NiPDA Empowers Persons With Disabilities, Economically
November 17, 2023
The Ningo-Prampram District Assembly has donated economic empowering items to some thirty (30) Persons with Disabilities (PWD’s) in the District. These persons included children, the youth and adults from various parts of the District, such as Dawhenya, Afienya, Prampram, Ningo among others.
The items distributed included but not limited to, deep freezers, electric sewing machines (butterfly), shoe making machines, wheelchairs, wheelbarrows, spades, hammers, trowels, block moulding boxes, bags of Charcoal and bags of maize. Others include sacks of gari, sugar, groundnut, milk powder, assorted drinks, provisions, bars of soap, powdered soap, Shea butter ,flour, oil, animal feed, laptop, desktop, rubber and plastic products. These items are seeds for them to commence trading and also enhance their education.
Mr. Bernard Mats Yingura, the District Coordinating Director indicated that, these livelihood support system is Governments’ aid through the District Assembly Common Fund; to bringing improvement on their income generating activities, further their education as well as adequately care for their dependents. “Therefore, these items are free of charge”. He further added that, two weeks earlier, workshops were organized for these group of persons, of which they were taught how to use these items that were distributed, including how to make soap, fruit juices and other detergents such as power zone, local drinks “(sobolo)” among others.
According to Ms. Jemima Ocansey, a Social Welfare Officer, these products were provided to the PWD’s at their request. The Social Welfare Department visited the homes of the beneficiaries to solicit their needs to improve their income generating activities. It is therefore at the request of the beneficiaries that these items were procured. She entreated them to make good use of them to better their lives as well as the society.
The District Director of Social Welfare, Ms. Joyce Kulevo disclosed to the gathering, governments’ free Issuance and Renewal of National Health Insurance Cards (NHIS), Free Tuition and training for PWD’s accross the country. She therefore, called on the beneficiaries of the program to channel their problems through their leadership, Assembly Members or can approach the Social Welfare office, for assistance. She notified them of the numerous benefits and assistance in stored for them, at the office through government’s initiatives and policies.
The District Chief Executive, Hon. Al-Latiff Tetteh Amanor, apologised profusely over his late arrival to the event. He explained to the gathering that he had to attend to the flooding issues at the Dawhenya community. He urged the beneficiaries not to be discouraged by their disability as “disability is not inability”. He also narrated a story of a physically challenged woman who sold sachet water and charcoal to support her ward’s education to the highest level in Ghana. Therefore, they can attain whatever height they set for themselves.
He, together with other staff distributed the items to the beneficiaries for commercial business to commence.