From Francis Owusu-Ansah .
As part of the global celebration of International Day for Persons Living with Disabilities (PWDs), the Wenchi Municipal Assembly in the Brong-Ahafo Region has presented some relief items valued at about GH¢90,000 to 70 persons living with disability to enhance their standard of living.
The items presented to the PWDs included, brand new refrigerators, deep freezers, sewing machines, carpentry tools, fufu pounding machines, and plastic chairs among others.
The Wenchi Municipality Chief Executive (MCE), Dr. Prince Kwakye Afriyie, said the items are to resource members of the Federation of Persons with Disabilities to empower them to live a fulfilling life of self-dependence.
“These items, which you see here today, are to help the beneficiaries venture into commercially viable activities to enhance their standard of living,” the MCE said.
According to the MCE, the materials were acquired from the share of the Common Fund allocated to the Assembly for disabled persons.
Dr. Kwakye Afriyie stressed that persons living with disabilities have a three percent share of the quarterly releases of the District Assembly Common Fund, which is meant for the upkeep of the disabled in the Municipality.
He said: “The fund was previously disbursed in cash to the physically challenged persons for their use, but the Akufo-Addo government, however, thought it wise to use the money to secure some source of living with the consent of the PWDs, instead of handing out physical cash to the beneficiaries, which they usually dissipate in no time.”
“In compliance with this directive, the Assembly decided to use the funds to set you up in small business ventures, which would help improve your economic status, instead of you taking the cash, which is in line with the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s vision to support the less privileged and marginalised in society, to be able to earn a living for themselves, hence, the provision of the income generating equipment,” he added.
The MCE further said: “It is the wish of the President to support all people living with disabilities with, at least, one equipment before his four year term is over.”
He commended the Member of Parliament for Wenchi, Prof George Gyan Baffour, for his continues support to the physically challenged, funding them periodically to enhance their livelihoods, and also assisting the children of the disabled to attain the best education in the district and beyond.
The leadership of the Ghana Federation of the Disability, after receiving the items, commended the government for the support and promised to make good use of the items.
Present at the ceremony were the municipal chairmen of the Ghana Federation for the Disabled and the Ghana Blind Union, Richard Ofosu and Hafisatu Adams, respectively.