The Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam District Assembly has released two per cent of its Common Fund to the blind, deaf and the physically challenged to support their trades and businesses.
Addressing members of the Disabled Association at a special ceremony at Ajumako, the Member of Parliament for the area, Mr Ato Forson, said he was hopeful the amount would be well utilized by the beneficiaries to improve upon their trades and businesses and desist from begging.
Mr Pobi Donkor, District Finance Officer, said the assembly had plans for the disabled in advocacy, education, developmental organization, support and provision of equipment.
He said a special monitoring team had been put in place to monitor and assist in the proper utilization of the money.
The Chairman of the Disabled Fund Management Committee, Mr Mac Ananoo, said the disbursement of the fund was based solely on application letters submitted by individuals, adding that the least offer was GH¢50 while the maximum was GH¢1,000 per applicant.
Mr Ransford Mensah, the District Chairman of the Association of the Disabled, advised his members to put the money to good use.
Mr Mensah said the outcome of their performance would determine the fate of other members of the Association who are yet to be considered for the offer.
The Chairman expressed appreciation to the District Assembly for providing 50 plastic chairs to the Association for commercial purposes.
A beneficiary, Madam Bernidice Eshun from Enyan-Maim, expressed appreciation to the government for the assistance and President Mills and the NDC government for honouring their promise appealed to the government to make provision for the education of their unfortunate counterparts at home.