The Akuffo Addo led administration has increased the District Assembly Common Fund portion for the Persons with Disabilities from the 2% to 3%. This was revealed to the Federation of Persons with Disabilities over the weekend by the Sagnarigu Municipal Chief Executive, Hon Iddrisu Mariam during a meeting with members of the federation at the Sagnarigu Municipal Disable Resource Center.
This is in fulfillment of the governing New Patriotic Party’s 2016 campaign manifesto to the persons living with disabilities in the country. Hon Iddrisu Mariam also seized the opportunity to announce government’s commitment to realign the disbursement process in order to enhance their welfare.
Available information reveals that, 10% of the allocation will be used for the healthcare needs of the PWDs. Another 10% will be used for their education and capacity building and the remaining 80% used for their economic empowerment and poverty alleviation. With this improvement, government believes that, the PWDs will be out of the principal streets.
In a related development, the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisa Djaba has assured Parliament that, the Ministry is liaising with other state agencies to implement the Ghana Accessibility Standard. According to her, this is to ensure that, all public places are disability friendly across Ghana.
Her response followed a question asked by the Member of Parliament for Asawase in the Ashante Region, Hon Mabarak Muntaka on the floor of Parliament about the steps taken by the Ministry to ensure that, the West African Examination Council (WAEC) building in Kumasi is Disability friendly.
She explained to the Speaker of Parliament that, the WAEC center was commissioned in July 1993, a period she stated disability issues were not on the front burner. “However, the Ministry in its efforts has ensured that the WAEC office locates the examination Hall and the office of the Controller on the ground floor for easy access by Persons with Disabilities, she added.”
Meanwhile, First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei Owusu for his part lauded the Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister for always availing herself in Parliament to address pertinent issues bothering the minds of Ghanaians.
story by: Mohammed Gadafi, northstarfmonline.com