SIGA DG donates to disability community in Ashanti region
Mr Edward Boateng, Director General (DG) of the State Interest and Governance Authority (SIGA), has donated logistics and aids to disabled persons in the Ashanti Region as part of his annual donation to the disabled community in Ghana.
Among the items donated were white canes, walking clutches, walkers and wheel chairs. The event was held at the Kwadaso Methodist Retreat Centre.
MrBoateng, who is also the immediate past Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, encouraged all present, especially Persons with Disability (PWD), to be confident, aggressive and aim to make a difference in society irrespective of their conditions.
He cited great men locally and internationally who made an impact on society irrespective of their challenges.
“Disability doesn’t mean inability. You have inherent talents and skills to unearth, harness and aggressively engage to make a difference. President Roosevelt who steered America through the Great Depression and World War II achieved despite being affected by polio and needed mobility aids, Stephen Hawking of Cambridge University achieved great scientific feats despite needing mobility aids and losing his speech, Helen Keller became deaf –blind at the age of 19 months but became an advocate for labour rights and many social causes globally, Paul AnomahKordieh of e.tv Ghana is visually impaired but reads live news.The list goes on and on and on. With technology these days, you can become anything you yearn for,” he said.
Receiving the items on behalf of the group, Mr Kwasi Kyei thanked Mr Boateng for his exhibition of genuine love and assured that the group will utilise the logistics in their quest to make life meaningful.
He said, “On behalf of the group, I say thank you. We are grateful and assure you that the beneficiaries are capable of achieving great feats. What they require is the support, technology and enabling policies”.
Ambassador Boateng also expressed the need to focus on mental health as a nation and called for the effective implementation of the Persons with Disability Act, 2006 Act 715.