The District Chief Executive (DCE) of Ningo-Prampram honorable Jonathan Teye Doku has on behalf of the Assembly supported 54 Persons with Disabilities within the district. The donation which is the 4th time of its kind was funded through the 3% share of the District Assembly Common Fund meant for Persons with Disability (PWD) The occasion witnessed 44 PWD’s being supported with items worth a little over GH₵ 99,000.00 and 10 receiving financial support of about GH₵ 24,000.00 for school fees and medical bills. The items included freezers 26, 40 bags of charcoal, 105 bags of cement, 10 bags of maize, 15,000 worth of scratch cards a knitting machine, diapers, wheelchairs, two embroidery machines, a laptop, two 2000 Liter poly tanks, two gas ovens, 4 bags each of flour, sugar and margarine and two cylinders. The DCE in his address stated that, since the inception of the Nana Akuffo Addo led government, a decision was taken not to handover monies to physically challenged persons and so beneficiaries go through a process of applying to the District Assembly, stating what they want.
He however mentioned that there are a lot of PWD’s that needs to be supported but due to insufficient funds, only a few are selected and their request granted. He gave a history about the percentage of the fund allocated which was 2% and was further increased to 3% when the current government took power however, he added that efforts are being made to increase the percentage to 5% in other to cater for more beneficiaries.
The DCE, revealed that preparations were underway for the construction of a Resource Centre to train and give some skills to the PWDs so that they will be able to cater for themselves and not become a burden to the society. He called on all to emulate the peaceful conduct exhibited during the special voting which took place the previous day, 1st of December to ensure a peaceful elections on the 7th of December 2020.The chairman of the Physically Challenged Association in the district, Mr. Benjamin Ntiamoah on behalf of the beneficiaries expressed their appreciation to the government and the DCE for the initiative to help the less privileged and urged the beneficiaries to utilize the items and cash donations received wisely.