BY PRINCE ESSIEN
THE MUNICIPAL Chief Executive (MCE) of the Krowor Municipal Assembly, Mr Joshua Nii Bortey, has given cash and items, all worth GH¢ 105, 000, to support 69 people living with disability in the constituency.
According to him, the maiden edition of the disbursement of the disability fund received a large number of applications but only a total of 69 applicants could be taken care of in the first disbursement.
Mr Bortey made this known when he donated items such as deep freezers, wheel chairs, sewing machines, an oven for baking pastries and its cylinder, a fufu-pounding machine and other items and cash to the disabled people.
“As a government, we strongly hold the conviction that one of the cardinal means of minimizing poverty among all PWDs and particularly those outside the formal sector of employment is to empower them with skills and provide them with the necessary tools to work, hence our quest to support our disabled brothers and sisters in order that they would be able to develop a high sense of responsibility in terms of managing their own businesses; build their capabilities to enable them to advocate and assert their rights; and offer quality services to the rest of society,” he said.
He also added that though the streets were largely spared from the nuisance of some PWDs begging, he could not guarantee that this development would remain so as the municipality grew rapidly.
“I wish to emphasise that the focus of the disability fund is not just for PWDs who belong to associations but to all who fall within the category of people for which the funds have been allocated. Indeed, this provision will safeguard the interest of every Tom, Dick and Harry who is disabled,” he added.
The MCE also urged all stakeholders, particularly the DFMC, to work diligently and transparently and ensure judicious use of the funds so that the canker of begging would completely be eradicated.
He promised that the committee would go the extra mile and develop new strategies that would better the lives of people with disabilities.
“My staff and I will be monitoring your activities periodically to ensure that your operations are above board and in consonance with the guidelines of the National Council for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD),” he said.
The beneficiaries thanked the MCE Bortey, and the Member of Parliament for the Krowor Constituency, Madam Elizabeth Afoley Quaye, for “remembering them and not making them feel out”.