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Thu. 2nd Mar. 2017

Effective July 1, 2017, 50% of the workforce that manage the country’s toll booths will be Persons with Disabilities (PWDs). A training programme will soon be rolled out between now and the effective date of implementation to build the capacity of beneficiaries to efficiently discharge the responsibility.

The Minister for Roads and Highways, Hon Kwasi Amoako Atta (MP) affirmed this when he paid a working visit to the offices of the Ghana Federation of the Disabled Organisations in Accra on Wednesday, 1st March, 2017.

Presently, there are 35 toll booths nationwide, four (4) of which are automated. There are 428 people employed in the collection and the Minister is emphatic that by July 1, 214 persons with disabilities would have been engaged by the Ghana Highways Authority in fulfillment of H.E. the President’s pledge to create equal employment opportunities for all.

The Minister also stressed that all expenses towards building the capacity of the PWDs for the collection would be borne by his Ministry.

Hon Amoako Atta also committed to engaging his colleague sector Ministers especially Works and Housing as well as Gender, Children and Social Protection to promote the interests of PWDs including ease of access to public buildings, road infrastructure, among others. He stressed that henceforth, road construction would take account of disability friendly interventions right from the design to the construction phases.

The president for Ghana Federation of the Disabled Organizations, Mr. George Ofori Debrah grieved over the challenge PWDs face as road users. He therefore called on the Roads sector minister to as a matter of priority include disability friendly intervention in the design and construction of road projects. This he said will address the fundamental human right of the PWDs

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