The Works and Housing Minister, Hon. Francis Asenso-Boakye (MP) has called on Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to be mindful of their respective mandate to ensure that permit applications for new buildings in their area of jurisdictions are thoroughly scrutinized to ensure compliance with the laws on accessibility to public buildings as required by Persons with Disability Act, 2006.

Sections of the Disability Act, 2006 (Act 715), specifically in Article 6 (Access to public places) require owners or occupiers of a public place to provide appropriate facilities that make the place accessible to and available for use by persons with disability. The Act further stipulates that a person who provides service to the public shall put in place the necessary facilities that make the service available and accessible to a person with disability.

These sections of the Disability Act, has since been incorporated into the Ministry of Works and Housing’s Building Regulations (L.I 2465) which among other things, enjoin professionals in the built industry to have inclusiveness in all housing designs to adequately address the needs of the disabled and the aged.

Speaking on the floor of Parliament on the concerns of Persons with Disability in relations to the Ghana Accessibility Standard, Hon. Asenso-Boakye said despite the need for more compliance with the laws, many owners and occupiers of public buildings have made efforts to ensure inclusivity with provision of disability-friendly facilities such as lifts, access ramps, hand rails.

“Some buildings in the Ministries enclave, such as the Ministry of Works and Housing, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Gender and Social protection, Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, Accra International Conference Centre, National Theatre”. The Minister noted.

Hon. Asenso-Boakye therefore assured that the Ministry of Works and Housing will continue to collaborate and work with the MMDAs and other key stakeholders to ensure that public buildings comply strictly with the Ghana Accessibility Standards.

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