President Akufo-Addo apologises for “deaf, blind” comment

President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has apologised to persons with disability after comments some have said slighted visual and hearing impaired persons.

The Federation of Disability Organisations had condemned the comment and demanded an apology from the President.

The President only used metaphor in his speech.

A metaphor is a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable.

The President wrote:

“Vis-à-vis the comments I made at the final rally prior to the holding of the by-election at Ayawaso West Wuogon, which was won by the NPP candidate so emphatically, I am glad the Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations recognizes it was a “political metaphor”. I did not intend any slight on Persons with Disabilities, nor would I ever, and I hope they know that.

“If there has been any Government that has been on the side of Persons with Disabilities, it is my Government. We have increased the share of the District Assemblies Common Fund to Persons with Disabilities from 2% to 3%, and we have also ensured the implementation of our pledge of employing 50% of the persons who manage the country’s toll booths from amongst Persons with Disabilities. I apologise for any unintended slight from the ‘political metaphor’.

No government in the country’s political history cares for the vulnerable and disadvantaged than the NPP.

It was the NPP regime which initiated and implemented social protection polices such as the Ghana school feeding program, the national health insurance scheme, the capitation grant, the free senior high school policy, the Livelihood Empowerment against poverty (LEAP) etc.

As it stands, the Akufo-Addo regime has doubled the Capitation Grant from GH¢4.5 to GH¢9.0 (100% increment)- policy which takes up some costs of fees in public primary and JHSs.

The regime has also increased the school feeding programme from 1.6 million children to 2.1 million children, and also increased the amount spent on each child by 25 percent.

In the area of LEAP, we have added more than 150,000 households to the programme thereby improving their livelihoods.