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AGI ADVISES INDUSTRY PLAYERS TO CONSIDER PERSONS WITH DISABILITY IN THEIR CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY PROGRAMME

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The Association of Ghana Industry (AGI) is lamenting how various corporate social responsibility activities of corporate entities are not disability responsive and inclusive. This concern was expressed by the Western Regional Manager of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), Albert Ababio in an exclusive interview with Empire News.

The Regional AGI officer buttressed his assertion by exposing the lack of disability inclusiveness of various scholarships and educational corporate social responsibility initiatives by various corporate entities in recent times. He implored corporate entities to target persons with disability in their social investment programs to help minimize the stigmatization of persons with disability by the public.

The Regional AGI manager conceded that the AGI itself has not undertaken any major policy advocacy on disability in the last 3years though the association is gender and disability responsive in its initiatives.

The Disability Act 715, 2006 is targeted at protecting the rights of persons with disability to ensure inclusive development however in spite of its promulgation and a 10year moratorium, most public buildings still remain disability exclusive and despite tax rebates for corporate entities that employ persons with disability , most companies are reluctant to employ such persons who are qualified.

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