Ghana Gas Company CEO Dr. Ben Asante yesterday donated 200 wheelchairs to former Minister of Gender and Social Protection Otiko Djaba, currently Managing Director of Henry Djaba Foundation.
The Henry Djaba Foundation, named after the father of Madam Otiko Djaba, focuses on empowering persons with disabilities in our society who are mostly neglected, but who according to Otiko are looking more for opportunities than handouts.
And in the opportunities department, Ghana Gas has been receptive. The company has gone beyond donating to persons with disabilities and has employed one person with disability who is currently contributing to the company’s success.
At a short ceremony on the premises of the Henry Djaba Foundation in the Abelemkpe suburb of Accra, Dr. Asante said presentations such as these are some of the most rewarding aspects of his outfit’s corporate social responsibility program.
Receiving the donation on behalf of the foundation, Otiko Djaba profoundly thanked the Ghana Gas boss and encouraged other heads of agencies both public and private to consider persons with disabilities when deciding where to spend their organization’s corporate social responsibility budget.
Pointing to her organization’s mantra that “Disability is not Inability,” Otiko gave examples of several persons with disabilities from musicians, typists, and other professionals who are just as productive as everyone.
“If every one of the 118 agencies, for example, employed one person with disability, that would be 118 persons who can wake up and go to work just like any of us,” Otiko pointed out. By extension one can only imagine if every company employed at least one person with disability.
The ceremony also featured a turnaround presentation of those wheelchairs and walking aids to persons who had previously applied for them. The rest were scheduled to be given out after the ceremony.
DNT News, Accra.