CDD To Force Government To Work On Disability Bill
The Center for Democratic Development says it’s determined to push the disability bill to Parliament after three years of waiting.
The draft disability bill was introduced in 2002. But it’s been twelve years since the disability policy was first initiated. CDD’s executive director Professor Emmanuel Gyimah-Boadi was involved in drafting the bill. He says government is stalling.
“ It recognizes that the passage of the bill, and the rights that it confers, can impose some cost obligations on government to provide access to public buildings, where access doesn’t exist,” he says.
Professor Gyimah-Boadi says the government is bound by the constitution to create a Disability Act. He says the CDD and other disability-related organizations are willing to use litigation to push for the bill to be passed. However, he hopes it doesn’t get to that point.
Nicholas Halm is with the Ghana Federation of the Disabled. Even though Article 29 of the 1992 Constitution protects the rights of the disabled, Mr. Halm says a Disability Act is needed.
The 2002 Ghana Poverty Reduction Strategy stresses that people with disabilities are among the poorest and most vulnerable in Ghana.
About one million Ghanaians can’t see, can’t hear or are somehow physically challenged.
Both the CDD and the Ghana Federation of the Disabled hope the new minister of Manpower and Employment, Mr. Joseph Ada, will support the disability bill.
A spokesman says the minister wants to do more consultations before he speaks.