Press Releases of Monday, 17 October 2011
17th October 2011
Government, The Disabled And The New Foot Bridges
The Network of Journalists for the Promotion of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Africa (PROMOAFRICA), wish to draw Governments attention of the omission of its commitment to provide the necessary structures to aid persons with disabilities with regard to the various new footbridges being constructed from the Tetteh Quashie Roundabout to Mallam Junction.
A fact finding mission carried out by PROMOAFRICA to Abofun , Akweteyman, Nyamekye junction, Kata Hostel, Kwashieman and Mallam junction indicates that the accessibility, welfare and concerns of persons with disabilities and persons with old age were not taken into consideration in construction of these new facilities. Hence they are not accessible to this category of persons.
Promoafrica sees it very strange that the NDC government that prides itself with social democratic philosophy, (the mantra of being pro-poor) will ignore or exclude persons with disabilities in such a simple issue as accessibility and freedom of movement.
We are hereby, through this press release, appealing to the president, H.E John Atta Mills and the Minister of Roads and Highways to take urgent steps to correct the anomalies and factor in the concerns and wellbeing of persons with disabilities in future development projects since this category of citizens constitute ten percent of the population and plays active part in the developmental processes of this country.
Amoah Kwaku Addi