By Cecil Mensah
The Chairman of Ghana National Council on People with Disability (GNCWD), Mr. Andrew Okaikoi, has appealed to Parliament to pass the Legislative Instrument (LI) that makes it mandatory for property owners and public buildings to make provision for people with disability in the country.
According to him, the delays in the passage of the L.I have given the impetuous for estate developers and other government institutions not to make provision for people with disability, when constructing such properties across the country.
Mr. Okaikoi made this call at the donation of the state-of –the- art blind canes by a British Non-Government Organization (NGO), called Disables
Equipment overseas (DESO) to some hundreds of people with disability at the Accra International Trade Fair Centre over the weekend.
He said, “we are into five years of the ten -year moratorium and nothing seems to be done, because of the delays in the passage of the L.I to enforce the law on the provision of disability friendly facilities on all high rise buildings springing up in the city.
He called on Parliament to accelerate the passage of the L.I to enable people with disability to breathe some sigh of relieve, when accessing such high rise buildings in the city.
He said, very soon the ten- year moratorium would expire and people with disability would still have to battle with the difficulties in accessing public buildings and schools across the country.
He was of the view that, Accra will very soon join the likes of cities like New York in the United States of America (USA) because of the springing up of high rise buildings.
On her part, Madam Mavis Hyde, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Disability Equipment Overseas said the state-Of –the art blind cane is a highly sophisticated cane that directs users.
She said, the cane has the capacity to direct users and prevent them from falling into drainages.
She explained that the cane has a beeping sound that alerts users when they are heading towards drainages and open holes.
She added that the cane is locally made and very affordable and helpful to all blind persons in the country.