A total of 136 Persons Living With Disabilities (PWDs) have received support from the Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly.
The support was in the form of cash and other items requested by the beneficiaries to make them self-sufficient so that they could live decent lives.
Some of the beneficiaries received industrial sewing machines, medium size deep freezers, sewing, shoe grinding and fufu pounding machines.
Others benefited from business kiosks (containers), rabbit cages, pepper grinding and knitting machines, while special needs students received cash for the payment of their school fees, educational materials and assistive devices.
Presenting the items to the beneficiaries, the Mayor of Cape Coast, Mr Ernest Arthur, expressed hope that the items would ameliorate the plight of the beneficiaries.
“These items here are what you requested. I am very hopeful that they will be of immense support to you, so that you can have your daily bread,” he said.
Mr Arthur continued: “My humble appeal is that you should kindly take good care of the items by ensuring frequent maintenance so that they will last.”
The President of the Cape Coast branch of Ghana Federation of the Disabled, Mr Joseph Warden, on behalf of the Association, thanked the Mayor and officials of the Department of Social Welfare for the disbursement.
Following the new modalities governing the disbursements of the PWDs’ share of the District Assembly Common Fund, monies are no longer handed over to the beneficiaries, as was done in the past.
The beneficiaries have the sole right to tell the officials what they (beneficiaries) want. The Assembly, through the Department of Social Welfare, then procures the needed items.
The District Assembly Common Fund (DACF) Act 1993, ACT 455 instructs that a two percent allocation of the total sum of funds received by the various assemblies on a quarterly basis be given to Persons living with Disability.
The allocation of the two percent of the DACF to persons living with disability forms part of the government’s efforts to bring relief to persons with disability, especially those who are not employed in the formal sector.