STOP USING CHILDREN TO BEG FOR ALMS -AMA

Source: A.M.A PR UNIT  |  Date Published: 11 May, 2016 12:44:43

  • STOP USING CHILDREN TO BEG FOR ALMS -AMA
  • STOP USING CHILDREN TO BEG FOR ALMS -AMA
  • STOP USING CHILDREN TO BEG FOR ALMS -AMA
  • STOP USING CHILDREN TO BEG FOR ALMS -AMA
  • STOP USING CHILDREN TO BEG FOR ALMS -AMA

The Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) Dr. Alfred OKoe Vanderpuije has cautioned persons with disabilities to desist from using children to beg for alms on the streets within the metropolis.

He made this known when the assembly disbursed an amount worth GH₵72,500 to the disabled to assist in their economic ventures.

According to him, 112 disabled persons received part of the 2% from the common fund disbursed by the Assembly which is done annually.

The MCE, Dr. Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije stated that the assembly has been very faithful in ensuring that the 2% generated from the common fund is given to the disabled.

He also said that, the money would serve as a stepping stone to support them in their various businesses such as dress making, barbering, among others as well as educate their children to become responsible citizens.

He also urged them to put the money disbursed to them in good use so as to better their life’s and stop begging on the streets of Accra with their children.

He further stated that, being disabled does not mean that, one cannot do anything to better his or her life.

Hon. Nii Adjebu Lamptey, chairman of social service of the assembly said that, the committee received about 2000 applications but only 500 qualified.

Adding that, 112 disabled persons would receive share of the 2% funds whilst the second batch would receive their share in a month time.

He further stated that, the money disbursed to them ranged from 500-1000 Ghana Cedis and the beneficiaries were 20 from Ghana Blind Union, 20 from Ghana Society of Physically Disabled, 9 from Ghana Association of Deaf, 10 from Mental Health Association, 30 from individuals Beneficiaries, 1 from School for the Deaf and 10 from Cerebral Palsy (Share Care).

The manager of the Ghana Federation of disabilities, Mr. Michael Asante also urged the disabled persons to use the money wisely such as expanding their businesses, sending their children to schools, and taking care of the house.

He also said that, the AMA would be inspecting whether or not the money disbursed to the disabled persons are been used appropriately as stated in their application.

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