Upper West Akim District Assembly, has distributed a number of items and an amount of GH¢33,000.00, , to 50 Persons with Disability (PWDs), in the district to enhance their livelihoods. The items, included deep freezers, industrial machines, hair dryers, rollers, towels, wheel chairs, walking aids and white cane purchased from the share of the District Disability Fund. The money is to enable undertake sustainable economic ventures for self-reliance.

The beneficiaries were made up of 30 physically challenged, eight visually impaired and 12 Deaf and Dumb, selected across the district based on approved criteria and guidelines of the Department of the Social Welfare. The physically challenged, visually impaired and the deaf and dumb persons each received a cheque of GH¢1,600.00 and GH¢1,7000.00 to either expand or establish their businesses. Eight of the physically challenged persons received a Deep Freezer each, three visually impaired received industrial machines each and three deaf and dumb received, Hairdryers, rollers, towels and farm inputs. Others were given wheel chairs and a walking aid and a white cane.

Mr. Eugene Sackey, Acting District Chief Executive for Upper West Akim who presented the items announced that the disbursement of the PWDs share of the Common Fund was part of government's intervention to ensure that every individual Ghanaian became self-reliant.

He stated that individual beneficiaries made requests to the Assembly for the items they needed, hence, the need to make good use of them to earn a living, instead of seeking white colour jobs and also depending on others all the time. Mr. Samuel Antwi Boasiako, the District Coordinating Director, the presentation was the fifth to be held by the Assembly in supporting PWDs, adding that, the donation was to assist improve their total well-being. He asked them not to sell the items presented to them, but use them for the purpose of which they were intended for.

He said the Assembly will dispatch a monitoring team to their localities to ascertain how they were using the items and the monies given them. Mr. Clement Kaba, Adeiso District Chairman of the PWDs, thanked the government and the Assembly for the gesture and assured them that they will put them to good use to better their lot. GNA