The government has released GH¢9.8 million, being Common Fund allocation arrears for Persons With Disability (PWD), to Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) across the country for disbursement.
The amount covers the 2017 fourth quarter, according to a statement issued and signed by Irene Nana Torshie Addo, Administrator of the District Assembly Common Fund.
For the 2017 fourth PWD allocations, the Volta Region had GH¢1.1 million, Eastern Region GH¢1.1 million, Ashanti Region GH¢1.4 million; Brong-Ahafo GH¢ 1.1 million, with the Northern Region receiving GH¢1.1 million.
The Central Region received a total of GH¢931,284; Western Region GH¢977,676, Upper West Region GH¢460,996, Upper East GH¢577,275, and the Greater Accra Region receiving GH¢933,928.
The Common Fund Administrator, earlier this year, also released GH¢28 million to cover the 2016 fourth quarter and 2017 first, second and third quarters.
It is recalled that PWDs, last year, nearly staged a demonstration over the delay in the release of the allocation. According to them, life had been unbearable, since many of them depended on the allocation for survival.
The demonstration was, however, quelled at the eleventh hour, after the government, through the DACF and Ministry for Local Government and Rural Development, assured them of the release of the arrears.
The DACF has charged all MMDAs to equip more than 50 of the PWDs registered in their respective assemblies in economic and business ventures.
It said the PWDs should be provided working tools and equipment, including freezers, sewing machines, corn mills, popcorn machines, barbering tools, welding and carpentry machines, shoes making kits, hair dryers, spraying machines, bee and grasscutter tools, poly tanks and water hoses.
While urging the chief executives of the various assemblies to ensure the process was smooth, it said they should ensure the beneficiaries were the recently registered PWDs.