We were not satisfied with number of PWDs receiving stipends but…NPC

General Secretary of the National Paralympic Committee Ghana, Mr. Peter Adjei has disclosed on Rainbow Sports they presented a proposal for a list of 200 persons with disabilities in sports in the country to be given stipend but only 100 was approved.

Speaking in an interview with Isaac Worlanyo Wallace, Mr. Adjei said they presented a proposal since the outbreak of the pandemic to the Presidency, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the National Sports Authority (NSA) in search of assistance for disabled athletes.

He was reacting to the decision by the government to give 1,000 elite sportsmen and women GHc500 monthly stipend for six months following the outbreak of the virus.

According to him, they would be extremely glad if all the numbers they presented benefitted but stressed they are grateful for the support.

He explained the call and proposal became necessary following the plight of the disabled athletes most of who are unemployed and relied on their sporting activities.

He said ”we were not entirely satisfied with the 100. We appealed and even asked them to increase the number to 150 but it was reduced to 100. The proposal we signed for 200 but it was reduced to 100. We hope to make good use of the opportunity and hope the number will increase”.

The National Sports Authority (NSA) entered into an agreement with the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) that will provide monthly stipend (allowances) to One Thousand (1,000) elite sportsmen and women pooled from various Sporting Associations and Federations including GFA (Women Premier Clubs), Athletics, Boxing, Cycling etc in this era of COVID-19 pandemic.

This forms part of Government’s stimulus package being initiated by the Ministry of Youth and Sports under the leadership of the Sector Minister, Hon Isaac Asiamah (MP).

Chief Executive Officer of the YEA, Justin Kodua, who was speaking at the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing in Accra last Wednesday, noted that the package would support abled and disabled athletes who have been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The YEA has been reviewing our module which is to facilitate jobs for the youth of this country in this COVID-19 season. One avenue that has been hit hard is the sports fraternity.

“As an agency mandated to provide job opportunities for the youth, we decided to support these athletes, who are not getting anything in this period,” he said.

By: Rashid Obodai Provencal

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