Views: 575 Gertrude Bazaanaa, Accra, Dec 10,2018, Tue, 2:15pm The National Council on person with disability (NCPD) with a high turnout durbar climax ...
Gertrude Bazaanaa, Accra, Dec 10,2018, Tue, 2:15pm
The National Council on person with disability (NCPD) with a high turnout durbar climax at the forecourt of the State House, Accra.
The event marks the climax of the celebration of 2018 International Day of Persons with Disabilities. (PWD)
The Day Proclaimed in 1992 by the United Nation General Assembly resolution 47/3 aims to provide the right and well-being of persons with Disabilities in all spheres of society and to increase awareness of the situation of PWDs in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
The grand durbar was themed: “Empowering Persons with Disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.” It was graced by Minister of Gender, Children and Social protection, Hon. Cynthia Mamle Morrison.
The Minister of Gender, Children and Social protection, Hon. Cynthia Mamle Morrison in her address speech said assured the PWDs of her commitment to harp their issues when and wherever she got the opportunity to insure the they got their fair due in the country.
She was amazed to see and hear a blind drum intricate rhythm for some other to dance.
“it is amazing, how a blind person can play a drum from a rythm to affect the deaf person to dance to it” she expressed her appreciation.
Also, the Minster expressed her wish for all institutions to create inclusive society to enable equal participation in development process. “It is my wish that Municipal, District Assembles and other institutions would implement the provision in them so that we can create an inclusive society where all persons with Disabilities will be able to participate on equal basis in the development process.”
The Minister in her last paragraph of her speech officially launched two books saying” Hon. Members of Parliament, Ministers, invited guest, with you permission, I declare the two documents duly launched”
Christiana Nkrumah, the MC of the occasion who could not hide her emotions registered the challenges they face as persons with Disabilities to the Minister of Gender, Children and Social protection and the entire government.
She said that, persons with Disabilities do not get support from outside countries thereby making it difficult for them to function appropriately and seeks for government intervention.
According to her, government should intervene in their jobs, school and even their housing.
The Executive Secretary of Inter-ministerial Coordinating Committee (IMCC) on Decentralization, Salifu Mahama who delivered a speech on behalf of IMCC outlined his displeasure at how persons with Disability are neglected in the society.
“Government will continue with its effort to ensure that rights of persons with Disabilities are promoted through inclusivity and equality as evidence in the formulation of the national Disability policy”.
He added “the participation of persons with Disabilities requires the commitment of all segment of society as well as maximizing their independence and enhancing their well-being through access to the needed support and the elimination of barriers that prevent their participation”
The durbar was garnished by musical interlude and cultural performance from Royal sparrows Band and Tetteh Ocloo School for the Deaf – Adjei Kojo.