From Francis Owusu-Ansah
The Nanumba South District Assembly, led by the District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr. Nantogmah Ibrahim Munkaila, has supported a total of 90 Persons Living with Disabilities with educational and economic materials and as well as 180 sheep.
The materials included two gari processing machines, which went to two groups of four gari processors, four table top fridges, two laptop computers, fourteen tricycles, payment of fees of some members in school, and eleven sewing machines.
The DCE recounted the genesis of the persons living with disability fund, from which the items were purchased, to the wisdom of ex-President Kufuor, who triggered support for persons living with disability by the state, which culminated in the enactment of the Persons Living With Disability Act (Act 175)
The act aims at narrowing the poverty margins of the persons living with disability across the country, with a 2.5% allocation from the DACF to the Disability Fund.
The DCE emphasised the desire of the current government, led by Nana Akuffo Addo, to pursue such social-friendly policies which led to the increase of the allocation to 3%.
According to Mr. Ibrahim Munkaila, the fund intends to, among others, build the capacity of PWDs in the districts, provide educational support for children, students and trainees with disabilities, and support the income generating activities of individual persons with disabilities as a means of economic empowerment.
Mr. Ibrahim Munkaila mentioned that the 1,260 registered members could not all be supported at the same time, and that plans are advanced, in consultation with the fund management committee, to support the next batch of members as soon as new release is available.
The DCE appealed to the beneficiaries take good care of the items given, so that they serve the purpose for which they had been procured.
He appealed to community members to consider the concerns of the persons living with disability as the concerns of all, so that they would not be left behind to be a burden on society.
The President of the disability group in the area, Mr. Azumah Solomon, commended the District Assembly for assisting the PWDs.