Updated: Jul 25, 2020
Some one thousand disabled male entrepreneurs across the country have received from government, a total of Two Million Ghana Cedis (GHC 2,000,000.00), partly as grants and loans to boost their businesses as part of government’s programme to empower entrepreneurs living with disabilities.
Addressing beneficiaries and attendees of the Presidential Empowerment for Male Entrepreneurs (PEMED) presentation ceremony at the Jubilee House, President Akufo-Addo said the monies advanced to the persons with disabilities in the four categories, barbers, shoemakers, tailors & designers and trade & commerce, are 50% grant and 50% interest-free loans that are payable after two year. PEMED is an initiative of the Ministry of Business Development, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, as well as the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program (NEIP).
President Akufo-Addo charged the beneficiaries to ensure that they use the financial resources given them to work hard, create jobs and to make Ghana proud.
"It is expected that you will be guided by the structured training you have undergone to enable you scale up your businesses and create job opportunities for people. I charge all of you to go out there and make us proud," President Akufo-Addo stated.
*Executive Director of GFD*
In her remarks, Rita Kusi Kyeremaa, the Executive Director of Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations (GFD), registered the federation's appreciation to government for the PEMED initiative. She requested that the programme be extended to several other groups of persons living with disabilities in the country.
"We respectfully appeal that more person with disabilities be considered to benefit from this great initiative. Your excellency, we cannot thank you enough for your continued support for persons with disabilities," Rita Kusi Kyeremaa said.
The Minister for Business Development, Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, and the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Cynthia Morrison, both addressed the gathering. They both urged the recepients to invest their portion of the money advanced to them solely into their business.
Dominic Ametepke, received ten thousand Ghana cedis (GHC 10,000.00), in the barbering category. Peter Abekedenu, a shoemaker, received fifteen thousand Ghana cedis (GHC 15,000.00). Benjamin Hammond, a tailor and designer, received twenty five thousand Ghana Cedis (GHC 25,000.00) and Kofi Peprah, received fifty thousand Ghana Cedis in the trade and commerce category.
Two of the beneficiaries, Joseph Mensah, and Robert Benasco Pobi, on behalf of all their colleague recepients registered their appreciation to the President and to his government for supporting their means of livelihood in the midst of the country's battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Disabled persons have limited access to finance and employment opportunities. The Presidential Empowerment for Male Entrepreneurs with Disability (PEMED) is an initiative by government to enhance the entrepreneurial capacity of men to enable them to contribute to economic development. Through this initiative (PEMED), male entrepreneurs with disabilities would not only contribute to job creation but would also support efforts at creating wealth and improving livelihoods.