By Cecil Mensah
Members of the Morning Stars Physically Challenged Association(MSPCA), says the lack of disability friendly footbridges on the George Walker Bush N1 Highway, which run through the Okaikoi district of the Greater Accra Region, has made it difficult for people with disability to access the road.
The road which runs through the densely populated areas like Abeka Lapaz has given the impetus to small and big cars to speed, as if they are being chased.
‘’It is very difficult for people with disability to patronize the footbridges, hence the decision by members to come together ‘’
Mr Godwin Awuye, the General Secretary of the Association, made this comment at the inauguration of the Association in Accra.
He said, the Association which was established in February this year with membership of twenty, is now close to sixty members.
He explained that the Association was established to bring to the fore issues that are of great concerns to the physically challenged in the Okaikoi district.
He took the opportunity to express the Association’s gratitude to the Multivet Ghana Limited, the Chief Imam, Sheikh Nurudeen Sharabutu, Paradise 91company limited, Positive Mind Ghana Limited, East Legon Clinic for their enormous assistance to the Association
On his part, the former chairman of Ghana National Commission on People with Disability, Mr Andrew Okaikoi, appealed to the people to stay united and shun petty bickering and forge ahead for the development of the Association.
He said, normally it is petty squabbles that destroy good initiatives as this, on this premise, he urged the members to support the executives of the Association to deliver on their promise.
He took the opportunity to educate the members on the Disability Act and the opportunities enshrine in the Act.
Speaking as the Guest of Honour, the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Okaikoi Central Constituency, Mr Patrick Yaw Boamah said, everybody has capabilities, so people should not look down on people with disabilities.
He appealed to the society to embrace people with disability and urge them on to achieve their dream.
He pledged to give them a computer and its accessories for the manning of the Association’s office and five hundred Ghana cedis for the association.