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The Former Gender Minister and CEO for Henry Djaba Foundation, Hon. Otiko Afisah Djaba has landed heavily on the Traditional Leaders who still believed in the outmoded Customary Laws in their areas to put a stop to it now, because its hindering the Country’s development.

‘In Ghana, some communities or societies don’t tolerate Persons With Disability and this is cruel and discriminatory and we must speak against it’.

Hon Afisah Djaba stressed, that persons with Albinism are a group of people that some Ghanaians feel like rejecting in our communities as if they are not part of the human race. Meanwhile the Ghana Association of Persons With Disability are more than 5,000 and they are also important for the development of our country.

‘We can’t dump or drop human beings but rather we can drop the negative and harmful customs which are not helping us to move this country forward. Therefore I will urge the Chiefs to abolish all those old customary Laws and traditional practices that are harmful and help build our Country by changing attitudes, ‘ she noted.

Furthermore the MP for Krachi Nchumuru in the V/R who reps the Minority Leader in Parl’t , Hon. John Majisi also said, we have so many laws like UN Convention that Ghana has signed and it talks about the Protection of Rights of Persons With Disability including those with Albinism.

‘Parl’t has passed this law in 2006, Article 715 talks about it, but nobody is abiding by it. Again I have realised that many people don’t know that we have a law that protects the rights of the physically challenged people in the Country.’

The Constitution of Ghana states it clearly that, persons with disability have the right to stay or live at any place of their choice and convenience but many people abide more by the customs than Ghana’s Constitution and they are abusing the rights of such people in our Societies. The Constitution of Ghana is supreme.

Hon. Majisi finally said, it is the responsibility of all MMDCE’s to educate the general public about the rights of PWDs for them to have a sense of belonging, that they are also part of us. There were so many Dignitaries at the programme who represented the various institutions

They made these known today at Koforidua when the Ghana Association of Persons with Albinism (GAPA) organized its 1st National Stakeholders Forum On The Right of Persons With Albinism.

THEME: COMBATING CUSTOMARY BANISHMENT OF PERSONS WITH ALBINISM IN GHANA.

CREDIT: KOFORIDUA KOFI OBOH.

SOURCE: KINGDOM FM – KOFORIDUA.

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