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General News of Sunday, 23 December 2018


Parliament should be a place of refuge for persons with disabilities – Speaker

Speaker of Parliament, Prof Mike Aaron Ocquaye Speaker of Parliament, Prof Mike Aaron Ocquaye

The Speaker of Parliament, Prof Mike Aaron Ocquaye has said parliament should be a place of refuge for persons with disabilities and the less privileged.

He said every group of persons in the country have a representive in parliament and called on corporate organizations and civil society organizations to embrace persons with disabilities and make them more comfortable since disability can happen to anyone.

Prof Ocquaye said this when Parliament hosted the Eugenuis Foundation, an organization that cares for the less privileged in society.

The Speaker of Parliament hosted the Foundation as his contribution to support them ahead of a concert scheduled for 30th of December for persons with disabilities.

The concert dubbed “Save a Soul Concert” is on the theme :”Disability is not inability” and will feature groups like the Star Light Band, a musical group made up of people with visual impairment as well as Minister Isaiah , a wheelchair users who leads in worship

Prof Ocquaye said: “Lets have more of less privileged persons visit parliament to interact with us” saying “I hope that people will emulate this gesture and even improve upon it.

Members of parliament including the speaker danced and sung along to melodious tunes from the Voices of Democracy choir

Participants at the programme include persons who are visually impaired and mothers of children with cerebral palsy

The Speaker also donated various items including bags of rice, oil, tin fish, diapers and wipes as well as an amount of money participants as his Christmas gift

Mr Eugene Danso, Founder of Eugenuis Foundation, said the group will like to call on the Speaker of Parliament to be an ambassador for persons with disabilities and help in ensuring that their rights are respected.

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