By: Ivan Midorse | Voltaonlinegh |
Some 26 persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the South Tongu District of the Volta Region have received support in the form of cash amounts and equipment to empower them to be self reliant.
Three of them received a cheque of GH₵ 1,500 each while the remaining 23 were given various items such as deep freezers and industrial sewing machines at a short ceremony at the assembly on Thursday.
District Chief Executive (DCE) for South Tongu, Emmanuel Louis Agama in an interview with Voltaonlinegh said one of the most important responsibilities of any government was the provision of social intervention programmes and projects that enhanced the lives of the needy and the vulnerable in society.
Mr Agama said the current Nana Akuffo-Addo led administration upon assumption of office in January 2017, increased the disability fund from 2 per cent to 3 per cent of the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF) to support PWDs with whatever they requested to make life easy for them.
He said the assembly had earlier supported some people who requested for containers during the rainy season to establish their own businesses and gave GH₵ 400.00 each to 24 students at Special School in Hohoe to take of their school fees.
The DCE urged the beneficiaries not to sell the items given to them but use them to improve their standard of living.
He charged parents who received the items on behalf of their children to venture into businesses which would generate money to enable them take care of their ward’s education.
District Director of Social Welfare and Community Development, Moses Kakaw said there was a monitoring team that would go round and identify those making good use of the items and indicated that anyone who would be found guilty for selling the items would be dealt with.
President for PWDs, South Tongu District, Jonathan Ocloo Setrakor thanked the assembly for the tremendous support in their lives and promised that they would use the items for the intended purposes.