Friday 16th September, 2016
By GNA Reporter, Ho
Ho, Sept. 16, GNA –
The Ghana Federation of Disability Organizations (GFDO) has launched the Volta
Regional Disability Advocacy Network with a call for inclusion of Persons with
Disability (PWDs) in all spheres of nation building.
Ms Rita Kusi,
Executive Director, GFDO, said the aim of forming the advocacy network in the
Volta Region was to expand the participation of PWDs in nation building and
sharing of ideas and information with relevant stakeholders on issues
pertaining to them.
She said issues of
PWDs have attained global prominence where they are treated as people with the
ability to help in nation building.
Ms Kusi said the
mother umbrella GFDO used to work with sister organizations alone but saw the
need to decentralise to include all stakeholders who could champion the cause
of the disabled.
Disability Network is being formed in selected regions in Ghana with support
from the USAID
Mr Patrick Asiedu,
Deputy Regional Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE)
called on participants and stakeholders to become the mouthpiece of PWDs.
He said disability
should be everyone’s concern and a priority to the nation as “calamities can
befall anyone at any time.”
Mr Asiedu said the
number of PWDs in governance and corporate entities was abysmal and made a
mockery of the Disability Act.
Mr Kofi Agyei
Elolo, Volta Regional Chairman of GFDO challenged PWDs who were begging in the
streets to desist from the practice and make good use of their potentials.