Regional News of Thursday, 1 November 2012

Source: GNA

STMA disburses funds to the physically challenged

The Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) on Wednesday disbursed part of its Disability Fund to 59 physically challenged persons in the Metropolis.

Captain Anthony Cudjoe (rtd), the Metropolitan Chief Executive, said this was the second time the Assembly was supporting the physically challenged in the area with funds.

He said some able-bodied persons fraudulently secured financial support during the first disbursement of funds and this prompted the Social Services Committee to carefully screen all the 150 applications submitted.

He said the Disability Fund is to assist the physically challenged and is not meant for other purposes.

Captain Cudjoe advised the beneficiaries to put money allocated to them to good use to enable them enjoy good standard of living and urged them to take advantage of other government interventions including the Local Enterprises and Skills Development Programme (LESDEP).

He said the Assembly has set aside funds to support the training and capacity building programmes of the Association of the Physically Challenged.

Mr John Davies, Chairman of the Social Services Committee of the Assembly, has embarked on a programme at lorry parks to educate the public about the disability law and urged drivers to reserve the front seats of their vehicles for the physically challenged.