PWDs in Ayawaso North Benefit from Common Fund
About 45 Persons With Disability (PWDs) in the Ayawaso North Municipality in Accra have benefitted from their share of the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF).
Items distributed to them included chest freezers, refrigerators, laptops, sewing machines, bags of rice, wheel chairs, and cash donations for those who wanted to sell perishable goods.
In a remark, the Municipal Chief Executive, Mr. Mohammed Aminu said the disbursement formed part of the government’s policy backed by law which set aside three percent of the DACF to be used for economic empowerment of PWDs.
He urged the beneficiaries not to sell the items but put them to good use to improve their living condition.
The MCE said initially cash donations were initially handed out to beneficiaries adding that the practice has changed because some PWDs were not prudent in handling the money.
In an interview, the Director of Social Welfare, Ms.Theresa Akutu advised the beneficiaries to properly maintain the gadgets to their own advantage.
Ms. Akutu said before the purchases and disbursements of the various items and cash were made, a team from the assembly embarked upon needs assessment of the PWDs in the community to determine their specific needs.
She disclosed that beneficiaries of the fund are monitored closely in order for them not to abuse the opportunity and therefore advised those capable and interested to avail themselves of underlying possibly undergo apprenticeship training after which they would have acquired a skill which was more beneficial.