The procurement and Business Support Manager of the Ghana office of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) of the UK government, has asked employers in the country to be “deliberate” about employing persons with disabilities (PWDs).
Madam Akosua Oheneba-Gyambibi said, employers should not just be “ticking the box” by employing only one or two PWDs but must give persons with disabilities full opportunity to contribute to the growth of the country.
That, she said, could be done by reviewing their recruitment processes to ensure that a good number of their employees were people with disabilities.
Again, she called for the review of their facilities to ensure disability-friendly working environments and must also be willing to provide assistive devices that would make things easy for employees with disabilities.
Madam Oheneba-Gyambibi also asked that employees with disabilities should be given the same platforms and opportunities for learning and development as other employees
She said, that was the sure way to support the government to achieve an inclusive society by the year 2030, as set out by the United Nations, and assented to by the government of Ghana.
Madam Akosua Oheneba-Gyambibi was speaking with DisabilityNewsGH on the sidelines of a career fair organised recently by the Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations (GFD).
The fair brought together some employers from the private sector and recruitment agencies to expose the potentials of PWDs to them and create a platform for interaction between them and PWDs looking for jobs.
Some 80 shortlisted graduates with disabilities got the opportunity to be assessed for possible employment.