The Nandom District Assembly in the Upper West Region has disbursed GH¢339, 611.35 to persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the area, from the disability fund from 2017 to 2019.
The District Chief Executive (DCE) of Namdam, Mr Thaddeus Arkun Aasoglenang indicated that, the assembly in 2017 spent GH¢63,632.3, GH¢80,898 in 2018 and GH¢195,081 in 2019 to meet their needs, in addition to GH¢7,000.00 worth of food stuff bought and distributed to the PWDs in the district,
“The government is very much concerned about the welfare of our dear vulnerable people in society. The assembly since 2017 has supported them with GH¢339,611.35 to meet some of their basic needs,” he stressed.
Mr Aasoglenang who announced this when the district took its turn to meet with the media on Monday stated that the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) beneficiaries in the district had appreciated to 9,748, including 25 lepers and 534 PWDs.
According to the DCE, the assembly had supported schools in the district with teaching and learning materials such as laptops to some selected Senior High Schools (SHSs) in the district.
Mr Aasoglenang said the assembly had also assisted certain brilliant but needy students with a total amount of GH¢222,442.74 to further their studies at various levels within the three years under review.
“In raising Basic Education standard in the district, the assembly continues to support in organising holiday classes and mock examinations, and also providing mathematical set and other materials that would enhance teaching and learning activities to students at the Junior High School level,” he added.
For his part, the Upper West Regional Minister, Dr Hafiz Bin Salih commended the assembly for working assiduously to ensure the general good of residents in the area.
The government, he said, had enjoyed the co-operation and support of the people of the region and urged the people of the Upper West Region to continue to support the government.
From Lydia FORDJOUR and rafia ABDUL-RAZAK, Nandom