The Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipal Assembly (TNMA) in the Western Region of Ghana has presented assorted items and cash for start-up businesses, all amounting to about GH₵80,000 to 47 Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in the Municipality.
The list of assorted items included sewing machines, deep freezers, artificial prostheses, sprayers, hair dryers, etc. The gesture would offer the needed support to the beneficiary and enable them become self-independent, and contribute positively towards National Development. This forms part of their 5% share of the District Assembly’s Common Fund which was created by the Government with the intention to support PWDS in the country as enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of Ghana.
Presenting the items to the beneficiaries, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Hon. Benjamin Kessie, admonished them to work hard in order to improve their economic and social statuses as well as contribute to the development of the Municipality and the country at large. He indicated that disability was a condition of health that poses worrying situations to individuals. “You must not allow these challenges to hinder your progress and make you a burden to your families and the society”, he added. To alleviate poverty among Persons with Disability in the Municipality, Hon. Benjamin Kessie advised them to be independent and contribute their quota to sustain the economy, adding that through a dignified labour, the PWDs would not beg for arms on streets.To ensure the beneficiaries put the items into good use, Hon. Kessie indicated that mechanisms are in place to monitor them to ascertain the impact of the items in the lives of the beneficiaries and their families.
On his part, Hon. George Mireku Duker, the Member of Parliament for the area charged the beneficiaries to use the items and the money judiciously. He urged them not to consider their physical health circumstances as a disability but work hard to impact positively on their lives.
Mr. Daniel Ochere, the Chairman of Ghana Federation for the Disabled in the Municipality expressed appreciation on behalf of the members to the Government and the Assembly for prioritizing the plight of PWDs by ensuring that their fair share of the cake is consistently remitted to them. He assured leadership that beneficiaries will use the items and cash received judiciously in a manner that will improve their living conditions.