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04.03.2009 Social News

President reminded to include physically challenged in government


The physically challenged on Wednesday repeated their request to President John Evans Atta Mills to appoint competent and qualified persons with disability (PWD) to high political offices.

They also urged the President to inaugurate the National Council on Persons with Disability (NCPWD) to give voice to persons with disability (PWD) for them to participate in mainstream national development process.

At a press conference in Accra organised by Ghana Federation of the Disabled (GFD) and the Ghana Chapter of Network of Journalists for Promotion of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Mr Samuel Kwasi Asare, President of the GFD, said this would make the President's agenda of forming an all-inclusive government a reality.

Mr Asare said the PWD considered an all-inclusive government to mean an all-inclusive society where the needs and aspirations of all segments of the populace would be considered in appointment to political offices.

He said appointing the PWDs would help increase awareness among the wider Ghanaian society about the capabilities of such persons and also demonstrate to the PWDs that they were equally accepted as members of the society.

He called on the President to expedite action on their demands to enable them to enjoy their constitutional rights.