Master Isaac Yeboah Afari , Secretary for the Brong Ahafo Regional chapter of the Ghana Union for the Blind (GUB), has called on government to implement measures which can lead to the reduction in the cost of Braille machines in the country.
He attributed the high prices to the many taxes placed on the importation of goods into the country by government.
According to Mr. Afari, the situation if not checked will affect the development of education of blind persons.
Master Yeboah Afari, in an interview with Kwabena Obeng Akorfi, host of Ark In the Morning, on Friday, 4 January 2019, as the world celebrated “World Braille day”.
The falls on January 4 every year which is the birthday of Louis Braille, the inventor of the Braille machine, born in 1809.
He further suggested to government to consider absorbing part of the cost in purchasing the Braille machine, adding that this will help alleviate the hustle members of the group go through before purchasing them.
“The cost ranges from GHC6.000 to GHC7.500 depending on the quality, which is very expensive for us” he added.
Master Afari also complained about the way the current government is handling the disbursement of the 3% disability fund from the District Assembly Common Fund, (DACF).
“Government has failed in that aspect. Some of the Metropolitan Muninicipal and District Assemblies (MMDCA’s) in the country do not consult us before purchasing the items for us. So when they involve us in taking decisions on how to go about with the 3% DACF this will help curb cases where PWD’s lament over items given to them by the MMDA’s” he stressed.
He indicated that the blind organization needs empathy and not sympathy as some people look down upon them in diverse ways.
He is appealing to government to put conscious efforts in place to take away blind people from the streets.
By: Ama Konadu/myarkfmonline.com