By James Esuon, GNA
Aug. 13, GNA - The Agona East District
Assembly has presented machines, refrigerators
and other equipment to 12 People With Disabilities (PWDS) in the
district to enhance their economic wellbeing.
include Fufu Pounding machines, spraying machines, meat processing machines and
shoe making machines as part of the efforts to help them embark on small scale
Speaking at a
short ceremony, Mr. Dennis Armah-Frempong, District Chief Executive (DCE) for
Agona East said government thought it prudent to purchase machines of their
choices instead of giving them cash.
He said the
assembly decided on the machines to prevent the misuse of monies meant to start
their own businesses, so the Assembly complied with the directives given by
government and used three per cent of the District Common fund earmarked for
PWDs to buy the items.
The DCE said
government, under President Akufo-Addo, would ensure that PWDs were treated
equally, adding that, the move to procure machines and other equipment would
help prevent some PWDs from going on the streets to beg for alms, which was
against the laws of the nation.
He assured that
others, who had registered for the second phase will receive theirs as soon as
the Common fund was released.
The DCE urged
them to take proper care of the equipment and cautioned that the Assembly would
team up with executives of PWDs in the District to monitor the recipients to
avoid diversion of the machines.
Mr Kwame Owusu,
President of PWDs in Agona East expressed appreciation to the government for
making the welfare of PWDs in the Country its priority.
He said PWDs
were now recognized in the society due to pragmatic policies and programmes
outlined by the government to ensure their economic development.
Mr Owusu said
the presentation would serve as a motivation for them to earn a decent a
living, adding that, previously, monies given to the members was not properly
utilized but the equipment would motivate them to work hard.
members that the Association would team up with Assembly to monitor
beneficiaries and will not hesitate to arrest PWDs who would continue begging
on the streets, since it was against the laws of the country.
other members who are yet to receive their equipment to exercise restraint, as
government was doing everything possible to raise the living conditions of
PWDs, not in Agona East alone but throughout the Country.