Monday, December 7, 2009

Story on 2% Common Fund for Disabled

Distribution of 2% Disability Common Fund
-Suhum Kraboa Coaltar Shows the Positive Way!
The Suhum Kraboa Coaltar District Assembly in the Eastern Region in its efforts to complement the government’s effort at reducing poverty among persons with disabilities in Ghana, have taken a giant lead in the distribution of the Assemblies two percent of its common Funds to persons with disabilities in the district.

According a research conducted in five district in three regions by the Network of Journalist for the Promotion of the Rights of Persons with disabilities in Africa-Ghana Chapter and sponsored by the Ghana Federation of the Disabled (GFD), reveals that among the five district, Suhum Kraboa Coaltar District Assembly is the only district that has a well organised formula to disbursed the funds for PWDs.

The research revealed that the District Chief Executive of Suhum Kraboa Coaltar District Assembly Hon. Samuel Fleischer Kwabi has setup a ten member Disability Management Sub-committee charged to work assiduously to ensure fairness, transparency in dealing in all aspect of PWDs in the District.

The committee which is chaired by Hon. Edward Amaadi Antwi an Assemblyman who also doubles as the Chairman of the social services sub-committee of the Assembly, and other representatives from the Department of Social Welfare, the blind society, the District budget analyst, a member form the NBSSI, National Commission on Children, and a representative from the Ghana National Association of the Deaf, has a separate Bank account created for the fund to be managed by the committee with close monitoring by the DCE.

To enable persons with disabilities a clear cut on how to access the funds, the Disability Management Sub-committee has set a mode for the distribution of the disability fund as for the 4th quarter 2008 and 1st quarter 2009 as follow; income generation 30%, awareness creation 20% and organizational support 20%. This has made it very easy for the management committee to distribute the fund and made it easy for PWDs to access the funds totaling GH ¢7335.22.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with the District Chief Executive of Suhum Kraboa Coaltar District Assembly Hon. Samuel Fleischer Kwabi said, assured PWDs that the committee would not disburse any fund to any individual or group without the consent of the committee.
He pledged his commitment to make the DACF for PWDs work in line with the government’s aim of minimizing poverty among persons with disabilities, particularly those outside formal sector of employment and the enhancement of their social image through dignified labour. He therefore made a special appeal to fellow DCE to make sure that they distribute the DACF for PWDs to fulfill the ruling NDC manifesto of creating jobs and opportunities for all for a better Ghana.

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