Dozens of Persons with Disabilities in the North Gonja District of the Savanna Region Have been given massive support in terms of improving their means of livelihood by the North Gonja District Assembly.
The Assembly through the Disability Fund, a component District Assembly Common Fund, supported the PWDs with various items with the hope of empowering them economically and to reduce their dependency on supposedly abled bodies.
In three visually impaired students each received HP laptop computer with accessories, Another two who earlier were supported to undergo training as tailors also received sowing machines, another person received disability friendly motorcycle to enable his movement to and from his source of livelihood, a disabled shoe maker also received a machine and leather materials whiles 16 others got various sums of cash package to support their income generation activities.
The DCE for North Gonja, Hon Adam Eliasu Red Bawa, in presenting the items to the beneficiaries, underscored the commitment of the current government in safeguarding the welfare of PWDs as he cited the 50% increment of the Disability Fund and the reservation of more than half of toll booth jobs in the country for PWDs as proof of his point.
He reiterated that, issues of disability in Ghana has evolved from being human right concern to a development issue because of its link to poverty, hence the decision of the Assembly to support uplift the less privilege by providing with them economic opportunities.
The DCE also thanked the membership of Disability Association in the District for the Cordial relationship that exist between them and the District Assembly.
Hon. Red Bawa used the opportunity to remind the people about threats posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, urging them to adhere to safety protocols in order to protect themselves and their families against the virus.