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Disabled appealed to district assemblies

2010-02-01 21:04:00
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People Living With Disabilities (PWDs) in the eastern corridor of the Northern Region have appealed to district assemblies in the corridor to consider their predicament when planning and executing development projects in their respective areas.

They said in spite of the efforts being made by various organisations and stakeholders to make life comfortable for the disabled, PWDs still continued to suffer marjpnalisation and dis-crimination in many aspects of life.

The PWDs made the appeal in Yendi at a meeting with Municipal and District Chief Executives from the eastern corridor of the region.

Songtaba, a network of organisations and institutions working to secure women and children’s rights, especially in deprived areas, organised the workshop.

The workshop, sponsored by ActionAid Ghana, was on the theme: "Making the district assemblies friendly for PWDs: The role of district officials and PWDs associations."

In a message read on behalf of the PWDs, the Secretary of the Saboba Cross Disability Association, Ms Helen Dondo, said in spite of the numerous attempts by the government to support development activities of PWDs, disabled people in the region still faced challenges.

She mentioned, for instance, that PWDs faced many problems in their attempt to access the two-per cent allocation of the District Assembly’s Common Fund meant for their development.

She said those problems often arose because some of the assemblies usually misapplied funds meant for the dis¬abled, thereby denying PWDs their share of the national cake.

Ms Dondo further said district assemblies were supposed to design and implement projects that could lessen the suffering of PWDs in their areas, but that was not happening.

"In many cases, if not all, districts, no project has yet been initiated to help alleviate the plight of PWDs and those that were initiated earlier have been abandoned," she bemoaned.

In the area of employment, Ms Dondo expressed regret that the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP), which is a source of hope to many youth in the country, had no PWD on its payroll in the eastern corridor of the region.

Ms Dondo, therefore, recommended that a quota of the vacancies in the NYEP be reserved for disabled people.

She also called for the initiation and completion of projects meant for PWDs in all districts in the eastern corridor.

The Yendi Municipal Chief Executive, Mr Walvis Hudu, promised the PWDs that all uncompleted projects in the Yendi Municipality, which seek to help PWDs, would be completed.

He reiterated the need for the associations of PWDs to have good relationship with the district assemblies and the Department of Social Welfare for the appropriate collaboration to advance their interests.


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