MTN Mobile Money (MoMo) Services has taken another giant step by empowering 100 Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) to become economically independent.

The initiative is also aimed at alleviating the plight of a marginalised group in the country since PWDs encounter numerous challenges in their quest to access funds to develop themselves.

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It is in this regard, MTN distributed disability-friendly kiosks, mobile phones and a capital of GH¢4000.00 each to 100 Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) to operate MoMo business, earn a living and be financially independent.

MTN’s efforts to economically empower PWDs also forms part of the activities of commemorating the 10th Anniversary of its MoMo services in Ghana.

The celebration was also used to trace the steps that had been taken to make MTN MoMo service one of the most transformational technological innovations that has been introduced in this country.

The General Manager of Mobile Money Services Mr Eli Hini, speaking at the occasion, he explained that MTN Ghana reached out to the Federation of Disability to assess what could be done to empower PWDs in a sustainable manner and this is how this project was born.

“We hope to see this project grow so that beneficiaries can earn enough income to put their children through school and not allow them to push them to beg for arms on the streets,” he added.

“This is not just an ordinary venture. MTN rewards its agents for their hard work with prizes such as cars, cash, and trips to Dubai among others.

If you work hard, you stand a chance of winning some of the prizes in the near future,” he told the beneficiaries.

He, therefore, challenged the beneficiaries to work assiduously, by dedicating time and energy, saying it was also prudent to be diligent, discipline and meticulous so that they would not spend the capital for their business.

The Minister for Employment and Labour Relations Hon. Ignatius Baffour-Awuah (MP) who graced the occasion commend the management of MTN Ghana and the leadership of the Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations (GFD) for such laudable innovation.

This he said, the initiative is not only timely but also relevant as it complements Government’s efforts at empowering PWDs for socio-economic development.

“The urgent need to facilitate the integration of PWDs into the World of Work is non-negotiable. Ghana is estimated to have about one-fifth of its population being people with either physical, intellectual or emotional disability.

This is a matter of huge concern (Source: Coordinated Programme of Economic and Social Development Policies (CPESDP) 2017-2024).

These group of people have been subjected to severe stigmatisation, discrimination and maltreatment.

This often results in lack of access to employment, education, healthcare, and other social services just to mention a few,” he emphasised.

According to him, the government would continue to strengthen its legislative and regulatory mechanisms to ensure adequate protection for PWDs.

What is worrying is that, since the promulgation of the Disability Act, 2006 (Act 715), a number of facilities and services remain inaccessible to PWDs. This is problematic, unacceptable and must be addressed with the urgency it deserves.

“As the Minister responsible for Employment and Labour Relations, I pledge to deepen my engagement with the Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations (GFD). I will continue to explore more avenues and opportunities for employability and entrepreneurship,” he pledged.

Ms Mawunyo Yakor the President of the Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations (GFD), in a statement, read on her behalf, noted that the unemployment rate among PWDs was high because employers believed they would be incompetent in executing their duties as a result of their conditions.

“Even those with high levels of education, she said, were not able to easily secure jobs, a condition she said was disheartening,” she expressed worry.

According to her the initiative would make the beneficiaries economically independent.
She also seized the opportunity to appeal to the public to purchase the products and services of PWDs while engaging in businesses and not discriminating against them.

Ms. Mawunyo challenged the PWDs especially the beneficiaries to work diligently and in order to improve the start-up capital they received.

Source: Isaac Kofi Dzokpo/newsghana.com.gh

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