Ivor Greenstreet, Ghana’s only presidential candidate, who is wheelchair-bound, has taken a swipe at the contractors who built the seat of government – the Flagstaff House.
He said the plush edifice is not disability friendly because no one ever believes someone in a wheelchair will ever be president one day in Ghana.
“Unfortunately, the Flagstaff House – the highest office of the land – in the construction of that mighty building has no ramp,” Greenstreet pointed out during his turn at the IEA Evening Encounters with Presidential Candidates.
“Those who constructed it never thought for a second that one day the president of Ghana will be in a wheelchair… for those doubting Thomases who for a moment do not believe it is going to happen, let me tell them that they should be rest assured that the ways of man are not the ways of God,” Greenstreet optimistically opined.
The CPP flagbearer promised that persons with disability will be given “the best treatment” under his administration.
“We are all disabled in so many ways… let’s re-orient our whole mind-set on disability. We will make sure the Disability Act – the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – will be fully implemented with the speed of light. We shall go further to ensure that their education, health and transportation are free. And that public and private employers be legislated to employ not less than 5% of their workforce as persons with disability,” Greenstreet promised.
He described Ghana as a nation in “crisis” as a result of the alarming unemployment figures among the youth.
The flagbearer argued the various policies being implemented by the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) are only worsening the issues, and there must be a great deal of effort to arrest the national crisis.