The Disability Movement led by the Ghana Federation of Disability Organizations (GFD) has catalogued a number of demands in a petition they would present to the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection for a quick response.
The Federation stated that the government must act expeditiously on the proposed amendment of the persons with Disabilities Act, 2006 (ACT 715).
The Nine (9) groups that signed the petition expressed worry about the reluctance in the speedy processing of the amendment.
“Persons with disabilities form an integral component of the Ghanaian resource build-up and are entitled to all rights specified in the 1992 Constitution as well as all other international Treaties, Conventions, and Agreements that Ghana has ratified under Article 75(B) of the 1992 Constitution,” they added.
Reading out the Petition to the media today at the Cleaver House in Accra, the President of the Ghana Federation of Disability Organizations (GFD), Mawunyo Yakor-Dagbah said they are therefore demanding that the ACT is amended accordingly to the enjoyment of their full right and privileges as established by law.
The demands by the Federation are stated below:
That the government expresses stronger political will and commitment towards the process of amendment of the Disability Act by prioritizing it as one of the first legislations to be sent to the 8th Parliament for amendment.
Government should ensure that all financial obligations for the successful execution of the commitment to amend the law is met on time.
That the National Council on Persons with Disability together with the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection publish a clear road-map on the amendment process.
The petitioners expect a formal written response to our petition from your office by Monday 15th March 2021.
By: Isaac Dzidzoamenu