Persons with Disability (PWDS) in the Western Region have requested that more interpreters were made available particularly on Television stations and health care facilities across the country in order to help them appreciate news and information flow.
The group also entreated on the government to make it a point to ensure that PWDs were given the opportunity to serve in the political arena as well as ensure that seats were reserved for them in the boarding of public transport.
Madam Doreen Tawiah, a visually impaired and a member of the Ghana Association of Persons with Disability who said this at a workshop, stressed that policy makers needed to do more for this segment of the population to make their lives worth living.
The day’s workshop was organised by the Local Government Network (LOGNET) on the provisions of the New Local Government Act, Acts 936 of 2016 and the Opportunities it offered for PWDs.
Madam Tawiah also called for the revival of rehabilitation centres across the country to give PWDS employable skills and make them more independent.
Mr Christopher Dapaah, Acting National Coordinator of LOGNET said the realising of human rights for all required that the poor and marginalised were supported.
He said the network under the auspices of the UNDP governance project was committed to inclusive development by working to protect and promote the rights of persons with disabilities.
Mr Dapaah said, “These rights include; the rights to participate in the democratic processes in line with the sustainable development goal 16 and 17.
The Acting National Coordinator said none of the development parameters and the sustainable development goals could be achieved or be sustained if human rights and good governance were violated and PWDs were left out in the planning and decision making process.
Dr Eric Oduro Osae, Dean of Studies and Research, Institute of Local Government Studies who articulated sessions of the new Act to the PWDs said section 48 of the Act had given more power to these marginalised groups to demand from duty bearers.
He said any PWD who is dissatisfied with any Assembly’s performance could petition CHRAJ for investigation and necessary action.
Dr Osae said institution such as the Public Relations and Complaint Committee had been expanded to speed up the process of complaint resolve.
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