Regional News Sat, 25 May 2013

MMDAs failing to release Common Fund to PWD

The Ghana Federation of the Disabled (GFD) has said some Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) were failing to release the two per cent Common Fund meant for Persons With Disability (PWD).

The Federation has also expressed worry over the late release of the Fund to facilitate members’ activities.

Persons With Disability enjoy two per cent of the District Assemblies Common Fund to support members and their activities to enable them contribute to national development.

Mr Yaw Ofori-Debrah, President of the GFD, told the Ghana News Agency on Tuesday that quotas for the second and third quarters of 2012 were released just about three months ago and some MMDAs had still not made the funds available to members.


He said failure to make the funds available to members on time to enable them serve their needs was frustrating.

“We need to pay our school fees, buy assistive devices, support expansion of businesses and empower needy disabled persons, yet the funds are released late,” he said.

The Federation has, therefore, called on those assemblies holding on to the funds, to as a matter of urgency, release them to enable its members better serve their needs.

The GFD has also called on the government to ensure timely release of the funds to the various assemblies to facilitate quick disbursement.

Source: Daily Graphic