The Old Tafo Municipal Assembly has provided start-up items and financial support to 16 selected Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) to start their own businesses.

The gesture was part of efforts by the Assembly to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable persons in the Municipality.

Some of the beneficiaries received bags of charcoal, salt, footwear and sheep.

Others were also presented with various sums of cash to invest in businesses of their choice to ensure they were economically independent.

Mr. Fred Obeng Owusu, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), speaking at a brief ceremony, said government was committed to supporting PWDs to be productive and self-reliant.

He said they were equally important as citizens who must be empowered to contribute meaningfully to socio-economic development of the country instead of resorting to alms begging for survival.

The Assembly, he noted, would extend the support to other selected PWDs in the coming weeks and the target was to reach out to all persons with various forms of disabilities in the Municipality.

He entreated them to take advantage of the capital given them to build successful businesses for themselves and families.

The MCE reminded them that a team from the Assembly would be visiting them to monitor the progress of their businesses and charged them to live up to expectation.

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