50 persons living with disabilities in the Tano North Muncipality have received support from the Assembly to alleviate their plight and make their living conditions better.

The items which included the deep freezers, sewing machines, shoe making items, corn mills, roofing sheets, hair dressing equipment, farming inputs among others totaling GH₵80,000 were presented to the recipients at a colourful ceremony in Duayaw Nkwanta.

Others who had hospital bills to be settled were also sorted out.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony, the Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. Ernest Kwarteng said government has increased the percentage of the District Assemblies Common for People with Disabilities from 2 percent to 3 percent.

“this current government has increased the disability share of the District Assembly Common Fund from 2 percent to 3 percent, a significant increase which will help address the financial needs of our brothers and sisters with any form of disability and we the MMDAS are eager to disburse it immediately the common fund hits our accounts to ensure effective use of the money” he noted.

 Mr Kwarteng stated, the amount won’t be shared among the PLWD anymore,  adding  the new government policy is that beneficiaries through the Committee will indicate what business venture they want to patronize and the accompanying tools and equipment will be purchased for them.

 “we have adopted a new way for the disbursement of the  money, we intend to buy machines, equipment and tools for those with skills to start up their own business for profit making. Those who want to enter into a business will be given financial literacy and guidance so that the money given them can yield dividends and sustain them” Mr Sarpong hinted.

He therefore entreated recipients of the items not to sell them but  use them to improve their businesses and livelihoods.

“if we will be sincere to ourselves and use these items supplied efficiently, we can make a living out of it, eradicating the incidence of PLWD besieging pedestrians for money in the streets, which is unacceptable” he mentioned.

Some of the beneficiaries expressed their profound gratitude to the government and promised to use the items for their intended purpose.

The District Assembly Common Fund Act (DACF ) 1993 stipulates that a two percent of the fund is given to Persons with Disability to among others, support their businesses.

Ghana passed its Disability Act (715, 2006) and ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in 2012. As a State Party to the UNCRPD, Ghana is required to domesticate the UNCRPD, hence the amendment of the Ghana Disability Act 715, 2006.

Source: Kwame Osahene/Oman FM.

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