From Francis Owusu-Ansah, Sunyani
The Sunyani Municipal Assembly has presented equipment worth GH¢162,736 to some physically challenged persons in the area to assist them to engage in productive activities to improve their living standards.
A total of 97 applicants benefitted from various support schemes and packages, including sewing machines, drugs, assisting devices, deep freezers, knitting machines and tools to empower them to venture into various trades and businesses.
Making the presentation on behalf of the assembly, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mrs. Evelyn Ama Kumi Richardson, said the presentation to the physically challenged persons is a demonstration of the government’s commitment to empowering every Ghanaian to contribute to socio-economic development of the country.
Mrs. Ama Kumi-Richardson noted that it is the government’s desire to financially assist persons with disability with tools, and to improve their personal welfare.
“We are all one people and, therefore, should not discriminate against each other. This is to empower and help you create a means of income for yourself, so you don’t depend on others or beg for alms,” she said.
She asked the beneficiaries to put the support to good use for the benefit of society.
The Municipal Social Welfare and Community Development Director, Thomas Tornu, reminded the beneficiaries that funds for the purchase of the equipment are from their three percent share of the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF), and urged the beneficiaries to use the facility for its intended purpose.
The President of the Federation of Persons with Disability in the municipality, Fatawu Fuseini, expressed appreciation to the government for assisting them, and gave the assurance the items will be used efficiently to benefit society.