The chairman for Disability Resource Centre in the Northern Region, Mohammed Seidu Chantima, has lauded President Nana Akufo-Addo for nominating Makubu Joshua, a physically challenged person, as the Minister-designate for the Oti Region.
According to him, this is the second time a person with disability is appointed as a minister in the country. He mentioned Dr Henry Seidu Danaa, a visually impaired; who served as Minister for Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs under former President John Dramani Mahama.
He indicated that the inclusion of persons with disability at all levels of governance is in the right direction because it will impact the PWDs community in the country.
Speaking to Diamond News, Seidu Chantima, opined that the PWDs still look up to the president to appoint more of their members particularly women with disability into other sectors of governance.
“We are happy about the nomination of Makubu because we don’t doubt his competence, I think the president has made the right choice and he will deliver and the people of Oti region will not regret, because I have worked with him and I know he will not disappoint the president.
“We still look up to the president to add many of us to his government to see what we have or what we can deliver. It is not the matter of try and error, we are full of knowledge, experience, capabilities and so on, and so I think government will not regret when it gives us the opportunity, I also believe Joshua Makubu will confirm the capacity and capability of persons with disability, ”he stated.
When approved by Parliament, Joshua Makubu will be the second person with disability to be appointed as a minister.
He will take over from his predecessor, Nana Kwasi Owusu-Yeboah, the first Minister for the Oti Region, which was carved out of the Volta Region.
It is among six new regions created in December 2018 in fulfillment of a campaign promise by the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Story By: Alhassan Yakubu