Disabled persons in the Lower Manya Krobo Municipality in the Eastern region for the first time received Income Generating Items from a Disability Common Fund. The presentation, according to the Municipal Chief Executive for the Lower Manya Krobo Municipality was ample demonstration of government’s commitment to empowering all citizens to contribute to the socio economic development of the country.
A total of seventy (70) applicants benefitted from various support schemes and packages which included Deep Freezers, Sewing Machines, Farming Tools & Inputs, Hairdressing Driers and Accessories, Barbering Tools & Accessories, Goats for rearing and various food stuffs for those who are going to trade in animal husbandry.
The items which amounted to eighty thousand cedis, Hon Simon Tetteh said, is to endow the recipients with the necessary support to become economically independent as well as the for support in the payment of medical bills, school fees, etc.
He however called on beneficiaries of the fund to put the items received to good use.
“I entreat those benefitting to put the items and support to good use to improve their welfare and alleviate poverty,” he said.
The assembly chief also called on the general public to support and patronize the various business ventures of “our disabled brothers and sisters” to enable them remain economically empowered to avoid being pushed by economic hardships into the streets to beg for alms.
Most beneficiaries who spoke to Rite news expressed satisfaction at the donations and said they would put them to the intended use.
“I got what I requested for which is some provisions to start a little business. I’m much grateful for the government coming to our aid,” one woman told Rite news’ Loretta Tyson.
Another woman simply said, “I got a sewing machine and I’m very happy.”
For a third recipient however, though she expressed glee at the items, she, just like Oliver Twist thought she should have gotten more. “I received some provisions but I think a little more should be added,” she said.
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