Dr Clement Apaak, Chairman of the disability caucus in Parliament, has said the caucus is working to officially formalise and even make it a committee.
The disability caucus is a voluntary group made up of parliamentarians interested in championing the cause of persons with disabilities in Ghana.
Dr Apaak who is also the member of Parliament for Builsa South, said the formalisation of the caucus was in progress, “we intend to meet with the Speaker of Parliament soon and afterwards introduce the caucus to the clerk.”
He said this when members of the Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations (GFD), together with some officials of Sight Savers and Ghana Somubi
Dwumadie, visited Parliament to discuss progress of work with regards to the formalisation of the caucus.
There are currently 22 members of Parliament who have signed up to be members of the disability caucus, and the number is likely to grow, he said.
“We are committed to this because we believe that issues of disability need to be mainstreamed,” Dr Apaak said.
Mr Andrew Asiamah Amoako, Deputy Speaker of Parliament, and Member of Parliament for Fomena, said the needs of persons with disabilities must be prioritised.
He pledged his support to the cause of persons with disabilities, saying, “We will not let you down.”
Mr Alexander Bankole Williams, Advocacy Committee Chairman of the GFD, urged the members of Parliament to ensure that the Speaker received formal communication on the formalisation of the disability caucus