with the disbursement and application of the three percent of the Disability Fund under the District Assemblies Common Fund.

 

Mr Fredrick Ofosu, programmes manager of the Federation, noted that the constitution frowns on any form of discrimination and therefore the concept of inclusive development should be embraced completely.

 

According to him, disability inclusiveness goes beyond the Disability Fund. To this end, the policies, programmes and facilities of the Assemblies should be accessible. He appealed to the Disability Fund Management committee to do assessment and vetting of applications they receive before granting approval.

 

On the other hand, Mr Ofosu urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the items they receive to secure their future.

 

The District Chief Executive, Ms Charity Akua Foriwaa Dwommoh, said since January 2018, a total of 135 PWDs had received support from the assembly out of 562 applications received from the various disability groups across the district.

 

Out of the beneficiaries, 74 people got educational support, 9 people benefitted from skills training and apprenticeship, 2 got medical support, while 50 others secured income support.

 

Source: ISD (Isaac Yeboah)