PWDs CALL FOR MORE FUNDING FROM GOV’T

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By Ronald Kabuye
Civil society organisations of uganda advocating for the rights of the disabled persons want government to put more emphasis on increasing their share in the national budget as opposed to reducing it as it was the case in recently read 2017/2018 national budget.
While addressing the media at their national offices in Ntinde, the executive director of National Union of Disabled Persons in Uganda NUDIPU Edson Ngirabakunza gave an example of the budget for special needs budget for education that was reduced from 1.8billion to 78 millions.
He also appealed to the Equal Opportunity’s Commission to expedite the development of the disability compact to use in assessing the policies and equity requirements and the ministry of Gender Labor and social development to review the youth livelihood program and Uganda Women’s Entrepreneurship program so that it develops specific guidelines to enhance participation of both disabled women and youths.
available statistics from the recently conducted census put the persons with disabilities at 12.4 percent but doesn’t specify the numbers that access the funds.
Available statistics still indicate that 40 percent of persons with disabilities are extremely poor.
It’s therefore against the above that Edson asserted that the reduction of their budget will grossly affect their accessibility to social services before  applauding government where it has fairly performed like in empowerment.

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