‘Employ disabled at toll booths’

A 45-year-old physically challenged person has appealed to government to consider giving the job of toll collection at the various toll booths to disabled persons to get many disabled persons off the streets.

According to Ms. Elizabeth Boadiwaa, who sells detergents at the “TDC traffic light” in Tema, said she was optimistic that with the right training, a significant number of physically challenged persons could do the job and become more useful to society.

In an interview with The Ghanaian Times, Ms. Boadiwaa, mother of one child and a widow, lamented that disabled persons, aside the psychological trauma they go through, had to struggle to make ends meet.

Ms. Boadiwaa said she was engaged in hawking, though it was dangerous, rather than begging on the street, adding that other physically challenged persons were ready to work, but did not have the opportunity to do so.

She said complained of the poor nature of roads, which makes it difficult for disabled persons to use wheel chairs.

Ms. Boadiwaa urged the government to tackle the employment problems facing disabled persons and to help them to contribute to national development.

She also appealed to the public to assist her financially to get a decent apartment and a safer job to help her take care of her son and herself.

From Dzifa Tetteh, Tema.

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