Former President John Dramani Mahama has admonished the people of Ghana to give equal opportunities to People with Disabilities (PWDs) instead of sympathy.
Speaking at the launch of the CEM Ability Village in Ningo, a charity project focusing on the empowerment of PWD to live more dignified lives in the society, former President Mahama said PWDs did not need sympathy of the society but rather want equal opportunities.
He said such persons wanted to be recognised and urged the society to end all forms of discrimination against them.
He gave examples like the software engineer Farida Bedwei, who has proven that given the opportunity, PwDs can even do better than many people who were with no disability.
Former President Mahama joined Rev. Steve Mensah and his Charismatic Evangelistic Ministry yesterday to launch the Charity project.
Mr Mahama said Ghana had many legislations intended to help protect and improve the lives of PwDs but enforcement had not been effective.
He had since promised to focus his attention on PwDs as leader of the National Democratic Congress.
The proposed 2,000 acre CEM Ability Village will be a purpose-built community for PwDs in Ningo, here in the Greater Accra Region, where PwDs will enjoy full and equal rights, be included and play active roles in society.