BE A UNIFIED BODY – HON. CYNTHIA MORRISON ADVICE PWDs
December 5, 2018 12:00 pm
Hon. Cynthia Mamle Morrison, the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, has called on People With Disability (PWDs) in various disability groups, organizations, and networks to come together and form one body.
According to Hon. Cynthia Morrison, this will help her ministry and other stakeholders address effectively the issues and concerns of people living with disability in Ghana. “Having a unified body for all people with disability will make dealings of advocacies, programmes and social interventions very accomplishable,” she added.
“There is one thing I want to do for you and my heart would be at rest and I pray that it will come to pass. But one thing I would like you to do is to come together as a unified body. You can have your different blind group, deaf and dumb group, physically challenged grouped but there should be one body that we can all come together to stand and fight for your rights”, the Hon. Minister said.
The Gender Minister, Hon. Cynthia Morrison made these remarks when she launched the ‘Braille Version of the GHEITI (Ghana Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative) Report’ in Accra on Wednesday 5th December, 2018. The sector Minister performed the launching of the braille document on behalf of the Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) in collaboration with Oxfam-Ghana.
Ghana has ratified the Extractive Industries’ Transparency (EITI) which is a global initiative seeking to promote improved and transparent resource governance approaches that ensures that resource extraction is translated into growth and development for the benefit of the people. Ghana, in ratifying the EITI as a member, produces Ghana’s report which is the ‘GHEITI Report’, through the Ghana EITI secretariat.
Extractive Director of ACEP, Mr. Benjamin Boakye explained that the initiative was to mainstream inclusiveness into providing information for the physically challenged, particularly the blind who were almost obviously cut out as far as the discussions of the extractive industry is concerned.
ACEP and Oxfam-Ghana, as an intervention to bridge information gap, has transcribed the GHEITI report into Braille version that can be used by the visually impaired to access information and also take advantage of opportunities in the sector.
According to him, they want to ensure that disability will be factored into whatever money will be spent. The Centre will also ensure that disability is considered in terms of building infrastructures like schools, hospitals, offices and to name a few.
Hon. Cynthia Morrison commended people with disability for being bold and fighters for what they believe in. She praised them also for being able to work and sustain themselves economically, and being able to pay taxes which contribute to the development of the country.
“You are more intelligent than some of us and I will urge you to push on, read and debate the government because Ghana is your government too”, the Hon. Minister remarkably concluded.