The Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations is commending the Minister of Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako Atta for taking action to ensure the effective implementation of disability policy in Ghana.
Following a news story carried by some news agencies on the 24th of this month, the Minister has instructed the removal of the Tolls Manager, at the Ghana Highways Authority, Emmanuel Spencer Baah, who is alleged to have shown disregard for the Road Toll Policy directives for Persons with Disabilities.
In a statement signed by the National President of the Federation, Mawunyo Yarkor-Dagba, it commends the action of the Minister, Mr Amoako Atta for ensuring that there is strict adherence and compliance to the directives of the policy which states that at least 50 percent of persons with disability are engaged to manage toll booths across the country.
The policy forms part of government’s commitment to ensure that the rights of the over two million people with disabilities in Ghana are protected.
The Federation used the opportunity to also call on government to amend the Persons with Disabilities Act 715 to conform to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and release a legislative instrument to facilitate its effective implementation.
It is believed that this will promote their rights to employment as stipulated in article 27 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which states that Parties recognize the right of persons with disabilities to work on an equal basis with others.
The statement also appeals to the government to adopt and implement an employment equity policy to ensure that persons with disabilities are employed across all sectors and monitored to ensure that they are working per their terms of reference.
The Federation encourages all ministries, agencies and departments to respond to disability issues, to show interest and commitment to all disability related issues.