Home / General News / Akufo-Addo apologises to disability associations for deaf and blind comment.
President Akufo-Addo

Akufo-Addo apologises to disability associations for deaf and blind comment.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has rendered an unqualified apology on Facebook to the Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations over a ‘political metaphor’ he recently used  that was met with heavy criticism from the association and a section of the general public.

The federation had in a statement demanded an apology from the President for suggesting on the campaign platform that people who cannot see his achievement in his two-year reign as President are either deaf or blind.

The President in his statement of apology however clarified the twist to the comment he made at the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency by-elections, purporting to have maligned persons with disabilities.

Find his statement below;

“Vis-à-vis the comments I made at the final rally prior to the holding of the by-election at Ayawaso West Wuogon, which was won by the NPP candidate so emphatically, I am glad the Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations recognizes it was a “political metaphor”. I did not intend any slight on Persons with Disabilities, nor would I ever, and I hope they know that.

If there has been any Government that has been on the side of Persons with Disabilities, it is my Government. We have increased the share of the District Assemblies Common Fund to Persons with Disabilities from 2% to 3%, and we have also ensured the implementation of our pledge of employing 50% of the persons who manage the country’s toll booths from amongst Persons with Disabilities. I apologise for any unintended slight from the “political metaphor”.

Source; topnewsghana.com/ P. K Fordjour

 

x

Check Also

ASWIM calls for commitment to women’s empowerment

The Association of Women in the Media,ASWIM, has asked stakeholders to show commitment to the laws and policies that empower women. The Association noted that there are countless laws passed, and policies in place with multiple campaigns to raise awareness on gender issues, but progress to achieve gender equality, seems ...