The amount being two per cent of the Assembly’s Common Fund, was set aside for the PWDs to empower them to improve their livelihood, especially those who found it difficult to feed themselves and their families.
Each of the beneficiary, who included the visually impaired, disabled, lepers and deaf and dump, received not less than GH¢1,000 each.
The Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive, Mr. Alfred Oko Vanderpuiye, urged the beneficiaries to invest the money in productive ventures to enhance their income, to be able to take care of themselves and their families.
He said that the assembly had set up a team to monitor how the beneficiaries would invest the moneys.
Mr. Vanderpuiye said the government through the assembly was committed to lessening the plight of PWDs, to enable them live comfortably.
“I urged all beneficiaries to invest the money wisely to become entrepreneurs. I would be disappointed if the beneficiaries squander their moneys and return to the street to beg for alms,” he advised.
The Chairman of Disability Fund Management Committee of the Assembly, Mr. Adjebu Lamptey, said the assembly was going through proposals to select beneficiaries for the next disbursement, stressing that selection was based on the extent of poverty and deprivation of the PWDs.
Mr. Lamptey advised PWDs “not to go to the street and beg. I entreat you all to use the money wisely, so that you can take care of your children for them to become responsible adults in the future.”
A beneficiary of the fund, Ms. Sutanomia Quaye, thanked the assembly for assisting the PWDs, appealed to individuals and organisation to support the needy.
By Bernard Benghan