The Northern Regional Association of the Deaf (NRAD), a regional branch of the Ghana National Association of the Deaf (GNAD) is appealing to the general public, `religion leaders and so on not to give money to Deaf beggars who use fake envelops to solicit for funds on streets, churches, mosques and workplaces, in commercial buses and others in the name of organizations, individuals and companies.
Such Deaf beggars are either non-Muslims or non-Christians, but they act as Muslims or Christians whenever they go about their daily business with these fake papers in the name of the associations, clubs, shops and others. They solicit for enormous sums of money from mosques especially jummah and churches on Sunday, companies and individuals.
Although the envelops they carry outline some of their plans such as setting up of hair dressing salons, purchase of working tools and learning a trade, the monies collected are never used for the intention purpose. Rather they spend the monies on alcohol drinks and some immoral behaviors.
The regional branch wishes to state that GNAD and its regional and district branches has never authorized any Deaf person to go about soliciting for funds on streets, mosques and or in buses nor does the association encourage such behavours.
The association is keen in ensuring that deaf people everywhere in the country engage in dignified labour through continuous advocacy for access to employment, rehabilitation services, training in vocational trainings.
It is evident that these unscrupulous individuals do not come from the Northern Region in particular nor Ghana in general.
Rather they are foreigners from neighbor countries like Nigeria, Cote d’ Ivoire, Burkina Faso etc who parade themselves like deaf people from Northern Region.
The northern region branch had earlier on wrote to law enforcement agencies like the Ghana Police Service (GPS) to arrest and prosecute such beggars who create public nuisances with these fake envelops.
President of the GNAD-Northern Regional branch Mr. Sumani Bapio Iibrahim is therefore appealing to the Ghana Police Service (GPS) to use beggars and destitute ACT – 1969 (NLCD 392) Section – 2 – Begging to be an Offence (1), (2) and (3) to arrest Deaf who beg for alms on streets and other workplaces.
The GNAD is umbrella organization of Deaf people in Ghana and has branches in all Regions NRAR is one of them.
The aims of the NRAD include advocacy for improved access to education, health, employment, information and socio-political participation.
The regional branch represents the voices of deaf people in all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the Northern, North East and Savannah Regions.
Although GNAD regional branches are at times constraint with inadequate resources to meet the needs of the general public, the association remains resolved to achieve its core mandate.
We call on organizations and institutions into livelihood programmes to partner and collaborate with the association in order to improve access to gainful employment for deaf adults, access to formal education for deaf children and vocational/technical training for adolescents.
The association believes that its when organizations partners with the association that projects targeting empowerment of the deaf community can become more successful.