“Disability Is Not Inability”-Says Bong County Disable President
The President of the Bong County Disabled Association (BOCDA), Madam Korto G. Kollie has vehemently called on local government and the National government not to take disables People as an inability in society.
According to the Bong County Disable boss, disability is not an inability, because it is only a portion of their body that is not functioning, adding ‘a disable person can do anything that a non-disable person can do.’
The BOCDA president who quoted Article four (4) of the United Nation Convention on the right of people with disabilities states that: ‘parties should undertake to ensure and promote the full realization of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all people with disabilities, without discrimination of any kind on the basis of disability.
This means that government officials, the private organization, CSOs and local authorities should ensure the participation of people with disabilities are involved in social, economic, political as well as developmental activities without discrimination,’ Madam Kollie explained.
She said over the past years they have been overlooked as disable people by both local and national government when it comes to development or decision marking in their various localities in the country.
The tough-talking Bong County disable President further called on government officials, politicians, counties authorities and organization to promote and ensure people with disabilities participate in every activities and program especially in the various counties in Liberia.
She is at the same time calling on politician, non- government organization and philanthropist organization to come to their aid, noting that most of her people wheelchairs have spoiled and they are finding it difficult to move around and they don’t have a fitting office space in the county which is giving them hard time in the county.
It can be recorded, some year back the former National Secretary General of the Young Man’s Christian Association (YMCA), Mr. Edward E. Gboe rented the BOCDA office space and donated to the group three (3) Sewing Machines to keep up the existence of the organization sustainability as it relates to skill training in tailoring in the disable setting in Bong County.
But the BOCDA office was broken down by Marvin J. Cole as Mayor under the pretends of giving Gbarnga a City stator in the County, without relocating members BOCDA.