Regional News of Monday, 26 November 2012
A deaf and dump man in the Gomoa West District, Mr Issaka Obeng, has appealed to the government to provide interpreters for people with hearing and speaking disabilities to enable them to communicate with the public at places such as hospitals and schools.
Mr Obeng made the appeal at a debate for Gomoa West constituency parliamentary candidates organised by the Gomoa West District Directorate of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) at Apam.
All the three aspirants, Mr Francis Kojo Arthur for NDC, Mr Edwin Abakah Williams for NPP and Ms Leah Addison Simpson for PPP, participated in the debate.
Mr Obeng said the deaf and the dump found it difficult to attend hospital as they could not communicate with the nurses and the doctors in sign language.
He said this could be easier if they had interpreters to translate their messages to the health authorities and appealed to the aspirants to speak on their behalf on the floor of parliament.
Mr Cletus Abang, Central Regional Director of NCCE, said the Commission had decided to organise the debates for the constituents to know what the candidates could do for them when they elected them to parliament.
It is also to promote unity and cooperation among the aspirants.
Mr Arthur, the Member of Parliament, said the government had decided to build an irrigation dam at Gomoa Mprumem for farmers.
He said as a policy, the NDC would concentrate on improving conditions and facilities at the kindergarten, primary and the junior high schools to make them give quality education and extend access to education by constructing more senior high schools, polytechnics and universities and would also trained more teachers.
Mr Williams said his flag bearer, Nana Akufo-Addo’s vision to make Senior High School education free would be pursued in earnest.
He said he would organise remedial classes for students who would fail their final examinations for them to benefit from the free SHS education.
Ms Simpson appealed to voters to vote for female candidates and reminded of what Dr Kwegyir Aggrey said about education of women that “if you educate a man you educate an individual but if you educate a woman you educate a nation,” and said it would be in the interest of the nation if more women were elected to parliament.