NPP to prioritise training of persons with disabilities – Bawumia

The running mate of the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwah has stated that the party will reserve a quota of government procurement for the training of Persons Living with Disabilities (PLDs) if they are elected into office.

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, who was in Medie in the Greater Accra Region on Wednesday, stated that an NPP government will establish a Training Institution and Scholarship Scheme purposely for Persons living with disabilities.

Dr Bawumia presenting 20000 Ghana cedis to FLD Chairman for completion of Centre

To demonstrate the party’s commitment to improving the lives of persons living with disabilities, he donated 20,000 Ghana Cedis for the completion of a training facility, which had been neglected due to a lack of funds.

The facility was being put up by the Future Life for the Disabled (FLD), a group of persons living with disabilities, which seeks to equip its members with technical skills to be productive.

Emmanuel Dzikunu thanks Dr Bawumia and Nana Akufo-Addo

Dr. Bawumia stated that a Nana Addo presidency would pay more attention to PLWDs and formulate policies geared at ensuring equality in the society.

“With particular regard to people living with disabilities, we all realise that without well-thought-out policies and actions from government, such persons will continue to struggle and that is why we will initiate a number of policies all geared at ensuring a fairer society. Nana Akufo-Addo will introduce these policies to help the persons with disabilities because as we all know, he is someone who cares for persons living with disabilities”, he said.

Members of the FLD meet Dr Bawumia at the uncompleted Training Centre

He added that the NPP would prioritise the training and education of PLDs to enable them contribute towards national development.

“God willing when Nana Akufo-Addo becomes President, we will establish a major Training Institute for people living with disabilities with one campus in Northern Ghana and another in Southern Ghana to equip you with technical and vocational skills to enable you work and earn a living.

“As our Chairman recounted, he couldn’t go to school but we have all realised that he has great intellect that should be used for nation building. It is a similar case for most persons living with disability and that is why the second major policy initiative will be the establishment of a scholarship scheme purposely for persons living with disability to help persons living with disabilities to go through schooling from the basic level to the tertiary level.”