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HE Bolgatanga Resource Centre for Persons with Disabilities has organized an end-of-year get-together during which members agreed not to resort to the street for begging.
Instead, they resolved to develop their talents and potentials to enable them to earn a decent living.
The chairman of the Centre, Richart Atia, said that the disabled were capable of fending for themselves and asked for support from government.
Mr Atia therefore called on municipal and district assemblies in the region to comply with the directive from the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and allocate one per cent of their Common Fund to disabled persons and societies to undertake training programmes that will make the disabled self-reliant.
Mr Atia explained that in the past its members had to face a lot of frustration in their efforts to gain access to these funds for their training activities and those who could not do anything, were forced back into the streets to beg for alms.
"We would want the government, NGOs and philanthropists to come to our aid to train our members to acquire vocational skills to enable us to contribute our quota towards national development instead of being liabilities to our families and the nation," he noted.
Mr Atia re-echoed their appeal to the government to ensure that the Disability Bill is passed this year to guarantee their rights and responsibilities.
He expressed regrets that the bill has remained in Parliament for nearly a decade without any positive action.