Parliament under the auspices of Speaker Professor Aaron Michael Ocquaye has hosted section of people living with disabilities made up of children with Cerebral Palsy conditions and the visually impaired.
The beneficiaries were made up of 30 cerebral palsy patients from the Save a Soul home and 20 visually impaired individuals.
The donation was done at a short ceremony last Friday at Parliament House that the Speaker expressed hope would become an established event in the future.
“I trust that in future what we have just started others would take it up and improve on it,” he said.
According to him, there are people in the Ghanaian society living in misfortune through no fault of theirs and the need to recognise and offer them support.
In his short address, Professor Ocquaye noted that Parliament, as the House of Representatives of the people is the best institution to demonstrate and show love to the less privileged in society.
He said, “Love can do anything and repair a lot. Which is the best institution to show love than Parliament, the house of representatives of the people?”
Parliament, he said, is a sanctuary and therefore opened to those who are challenged and need support and help.
Professor Ocquaye indicated that in addition to a sum of GH¢20,000.00 that Parliament as an institution is donating, the entire proceed from the Carols night event held last week, amounting to GH¢6,000.00 has been added to the donation.
He urged the beneficiaries to refer ideas they may have about improving their societies to the Public Affairs Department and stressed Parliament looks forward to these suggestions to improve its performance.
The beneficiaries also received assorted items including white canes for the visually impaired, toiletries, food items and many more.
The leadership of the House represented by Majority leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu and Deputy Minority Leader, James Klutse Avedzi, hailed the initiative and stressed the importance of reaching out to the underprivileged during the festive season.
They indicated that by the Christian belief those who suffer from afflictions need to be supported and Parliament’s gesture could not have come at a better time.
MP for Ledzokuku Constituency, Dr. Okoe Boye, explained that cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that affect muscle movement and coordination and in many cases vision, hearing and sensation are also affected.
According to him, the condition occurs when part of the brain of a baby gets damaged inside the womb and stressed that people with cerebral palsy conditions are inhibited in many ways.
He stressed, however, that contrary to cultural beliefs, those born with the condition are not spirit children and with special attention and care they can recover and live normal lives.
By Osumanu Al-Hassanfirstname.lastname@example.org