The First Lady, Lordina Mahama has made a strong case for Persons with disability to be factored in every business set up. She said Persons with disability have been relegated to the background for far too long, especially by employers who doubt their capabilities, a situation, she said, is not supposed to be so.
The First Lady was speaking at Berekum in the Brong Ahafo Region when she presented wheel chairs both automatic and manual, carts, white canes, pomade for albinos and working kits for 280 persons with disability who have graduated from a six months training course in ICT. The training in ICT was done by RLG Communications. The ceremony was to pass out 280 persons with disability across the region by the Government’s collaboration with Rlg communications Group which forms part of Government’s initiative of training 5000 persons with disability across the country. Graduants were also given working kits by the First Lady, supported by the Head of RLG institute in Berekum, Kwaku Nsiah.
Persons living with disability have for long time expressed their right to participate fully in society on equal terms as everyone else. Unfortunately, misconception and discrimination has continued to be a bar and kept them from realising their full potential. But the Lordina Founfation which is there to help the underprivileged in the country will see to it that Persons with disability get the opportunity to realise their full potential. This the foundation will do by continuing to provide the necessary support in all spheres to equip them. The First Lady said the help in the form of working kits will cater for them and break barriers of education and training which often limit their job opportunities leading to poverty and social exclusion in accessing basic social amenities.
She also asked employers to make room for the disabled as they are endowed with great knowledge to impart onto others and businesses.
She also made a passionate appeal to stakeholders such parents, Teachers, Religious bodies, corporate organisations; NGO’s to continue to perform their social responsibilities to enhance the quality of life for persons with disability in the society.
The MCE for Berekum Akwasi Opoku Yiadom expressed appreciation to the First Lady for the kind gesture. He said over the years Government has supported the persons with disability in the area and passing out of the graduands attest to this fact. He mentioned that the Assembly has achieved a lot through internally generated funds .These include water supply where he stated that Chinese Engineers are already in town to start the project. Also nurses quarters, Chips compound and some feeder roads have also been constructed through this fund.