Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, the Minister for Business Development has revealed that, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo through his ministry has supported 600 disabled Women Entrepreneurs from April this year to date across the country.
According to him, the women were drawn from areas such as trade and commerce, garment, fashion and beauty, as well as food and beverage received training to build their capacities to effectively manage their businesses prior to receiving the funds.
Dr. Ibrahim disclosed this today at the Ministry’s premises during the disbursement of funds to 50 disabled women entrepreneurs with disability which is the 3rd tranche of disbursements of funds under the Presidential Empowerment for Women with disability program.
“Over the years, the disabled have been neglected, President Akufo-Addo thought that Ghana cannot grow to achieve the height we want if we leave them out. The essence is to train and empower them with funds”, Dr. Awal added.
minister said, there were plans to support about 1,000 women financially to
grow their businesses by the end of 2020.
Additionally, he hinted that an initiative to financially support 500 men with disability will be launched early next year, all in a bid to ensure inclusiveness.
A representative from the Ghana National Association of Deaf (GNAD), Mr. Richard Doku thanked the Minister, Dr. Ibrahim for his eminence support to the disabled in Ghana.
He said, the funds received will be put to good use and will go a long way to help expand their businesses.
It will be recalled that, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday 30th of April 2019, disbursed an amount of GH¢2-million fund to support 1,000 beneficiaries of the Presidential Empowerment for Women Entrepreneurs with Disability at the Jubilee House in Accra.
The second tranche of funds were also disbursed in August this year by the Minister of Business Development, Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal.