Hon. John Majisi, Member of Parliament (MP) for Krachi Nchumuru constituency in the Volta Region, has called on government and other stakeholders on disability to put in place measures to make life easy for persons with disability (PWDs) in the country.
According to him, more persons living with disability should be identified and included in the Livelihood Empowerment against Poverty (LEAP) programme to improve their condition.
Hon. Majisi made the called during an interview with The Republic after he hosted the disabled in his constituency to encourage and assure them of his effort to improve their lives.
He told the paper that there was the need for government to take steps, as a matter of urgency, to domesticate the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability, making it possible for them to live a more meaningful and dignified life, especially ability to access jobs without discrimination.
The MP, who is a member of the Parliamentary Sub-committee of Office Holding and Lands and Forestry, stated that, given its importance, the issue of disability and inclusion became one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015.
Goal 4 of the SDGs is on inclusive and equitable quality education and promotion of lifelong learning opportunities for all, which calls for equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disability.
The legislator bemoaned how unfriendly some members of society behave towards persons with disability, noting, every member of society is a potential disabled person, but with time.
Hon. Majisi said he donated a fully furnished office accommodation for the PWDs members in the constituency to help them have a convenient place to operate, while effort was being made to support them in other trades to earn a decent living in their communities.
He said the government has over the years failed to implement or enforce Act 715 and the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disability, which make it mandatory for all buildings to be made accessible to PWDs, stating, “Several buildings, roads, and recreational facilities have been made without compliant with these provisions as most are not accessible for persons with disability and do not have ramps or lift access.”
The Krachi Nchumuru lawmaker said, as an advocate, he would continue to remind government on the plight of PWDs, adding, “action must be taken to ensure that people, especially children, with disability can safely access their classrooms and other facilities, just like their able counterparts.”
He further called for an inclusive disabled, as citizens, to have the same opportunity to live comfortably in our communities, learn in our schools, and earn a good wage for hard work.
The disabled persons, Mr. Majisi noted, has lagged behind the rest of the citizenry in meaningfully integrating and we could and must do more, while continuing to stand up against contemptible and discriminatory policies coming against the vulnerable in society.
He encouraged the PWDs members in the constituency to remain hopeful and not to feel neglected as he continues to lobby the government for their support.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Felix Engsalige Nyaaba