Views: 148 Michael Kwadzo Ahiaku, VR, July 5, 2019, Fri, 7:oopm The Ketu North Municipal Assembly in the Volta Region has disbursed funds to s...
Michael Kwadzo Ahiaku, VR, July 5, 2019, Fri, 7:oopm
The Ketu North Municipal Assembly in the Volta Region has disbursed funds to some 46 persons with disability this year.
This is in line with the Local government Act, and the NPP Government’s 2016 campaign promise to increase the Disability Fund Component from two to three per cent.
The items are expected to help improve the lives of the disabled in the area
The donations were in such categories as financial support, medical support, education support and items and income generation.
The items included setting up of containers to assist two seamstresses, sewing machines, putting up of a barbering shop for one person, wheelchairs, and motorbikes.
The rest of the items included P.A system, tailoring machines, toughing machine, stabilizers and chairs, learners head, power amplifiers, and physical cash.
Delivering the items to the beneficiaries at the municipal assembly over last week, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for the area, Mr.Anthony Avorgbedor said the government and for that matter, the Assembly had the desire to alleviate the challenges of the physically challenged and make life bearable for them.
According to him, about 3.2% of the population in the Municipality is disabled and there are slightly higher disabilities among the females than the males.
He added that these segments of the population are confronted with several challenges such as poverty, discrimination, and inability to access proper healthcare and public services.
“Today, the many worries and anxieties associated with disability of most of our brothers and sisters will reduce”, he assured.
He emphasized, “This kind gesture is an evidence of an avowed response by the NPP Government to solve the problems and the needs of people with disabilities in Ghana”.
“Today’s event is a clear demonstration that government is poised to ensure that people with living with disabilities have a good stand in society and the family. Let us pray for God’s guidance along the part of truth, justice and to enable the President and the NPP Government to acquaint themselves with you, more than we are seeing today”, he said.
He revealed to the gathering that the disbursement is in line with the guidelines of the District Assemblies Common Fund in which a percentage of the total amount transferred to the Assemblies is allocated to persons with disabilities.
“The Nana Akufo-Addo led government has fulfilled its campaign promise of increasing the Disability Fund Component of the District Assemblies Common Fund, from 2% to 3%. The beneficiaries, who applied to the Assembly for support to embark on various forms of economic ventures, pay their medical bills and undergo surgical operations, pay their school fees and settle vocational training cost will be catered for today as first batch beneficiaries under the new arrangement. The Assembly is still receiving applications. I, therefore, call on all those who are disabled and have not applied to do so to enable them benefit from the fund”, he explained.
He used the occasion to commend the Social Welfare Department and the Fund Management Committee of the Assembly for the thorough work done to select the beneficiaries and ensure that the funds were disbursed to the right people.
Mr. Anthony advised those who found themselves in various schools sponsored by the Assembly to study hard in order to be successful in various professions in the future.
He said, to those who are in the skills training section to be humble to their masters and mistresses and to be trained and come out successfully.
He also urged those who are in income generation to use the monies given to them judiciously in order to expand their businesses and employ other people to work with. “Be less dependent,” he charged them.
The MCE entreated the beneficiaries to do exactly what they requested the money for and also urged them to fall on the Assembly for any technical advice or support in case of challenges.
He used the opportunity to remind them that there would be intensive monitoring exercises to see how they were faring with the support received.
“A team from the Assembly will be visiting the beneficiaries in this light. Applicants who used their share of the fund different from what they applied for will not be spared”, he warned.
Speaking to Bridge news Volta Regional Correspondent after the ceremony, the MCE called on the Assembly members and all people in the area to assist the Assembly to generate more revenue for developmental projects.
The municipality director of Ghana Federation of Disability Organizations, Mr. R.K.Akakpo thanked the Assembly and government for supporting them with cash, items and educational assistance.
He also urged them not to squander the money and desist from sitting on the streets and beg for money for survival and encouraged them not to be discriminated.
Mrs. Margaret Bayitse, the Ketu North Municipal Social Welfare Director applauded the current government for this initiative to help the persons living with disabilities to live a better life.
She revealed that in the past, government only gave the money to the disabled in physical cash which allowed them to squander the money.
“In the past we give the money to the beneficiaries in cash without encouraging them to use the money judiciously and always their lives do not improve but today this government has done well for initiating this program which will not allow them to squander the money and in fact this unprecedented, it has not happened before, I thank the government and MCE Anthony Avorgbedor for this move”, she said.
Mrs. Veronica Agblo who is also the project accountant for the Fund Management Committee cautioned the beneficiaries to use the money to achieve its intended purposes and said the Committee will go round to monitor the disbursement.
On the part of the beneficiaries, the Chairman for Ketu North Municipal Disabled Association, Mr.Atila Stephen expressed his profound gratitude to the government and the Assembly for the kind gesture.
He promised the Assembly and government to make good use of the items and the money to achieve its intended purposes.
He advised the disabled to not see themselves as social rejects.
He beseeched the general public to desist from seeing them as people who are not important in the society.
He asked to the government to involve the disabled in its decision making.
He revealed to the gathering that the MP had been supporting the disabled people in the Ketu North Constituency.