Ashanti Region Youth Network in collaboration with Foundation for Security Development in Africa and Oxfam Ghana have organized a National Forum in Kumasi to provide a platform for youth with disabilities to discuss key issues affecting their participation and representation in governance and national decision making processes.
The Ashanti Regional Secretary of the Ghana Federation of Disabled, Mr. Daniel Baah Appeadu spoke about concerns negatively affecting youth with disabilities.
According to him, even though, on paper the government claims to have engaged some of their members but in reality that is not happening .He lamented that many of their gradate members at still at home without employment. Mr.Appeadu said State Institutions and agencies as well as the private institutions continue to discriminate against their members hence most of them are unemployed. He calls for urgent passage of the Disability Bill which has been on the table several years now.
Mr. Ali Ibrahim lamented that Persons with Disabilities constitute three per cent of the total population of Ghana. Out of this marginalized group, youth with disability constitute the greatest percentage.
Their voices are not being heard nor taken seriously because they have no representation in governance and decision making at all levels of national development. There has been commitment from the government to address these challenges. However, the lack of financial resources is a major impediment.
It is in light of this, that Ashanti Region Youth Network in collaboration with Foundation for Security Development in Africa and Oxfam Ghana organized a National forum for youth with disabilities in Kumasi. Participants were from the Ashanti Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regions. The President of Ashanti Region Youth Network, Mr. Ali Braheem explained the essence of the forum.
On his part,the Ashanti Regional Director of the National Youth Authority, Mr. George Orwell Amponsah announced that his outfit has rolled out programmes targeting persons with disabilities.