AMA presents items to 130 PWDs

Mr. Adjei Sowah(second left) presenting the items to Madam Dorothy Duku(in a wheel chair)

Mr. Adjei Sowah(second left) presenting the items to Madam Dorothy Duku(in a wheel chair)

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) yesterday presented a number of items to about 130 Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), as part of the celebration of this year’s World Disability Day.

The items included chest freezers, refrigerators, sewing machines, popcorn machines, educational support as well as cash amounts to serve as start up for their income generation activities.

This year’s celebration was on the theme “Empowering Persons With Disabilities and Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality”.

Speaking at the ceremony the Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) of Accra, Mr Mohammed Adjei Sowah said disability was not an excuse for persons to be on the street, adding that “being disabled does not deny you an economic activity.”

The MCE explained that the support was given to them after the AMA registered them and gave them the opportunity to choose the item of their choice.

He said the AMA would set up a monitoring task force in order to ensure that the items given were being used for their intended purpose.

The Chairman of the AMA branch of the Federation of Disability Organisation, Mr Johnson Mahama, on his part commended the assembly for the support.

He advised his colleagues to make good use of the opportunity, saying “please make good use of the items and capital for the exact purpose it is being applied for.”

“Do that and make yourself a very good example for those who would be ushered into this important programme,” he explained saying that, “doing so would help ameliorate our suffering so that those coming after us would lead a proper life befitting human beings.”

Touching on the theme, Mr Mahama appealed to government and stakeholders to ensure that every public institution include PWDs in activities and decision making process.

Mr Mahama further appealed to the AMA and all district assemblies to set up a committee for them to discuss issues pertaining to their needs as spelt out in the United Nations Conventions of PWDs and the Disability Act 715.

The Country Director of Amnesty International, Robert Akoto Amoako in his submission commended the AMA saying “We are very happy to observe the innovative way the assembly is approaching this celebration.”

He said it was very important to empower people economically as it would go a long way to sustain the PWDs.

Mr Akoto Amoako urged the PWDs to train people in their communities in order to support people of their kind to gain self respect and security.

BY ALLIA NOSHIE AND DAVID TAKYI

 

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