The President of the Ghana Federation of Disability People Organisations, (GFD) Mr Yaw Ofori-Debrah, has expressed worry over the absence of a physically challenged person in the ministerial nominees announced by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
The President, on Thursday, named the last batch of his ministerial picks bringing to the 36, the total number, and also announced the creation of six new ministries with specialised focus, to operate under the auspices of the Presidency.
But speaking to the Ghana News Agency, on Friday, Mr Ofori-Debrah said the development was a worrisome one to the disability community, especially at a time their leadership had presented a proposal to the President to consider them in Ministerial, Council of State and Chief Executive appointments.
“We are worried; we are worried,” he repeated. “Our expectations have been dashed. “The Federation forwarded a formal request to the Office of the President, so we were expecting a ministerial appointment, and we have not heard that anyone is being consulted.’’.
Mr Ofori-Debrah said it would be disappointing that Persons With Disability (PWDs) might not have the opportunity to serve in the New Patriotic Party’s Administration, which had elaborate interventions in their 2016 Manifesto to mitigate the plight of PWDs.
Former President John Dramani Mahama in 2013 made history by appointing, Dr Henry Seidu Daannaa, a blind law graduate from the London School of Economics and Political Science, to head the Ministry for Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs.
His appointment incurred the wrath of some traditional chiefs who saw the lawyer’s condition as an abomination and denigration to customs, but this was rebutted by the National Houses of Chiefs.
They had claimed that certain aspects of the Ghanaian tradition and customs in some areas did not allow physically-challenged persons, including the blind, to hold such high public offices.