Persons with disabilities are encouraging Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to consider other ways of supporting them instead of overly depending on the 3 percent Common fund allocation.
They are disturbed that apart from the District Assemblies Common Fund they do not get any other support.
According to them due to this, anytime the fund delays they are found wanting.
This concern was raised at the 2017 town hall meeting of the Sekondi – Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly on Tuesday November 28, 2017.
The meeting aims at creating avenues for deepening democracy and offering accountability by government to the citizenry at the district levels and also offer opportunities for open interactions between government officials and the people.
In an open forum persons with disabilities challenged MMDA’s to create space in their budget where they will use, for example, their internally generated funds to also support them.
They said even though their allocation has been increased they are yet to enjoy it due to delays in releasing it.
“The year  is coming to an end and no person with disability has received a pesewas from the district assembly common fund for PWDs. They came to do a mass registration in all the 216 district but up till now we have not received the fund even though it has been increased to 3%. Payment of the funds is in arrears from last year. And this is very worrying as we depend heavily on the allocation”.
Responding Sekondi – Takoradi Mayor Anthony KK Sam disputed the fact that government owes persons with disabilities. He also indicated there already exit programs for which their allocation is meant for and that the programs are aimed at giving PWDs financial independence.
“It is not true that the common fund has not been paid. Government has made payment for the first and second quarter”.
He recounted that, “recently the assembly paid for the school fees and other pressing needs of some persons with disability to make them self-sufficient so that they will not feel neglected”.