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UER: 59 PWDs receive 3 per cent Common Fund

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The Bolgatanga Municipal and East District Assembly have disbursed the 2019 three percent District Assembly Common Fund to 59 Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).

The PWDs Common Fund which was raised from 2 per cent to three per cent by the current administration has yielded the 59 PWDs with each taking home a cheque of between ¢500.00 and ¢600.00 at the Municipal Assembly.

The hitherto drudgery of PWDs cueing at the four court Municipal and District Assemblies for their fair share of the national cake, the Common Fund is now a thing of the past, as cheques are being issued to them at the comfort of their Municipal and District Assembly Halls, as central government realises the funds.

Front elevation of the Municipal Assembly.

The increment makes it possible for them to receive enough seed capital to start with, for expansion or payment of school fees.

A total of 151 PWDs applied for the Disability Common Fund of the Bolgatanga Municipal and Bolga East District Assembly at the last quarter of 2019.

They were screened and out of the number, 59 were qualified and were given their cheques.

In an interview with GBC’s Radio Ghana, the Head of Department of Social Welfare (DSW) and Community Development (CD) (DSW/CD) for Bolgatanga Municipal, Ms. Mercy Pwavera explained that after the screening process, they followed up to their various businesses entities to ascertain the true state of affairs before the funds are disbursed accordingly, with effective monitoring of their businesses.

The Head of Department of Social Welfare and Community Development for Bolgatanga Municipal, Mercy Pwavera

She indicated that most of them are into weaving and animal rearing and that informs them how much each will be given.

Ms. Pwavera added that 30,600.00 has been disbursed to the 59 PWDs as compared to 2018, ¢130,455.00 was disbursed to 115 PWDs.

She lauded the efforts of the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI) for partnering them to train the PWDs on business management to enable them put the funds to good use.

She commended the common fund for helping to take a chunk of PWDs off the street begging for arms.

Municipality chairperson of PWDs and the Chairperson to the Assembly Unit Committee members, Apania Kaadre Issah, advised his colleagues to put the money to good use in order to improve their living standards.

Municipality chairperson of PWDs and the Chairperson to the Assembly Unit Committee members, Apania Kaadre Issah.

The Municipal Chief Executive, Joseph Ameyuure Aturah indicated that on education, a total amount of ¢ 20,000.00 had been disbursed to students with disabilities from primary up to tertiary in 2019, especially St Charles Specialised Schools with over 70 children with disabilities in the Bolgatanga Municipality and over forty students in Gbego School For The Deaf in the Talensi District of the Upper East Region

Story filed by Emmanuel Akayeti.

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