Stop building in unauthorised areas — Daasebre Ewusi
According to him, some people decide to build in watercourses and other unauthorised places, adding that if the right thing is not done, disasters would continue to occur which would lead to loss of lives and property.
Daasebre Kwebu Ewusi, who is also the Omanhen of the Abeadze Dominase Traditional Area, gave the advice during the Central Regional celebration of this years’ World Disaster Risk Reduction Day at Agona Swedru.
It was held on the theme: Living with disabilities and disasters.
He noted that most of the disasters were preventable only if building regulations were put in place and adhered to.
He also called on the public to have the challenges confronting the disabled at heart and support them to ensure that they did not feel neglected by society.
The acting Central Regional Co-ordinator of the National Disaster Management Organisation, Mr Sandy Amartey, said that most disasters tended to magnify the plight of those living with disabilities.
He stated that persons living with disabilities were among the most excluded in society because they were more likely to be poor and with limited access to education and health care, among others.
He acknowledged that although persons with disabilities represented one-fifth of the world’s population, they still had no significant representation in the planning process to reduce disaster risk and prevent disasters.
The Member of Parliament for Agona West, Charles Obeng-Inkoom, admonished NADMO volunteers to intensify their campaigns on disasters, including the disabled so that in times of disasters, those with disabilities would not be disadvantaged.
Mr Kofi Asante, the Agona West President of the Ghana Federation of the Disabled, stated that most of the disabled are not able to access most government buildings since they were not disability-friendly.
He appealed to the assembly to ensure that their two per cent share of the Common Fund was released to them early enough to enable the beneficiaries to make good use of the funds.
Mr Samuel Adu Yeboah, a former Member of Parliament for Agona East, who chaired the function, advised the public to put a stop to criticising the disabled and rather offer the necessary assistance to them to make life better for them.
By Gilbert Mawuli Agbey/Daily Graphic/Ghana
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