24.06.2006 General News

Federation of the disabled inaugurated at Jamasi

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Mr Ben Abankwah, Afigya-Sekyere District Chief Executive, has commended associations of people with disabilities in the district for coming together to form a federation to serve as a mouthpiece.

This was contained a speech read for him at the inauguration of the Afigya-Sekyere District branch of the Federation of People With Disabilities at the Ashanti School for the Deaf at Jamasi.

The federation, made up of 850 members, included wood carvers, hairdressers, tailors, seamstresses, kente weavers and soap makers.

He explained the importance of the federation and said it would also serve as a collateral for obtaining financial assistance from financial institutions to expand their businesses.

Mr Abankwah said there should be transparency and accountability as far as the federation's finances are concerned.

He pledged 10 million cedis from the assembly to the federation as seed money to operate.

Mr Mageed Ayarigah, secretary of the federation, said the federation aimed to liase with the assembly and non-governmental organizations to deal with issues militating against the progress and development of persons with disability in the area.

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