128 PWDs benefits from common fund
Following the constitutional provision, in the 1992 constitution, about One Hundred and Twenty-Eight (128) persons with disability within the New Juaben South Municipality have benefited from the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF).

Date Created : 6/14/2018 8:10:35 AM : Story Author : Collins Aikins Akuffo/

They benefitted from a total amount of about Eight Hundred and Fifty-Four Thousand Three Hundred and Fifty Ghana Cedis (GHC854,350).

The aim of the District Assembly Common Fund for the People Living with Disability sought to minimize poverty among all PWDS’ particular those outside the formal sector of employment and also to ensure on the enhancement of their image through labour.

The beneficiaries who fall within the categories of visually impaired, physically challenged, hearing impaired, mentally unstable and multiple disability persons were assisted through the areas of education, health and business.

Again, the objectives of the DACF for the PWD is also to support the income generating activities of individual person with disabilities as a means of economic empowerment and to provide educational support for children, students and trainees with disabilities.

The 1992 Constitution therefore provide for the establishment of the DACF and mandate Parliament to “annually make provision of not less than five percent of the total revenues of Ghana to the District Assemblies for development and the amount shall be paid into DACF”. Recognizing that persons with disability are allocated two percent of the DACF.

In an address, the New Juaben South Municipal Chief Executive; Honourable Comfort Asante reiterated the government commitment for supporting the PWD through education, health and economic ventures. He said the NPP government, for that matter President Akufo-Addo’s led administration is poised to improve the living conditions of the disable persons in the country.

She explained that the Presidency has noted with great concern about the plight of the PWDs and as a result measures are being putting in place to empower the disable in the society and also to take them out of street.

Madam Comfort Asante emphasized that moneys are not meant for marry making but rather to help them accomplish the purpose for which they applied, so as to benefit the future generations.

She advised them to take proper care of the item to enhance their business.

A beneficiary, Madam Rita expressed her gratitude to the government for the kind gesture and said the items will go a long way to improve the livelihood of her family. According to her, PWDs are the less privilege in society and they find it difficult to make the ends-meet, hence they hit the street for begging.

She called on the government to re-strategize the mode of disbursement, if the government can do the distribution in every month.

A committee member for the Municipal Fund Management team, Daniel Agyekum who commended the government for his unflinching support towards the physically challenge, said even though the presentations are too small to cater for the large number of disable persons in the society, the gesture will surely bring economic benefit to the beneficiaries.

He was with the believe that due to pragmatic measures put in place to enhance their living conditions, the disable person will from time to time be able to access the fund and benefit from the national cake.

He hinted that monies and items given to them was not meant for merry making and beautifications but rather put the items and moneys to a good use so as to benefit future generations.

“The money is not for loan, it is not refundable but rather it is to ensure that the disable persons will use it wisely to yield the intended purpose for which they were applied”, he cautioned.