Board for the National Council for Persons With Disability Inaugurated in Ghana

Africa, November 27 2013

ACCRA: A 14-member Board of the Council of Persons with Disability was, yesterday, inaugurated in Accra. This is to broaden the mandate of the ministry to include promoting and protecting the rights of vulnerable groups including persons with disabilities.

In her remarks, Hon. Nana Oye Lithur, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, noted that the National Council on Persons with Disability (NCPD) was mandated under the Persons with Disability Act 2006, (Act 715), to pursue and promote a better Ghana experience for the estimated 20% of the population with disabilities.

Hon. Lithur said the Council was also mandated by section 42 of the Act 715, to evolve policies and strategies to facilitate the participation of persons with disabilities in the national development process.

She said in order to set the pace for the full mainstreaming or inclusion of persons with disabilities in the socio-economic development process, there was the need for prioritization of the Council’s mandates.

Key among these, he said, was the amendment of the Disability Act, saying the amendment would conform to the international obligations under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with disabilities, and also ensure that the needs of the Ghanaian with disability were addressed while adopting the Act in a more rights based approach.

She acknowledged the challenge with the implementation of Section 6 of the Act which required owners of public structures to make their facilities accessible for persons with disabilities.

Hon. Lithur said other key issues that required attention were the establishment of a full national presence at regional and district level with proper operational capacity and adequate resourcing.

She said notwithstanding the major challenge of funding, the challenge should not be used to defend any inefficiencies.

She tasked the council to mobilize funding for its activities and not use the lack of resources as a claim for its inability to execute its mandate.

Ms. Emma Lilian Bruce-Lyle, a board member thanked the minister on behalf of all the board members.

She said it was their expectation that they would make a positive and a major difference during their tenure of office.

 Source: Government of Ghana

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