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31.07.2005 General News

Government urged to expedite action on Disability Bill


Kumasi, July 31, GNA - The Ghana Society for the Physically Disabled (GSPD) has appealed to the government to expedite action on the Disability Bill, which has been before Parliament for the past years.

Mr Christopher Kissei, National President of the Society, who made the appeal, explained that the passage of the Bill into law would pave the way for the enhancement of the welfare of the disabled, which is currently lacking.

The National President was speaking in Kumasi on Saturday when Unique Trust Financial Service presented three million cedis to the Society towards the preparation of this year's Regional Disabled sports festival.

The three-day festival which comes off next October at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi, would see the members of the Society competing for honours in wheel chair basketball, amputee soccer, table tennis and athletics.

The Ashanti, Brong-Ahafo, Greater-Accra and Eastern Regions are expected to participate in the festival.

Mr Kissei added that the passage of the Bill would also create avenues for negotiations for better standard of living in terms of safety for the disabled.

"By passing the Bill, public institutions would also be required to provide climbing rumps for the disabled persons and ensure job safety for those who will secure employment", he added.

Mr Kissei lamented that although a lot of talents abound among disabled persons, lack of equipment and support was hindering their ability to make an impact in sports and other ventures.

Mr Adu Ntiamoah, the Kumasi Branch Manager of Unique Trust Financial Service, who made the presentation, said the donation was in response to an appeal made by the Society to procure sports equipment.

Mr Michael De-graft Wireko, National founder and the Ashanti Regional President of the Society, who received the donation, commended the organisation and called on other NGOs, corporate bodies and philanthropists to emulate such gestures and bring relief to the disabled.