The Tano South District Assembly in the Brong Ahafo Region has disbursed its 2% share of the Common Fund meant for people with disabilities to beneficiaries in the District.
At a short but impressive ceremony held at the premises of the Tano South District Assembly, the Tano South District Director of the department of Social Welfare and Community Development, Mr. Samuel Kyeremeh said though the money would not be enough as may be expected, it would go a long way to help the PWD’S to be able to improve their living standards and urged them to use the money for the purpose of which it was intended.
Mr. Kyeremeh hinted that plans were underway to initiate an award for PWD’S who would use the money profitably and said the award would cater for the best PWD entrepreneur.
The Tano South District Chief Executive, Hon. Bukari Zakari Anaba, in his speech said, the assembly recognized the important role PWD’S play in the Socio-Economic Development of the country, hence, the disbursement.
Hon. Anaba said apart from the GH¢ 17,300.00 which was to be disbursed to fifty two (52) beneficiaries, GH¢ 48, 00.00 had as at the end of November, 2014 been disbursed to 81 beneficiaries. Those who benefitted were mostly in the fields of education, medical, apprenticeship and income generation. He cautioned the beneficiaries that the money was not to be used for Christmas festivities but should be used strictly for the purpose for which it was intended.
Hon. Anaba announced that the Tano South District is now a beneficiary of the Livelihood Empowerment against Poverty (LEAP) programme and said officials of the assembly would soon begin to work on it and called for cooperation from all to enable the programme be successful in the District, adding that, the right people would be identified to benefit from the programme.
A blind beneficiary, Mr. Philip Dei on behalf of his colleagues thanked the government and the assembly for coming to their aid. He said some words of encouragement spoken by the DCE goes a long way to encourage them to use the money judiciously.
Source: ISD (Barnie Agyemang)