The La Dadekotopon Municipal Assembly (LaDMA) yesterday, disbursed GH₵ 34, 000 to 31 Persons With Disability (PWDs) in the municipality under the disbursement of Disability Funds Programme.
The funds are currently run by the various assemblies to support the physically- challenged persons to be productive and self-reliant.
The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of LADMA, Mr Solomon Kotey Nikoi commended the government for increasing the funds from two to three percent thereby increasing the amount of money the beneficiaries receive.
He admonished the beneficiaries to make good use of the monies to be self- reliant.
Doing this according to him, will help them reap the benefits of the funds received saying that, “This money is not meant to be squandered, it is a seed, go and sow it, so that you reap the fruit, use the money for its intended purpose.”
Mr Nikoi stated that the personnel from the Welfare Department of LaDMA would visit the family of a beneficiary Florence Odai, who passed away before receiving her fund, to assess the situation.
“The welfare officers will visit the family and then assess the situation, if it means it has to be given to the family we will do that but if not, it will go to another person,” he explained.
Chairman of the LaDMA Ghana Federation of Disability Organisation, Mr Anthony Adarkwah stated that the disbursement of funds program could eradicate poverty amongst disabled people if only they put it to good use.
“If you make good use of it today, those of us who haven’t received will receive in good faith so that we can eradicate poverty amongst people with disability in our community,” he added.
He urged the beneficiaries to join the three major disability groups in the municipality to make it easy for them to receive funds from the Government and other Non- Governmental Organizations (NGOs).
The funds for the program forms part of three percent of the District Assemblies Common Fund given to the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies by the government to finance their development projects to improve the lives of the people.
BY ELSIE COMMODORE AND GLORIA N. MINTAH