By Enock Akonnor, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Amansie West District Municipal Assembly has disbursed items, financial and medical support to 49 Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).
A total amount of GH 109,453.00 was spent on the support, representing 3% of the Assembly’s share of the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF)
30 beneficiaries drawn from the various electoral areas making up the district received a start-up capital of GH 1000 each for trading.
The rest took home items including deep freezer, fufu pounding machine, sewing machine, shoe making machine and assistive devices such as wheel chair and clutches.
The move forms part of government’s numerous Social Protection Programs; Increasing the support to Persons with Disabilities from 2% to 3% of DACF, aimed at minimizing poverty among all PWDs through sustainable decent works and enhance their social image through dignified labor.
District Social Welfare Director Michael Asumadu identified delay in application by the PWDs as a challenge which he promised to rectify.
In his address at the occasion, District Chief Executive Hon Nii Ollenu Larteh thanked the Social Services Sub-Committee and the District Fund Management Committee for the tedious effort displayed in validating and taking time to go through many of the applications submitted by the PWDs with varied request district wide and for also undergoing all the needs assessment to shortlist the potential beneficiaries.
The government official also thanked the Department of Social Welfare and Community Development for their selfless administrative services especially with regards to Persons with Disabilities.
He assured to give the utmost consideration to applicants who were not considered “come another quarter when funds have been made available by the DACF”.
Hon Ollenu reminded them of the Presidential Empowerment for Women Entrepreneurs living with Disability and the Youth Entrepreneurship and Employability programs.
Hon Ollenu entreated them to get registered and enroll in the training program for a possibility to win amazing start-up grant.