Government to create database on vulnerable- President

President John Dramani MahamaPresident John Dramani Mahama on Monday announced that government would create a database of all the vulnerable and marginalised people.

The database, he said would provide government ample information to formulate policies and programmes that would enhance living standards. President Mahama announced this when he met vulnerable and marginalised organisations groups at the Flagstaff House, Kanda.

The visit of the group was in line with President Mahama’s recent meetings with organised groups to find out challenges that are impeding their progress in the society.

Some of the groups included; Federation of the Physically Disabled, Ghana Blind Union, Ghana National Association of Deaf, Mental Health Societies of Ghana, Ghana Federation of Albinism, Parents Association of Children with Disability and the Media concern on Disability.

President Mahama has so far met senior media personnel, civil society organisations and women groups.

He promised to develop rules and regulations that would help to protect the vulnerable in the society.

President Mahama gave the assurance that government would establish the National Council for the Aged to make pensioners and other oldies comfortable in the society.

He promised to expand protection programmes across the country to leverage the conditions of the most vulnerable people.

“Programmes such as the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty Programmes would be expanded to capture more vulnerable people in the society.”

The President promised to increase skills training programmes to engage more persons with disability in self employed programmes.

Ms Nancy Ansah, an advocate of Justice denounced stigma and discrimination against the vulnerable in the society adding.

“Access to justice from the security agencies in the country is woefully inadequate for the vulnerable groups,” she said.

She appealed for training programmes for the special schools to harness their potentials and serve the country in all capacities.

Mr Robert Sampana, a Deaf activist, called for the use of sign language as a national language to bridge the communication gap for the hearing impaired people. GNA

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