As part of the global celebration of this year’s International Day of Persons Living with Disabilities, the Wenchi Municipal Assembly in the Brong Ahafo Region has presented some relief items to about 70 Persons living with disability to enhance their standards of living.
The items according to the Municipal Chief Executive, Dr. Prince Kwakye Afriyie, is to resource the federation to empower them to live fulfilling lives of self dependence.
“This items which you see here today is to help the beneficiaries venture into commercially viable activities to enhance their standards of living,” he stated
According to the MCE the materials were acquired from the disables share of the common fund allocated to the Assembly.
Educating the gathering during the brief presentation ceremony at the Municipal Assembly, Dr. Prince Kwakye Afriyie, explained that persons living with disabilities have 3 percent share of the quarterly releases of the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF) which is meant for the up keep of the disables in the Municipality.
He stressed that “the fund was previously disbursed in cash to the physically challenged persons for their use, the Akufo-Addo government however thought it wise to use the money to secure some source of living with the consent of the disables 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 equipments” he stated.
He said, it is the wish of the President to support all people living with disability with at least one workable equipment before his first four year term ends.
The MCE Dr Prince Kwakye Afiriyie, who presented the brand new refrigerators, deep freezers, sewing machines, carpentry tools, fufu pounding machines, plastic chairs among other things to beneficiaries to enable them start businesses on their own said the items were procured at a cost of Ghc 90,000.00.
He used the opportunity to thank the Member of Parliament for Wenchi, Prof. George Gyan Baffour, for his continues support to the physically challenged, funding them periodically to enhance their livelihood and also assisting the children of the disabled to attained the best education in the district and beyond.
The leadership of the Ghana Federation of the Disability after receiving the items commended 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 of the Disabled and the Ghana Blind Union, Richard Ofosu and Hafisatu Adams respectively.
Source: William Dei-Gyau ||