The Ga East Municipal Assembly (GEMA) has issued cheques worth GH¢27,300 to 18 persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the municipality.
The beneficiaries received cheques, which ranged from GH¢500 to GH¢2,500, primarily to cater for their educational needs and medical expenses.
The amount was from the three per cent allocation to the PWDs from disbursement of the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF).
Speaking at a short ceremony last Wednesday to present the cheques to the beneficiaries, the Municipal Chief Executive of GEMA, Ms Janet Tulasi Mensah, said the move was in fulfillment of the government's responsibility to support PWDs in the country, as stipulated under the constitution.
She said that was the second presentation in 2019 after GEMA in January disbursed an amount of GH¢78,000 to 68 beneficiaries in the municipality.
She explained that GEMA settled on education and health because of its importance in the development and wellbeing of any individual.
Ms Mensah admonished the beneficiaries to use the money for its intended purpose and assured them that the next tranche would go into the economic needs of the PWDS in the municipality.
She also called on the PWDs in the municipality to continuously support GEMA to enhance their living conditions and provide them with the right services due them under the constitution.
She also appealed to able-bodied individuals not to stigmatise or discriminate against PWDs but rather co-exist with them peacefully as one people with a common destiny.
On behalf of the beneficiaries, the Vice President of the Ghana Federation of Persons With Disabilities, GEMA branch, Mr Anthony Opoku Ayeh, thanked the government and GEMA for the continuous support to PWDs.
He also encouraged PWDs not to look down on themselves but strive to develop their talents for their benefit.