The Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipal Assembly in the Western Region has disbursed a total of GH¢17,800.00 to 23 physically challenged people in the municipality to support them in their various engagements.
Twenty-two of them received GH¢700.00 each from the fund while one other person got GH¢2,400.00 to enable him to undergo medical check-up. The amount represented their share of the second quarter of the Assembly’s common fund which the various assemblies are required by law to pay. Already, the Assembly has disbursed a total of GH¢19,000.00 to 22 people with disability in the area during the last quarter as their share of the fund.
Currently, the fund is sponsoring two people at the Takoradi Polytechnic (T-Poly) and the University of Ghana, Legon and three others in the Senior High School (SHSs). Speaking at the disbursement ceremony, Mrs. Christina Kobinah, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Tarkwa-Nsuaem, explained that it was the burning desire of the government through the Assemblies to ensure that people with disability did not get to the streets to beg for alms. Rather, she said, the government would do all it could to empower them to engage in small-scale businesses so that they could earn a decent living.
Mrs. Christina Kobinah also explained that even though the release of the common fund had not been forthcoming, the Assembly would ensure that they would receive their share as and when the money was release. She said the entire membership of the Assembly, and she in particular, took consolidation in the fact that one hardly saw people with disability in the municipality on the streets begging, and added, “That confirms the fact the our Assembly is on track to assist our unfortunate brothers and sister with small capital to do business.
“Indeed, the government would not renege its responsibility to provide for the needs of the people, particularly the disabled, even with the scare resources”, the MCE assured.

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