The Bongo District Assembly in the Upper East Region this Tuesday, presented cheques of various sums totaling 111,045.00 Ghana Cedis to some 100 beneficiaries selected from across the district. The cash came from the Disability Fund component in the District Assemblies Common Fund.
At a brief presentation ceremony in Bongo the district’s capital, District Chief Executive Hon. Peter Ayinbisa Ayamga disclosed that on individual basis, the beneficiaries were receiving amounts ranging from 400.00 Ghana Cedis to as high as 3,000.00 Ghana Cedis per person or group. He added that the amounts were reached after a careful needs assessment and objective appraisals of the applications received as done by the Department of Social Welfare and Community Development in collaboration with the Fund Management Committee.
Hon. Ayamga who is also the New Patriotic Party’s Parliamentary Candidate for the Bongo constituency in the 2020 general elections, further revealed that, the day’s disbursement was actually the second to be done by his Assembly in 2019. He thus recalled that just in July 2019, a similar disbursement package saw the distribution of Gh¢82,103.00 to some 71 persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the area which usually went to support the health and educational needs of PWDs as well as, provide them with assistive devices and support to undertake income-generation activities.
The emphasised that President Nana Addo’s government was committed to creating opportunities for all irrespective of social status, ethnicity and political affiliations and pledged that everything was being done to complete a resource centre facility for use by all PWDs in the district. He appealed to the beneficiaries to make very judicious use of the funds given them as they themselves had indicated in their applications as a team will be following up to monitor how they apply the funds.
Hon. Ayamga also used the occasion to campaign for a “YES” vote from the public in the upcoming Ghana’s 2019 Referendum so as to pay the way for political parties’ participation in the country’s local level elections namely, the District Assembly and Unit Committee elections as well as in the election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives as Ghana’s Parliament was also expected to vote massively to amend Article 243 (1). He stressed that, the country stood to gain more in its decentralisation and democratisation efforts as against any perceived demerits that may seem to exist.
Meanwhile, Bongo District Chapter President of the Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations, Mr. Clement Mba in his remarks, thanked government for the upward review of the quantum of the Disability Fund from two to three percent and appealed for a further increment to about five percent since the numbers and needs of PWDs also continue to increase with time.
Source: Peter Atogewe Wedam