Some persons with disabilities who attended the recently-held Global Disability Summit say, they are slow to believe that the Government of Ghana is really serious about implementing its commitments made at the summit.
According to them, the Government’s attitude towards disability issues so far points to the fact that it doesn’t take matters of disability seriously.
Ghana and Norway co-hosted the 2022 Global Disability Summit on February 16 and 17; an event that brought together stakeholders within the disability fraternity, including Governments, to mobilize efforts for the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
At the summit, President Nana Akufo-Addo, among other things said, “Embracing disability inclusion will enhance access to a new talent pool for national development and increase consumer markets for businesses and industry”.
“Persons with disabilities must be given ample opportunities to participate in, contribute to, and benefit from development interventions. It makes moral, ethical, and economic sense to do so”, he added.
But some of the participants are less enthused about the President’s comments.
They say they are fed up with sweet talks without action.
The Executive Director of the Ghana Federation of Disability Organizations, Mrs. Rita Kusi Kyeremaa, also complains about the failure of the Government to implement Ghana’s commitments at the first edition of the Global Disability Summit in 2018.
She notes that the commitments were not realistic, not measurable and there was no intention to implement them.