The Minister for Business Development, Awal Mohammed has challenged beneficiaries of Government’s GHc2Million fund to make good use of the aid given them.
According to him, the Ministry will continue to support more disabled women entrepreneurs if they manage to make good use of the support offered them.
Speaking at the batch 3 programme held in Accra, the Minister said “President Akufo-Addo has come up with lots of initiatives and I will urge all to make good use of them. There is the Free-SHS and I am urging all parents to send their wards to school to benefit from it.”
The Minister added that his outfit has trained and funded many individuals with 50 disabled women entrepreneurs benefiting from the support.
The sector minister added that 600 disabled women in April benefitted from financial support and training under President Akufo-Addo’s Empowerment for Women with disabilities.
“They are into trading, commences, fashion, textiles, petty trading among others across the country. So 600 of them benefitted about GHc550,000. We want to empower more of them under the President’s vision by the end of next year,” he revealed.
The Minister was confident that come January to December 2020, government will support the remaining 1350 people.
According to him, since the Independence, this is the first time; such a deliberate and comprehensive systematic integrated support for disabled people has been introduced. "Next year, we will also launch one for ‘men."
The Ministry assured that there will be close monitoring of the beneficiaries in their dealing adding that, that will determine whether they deserve more help or not.
Chief Executive Officer of National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (NEIP), Lawyer John Ampontuah Kumah commended the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) for the great initiative adding that the call will help bring smiles on the faces of the poor in society.
“Nana Akufo-Addo cares about you. He has lots of things to offer. Retrain him and enjoy more of his policy but do not forget to kick the opposition party to the deepest part of opposition, they have nothing to offer us," he stated.
Some beneficiaries expressed their gratitude and promised to help the government achieve all its dreams.
Some mentioned that the initiative was a clear example of an all-inclusive government in Ghana.
The beneficiaries were awarded cheques with various amounts to support their businesses.