People with disabilities in Dormaa central benefit from disability fund

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The Municipal Chief Executive for Dormaa Central, Hon. Gordon Asubonteng has on Tuesday September 13, 2016 disbursed the second quarter 2016 tranche of the Disability Fund to more than 32 people with disability (PWDs) at a brief ceremony at the premises of Dormaa Central Municipal Assembly. In all Ghs 17,500 out of the Ghs 25,000 received as the Assembly’s share of the fund from the second quarter allocation of District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF) was equitably shared among the beneficiaries.
Making the presentation Hon Asubonteng disclosed that the assembly has since 2013 disbursed more than Ghs 135,000 to more than 300 beneficiaries out of a total of about Ghs 178,000 received so far.
According to him the fund has made tremendous impact on people with disability in the municipality. He went on to say that unlike other areas people with disability in the municipality do not beg for alms since a good number of them are engaged in their private ventures. He cited some beneficiaries who, with the fund, have become entrepreneurs. He added that the fund is also supporting a good number of them to pursue their education.
The hardworking MCE said, in line with the guidelines for the disbursement of the fund, the assembly is putting up a resources centre with offices for members of Ghana Federation of Disabled in Dormaa. He indicated that already some members have been trained with employable skills and stated the assembly intends to employ them to work at the centre when completed. He was hopeful that the centre would add more opportunities to the association and would offer employment to some of the members.
He was upbeat that the assembly had passed the transparency and accountability test with respect to the fund and asked beneficiaries to put the money they had received to good use.
Hon. Asubonteng said apart from the many benefits one other thing the fund was doing was assisting some people to treat ailments that otherwise would plunged them into permanent disability.
The NDC Parliamentary Candidate for Dormaa Central Mr John Adu Jack charged beneficiaries to reciprocate the gestures of the government saying the government would continue to attend to the needs of the citizenry. He said the government of NDC recognizes the vulnerable and marginalized in society. Present at the ceremony was the constituency chairman of NDC Mr Issac Kofi Ansu alias Power.