The Ghana Federation of Disability Organizations (GFD) applauds government’s affirmative action to appoint Persons with Disabilities ( PwDs) to Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) as part of government’s 30 percent appointees in accordance with the Constitution of Ghana.
Government-issued a directive through the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development for the appointment of at least one person with a disability to all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies.
This directive is contained in section 4 of Appendix ‘B’ -Criteria for the selection of Appointees – of the Ministerial Guidelines dated 24th December 2019 to open up local governance to more persons with disabilities.
We are also pleased with the directive to district authorities to consult the branches of the Federation to ensure that the appointees have adequate knowledge and skills to effectively represent the voice of Persons with Disability in their respective districts.
We have conveyed this pleasant news to our members and branches across the country and urged them to get in touch with their MMDAs to actualize this provision and opportunity.
The Federation, therefore, wishes to urge Government to ensure all MMDAs comply strictly with this directive contained in the guideline in the spirit of social inclusion, social equity and with the principle of “Leaving No One Behind”.
We are hopeful that the directive/guidelines will enable us to deepen knowledge and acceptance of disability and Persons with Disabilities and contribute to the development of disability-inclusive policies and programmes.
It is our fervent hope that this guideline will not be set aside like previous ones issued in 1998, 2002,2006,2010, and 2015 which were either not complied with or partially applied based on the wishes of the district authorities.
The Federation and the entire Disability movement will keep on monitoring the process and outcome to ensure that its full intent and purpose is realized.
By: Prince Baffour Asamoah