We’ll sue Parliament if… – Disabled Society threatens

General News of Sunday, 22 February 2015

Source: citifmonline.com

Ghana Parliament

Ghana Society of the Physically Disabled (GSPD) will sue Parliament if the chamber is not made accessible to them.

According to the GSPD the chamber where strategic decisions concerning the state are made cannot remain inaccessible to the disabled.

Some physically challenged persons were disappointed last year, when they were unable to witness proceedings during the World Disability Day because the main entrance of the Chamber has not been structured to allow them to freely move.

The chairman of the Accra Metro Disabled Society, Elvis Kosi Alipui told Citi News that certain portions of building projects being undertaken by Parliament are not disability friendly.

He said they feel marginalized by the decision and hence will sue parliament for the necessary corrections to be made.

“If you go to Parliament, there is a new building where the disabled cannot go because they have not made provisions for them. If they do not do anything about the problem we will go to court,” he stated.

This is not the first time an institution has been threatened over its inability to make its facilities disability friendly.

The Ghana National Association of the Deaf (GNAD) has threatened to take legal action against all public service institutions and establishments that fail to make their facilities disability-friendly by December 31, 2015.

The Disability Act 2006 gave a 10-year moratorium to all such institutions to put in place facilities to make it possible for all persons with disability (PWDs) to access their services.