The Management of the National Lottery Authority or NLA has successfully completed phase one of its distribution of assorted food and nonfood items to several Physically Challenged, Charitable Organizations and Public Welfare Institutions in Montserrado, Grand Bassa and Margibi Counties as part of its festive season package.
NLA’s Management put the value of the phase one donation of a huge ration of assorted food and nonfood items this festive season at over Thirty Thousand United States Dollars (US$30.000).
Speaking at the start of the donation in Monrovia on Monday, National Lottery Authority (NLA) Board Chairman, Hon. T. Titus Charley conveyed the Authority’s Board of Directors, Management and Staff Christmas greetings and wished the Disabled Community Peaceful, Productive and Prosperous Happy New Year, 2019.
Hon. Charley, also Policy Analyst in the Office of the Vice President of the President of the Republic, Chief, Dr. Jewel Howard Taylor, prayed that God will continue to grant the President, H. E. Dr. George Manneh Weah, His Vice, Chief Dr. Jewel Howard Taylor, Cabinet Ministers, Parliamentarians, International Partners and those in POSITION OF TRUST the wisdom and knowledge to direct the affairs of the Country, especially through the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development.
He commended President George Manneh Weah for affording them the opportunity to ensure that they can address the needs of their people by identifying with them during this Christmas season.
The NLA Board Chair asserted that disadvantaged people in the country have been suffering over the years as the initiative which the Lottery Authority has embarked upon is very important in addressing some of those many challenges faced by them.
“We have the passion for this kind of thing, we ensure that those who are disadvantaged, those that are struggling and those that are ensuring that things are getting better, all of them, we want to say a big thank you for coming and we really appreciate your presence here today,” he said.
“On behalf of the board, we are very proud to be here to launch this important program, thank you so much for being here today and the program will cover eight counties instead of the three that were earlier earmarked,” he said.
Initially, three counties; including Montserrado, Margibi and Grand Bassa were earmarked for this festive season, but, Hon. Charley said the additional five Counties approval and the ration of assorted food and nonfood items stamp from the compelling needs to empower the physically challenged, Orphanages, Persons living with Multiple Disabilities and Destitute youths across the country.
This year’s charitable donation by the National Lottery Authority in the first three Counties included; 1,456 bags of 25KG Parboiled Rice, 167 3-gallon container of Vegetable Oil, 30 Cartoons of Vita Cube, 30 Bales of Used Clotting, 60 Cartoons of Medicare Bathing & Washing Soaps, 30 Cartoons of Cream of Wheat, 25 bags of sugar, 13 Cartoons of small & large milk, 24 bags of Onion amongst others.
Hon. Charley also said NLA’s gesture to Charitable, Organizations and Public Welfare Institutions is intended to supplement the Government of Liberia’s Pro-Poor agenda to support charitable and social services activities, such as Disabled, Public Welfare Institutions, Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organizations in the country.
The NLA’s Act Section 6.1 gives it the mandates to contribute, provide care and protection for the physically or mentally afflicted, needy, the aged, orphans and destitute children across the country.
To execute such mandates, the Authority reaches out to Physically Challenged, Charitable Organizations and Public Welfare Institutions during major holidays to donate food and non-food items in order to improve their standard of living.
For his part, NLA’s Director General, Hon. Martin S. Kollie said the Institution remains committed to its Social Cooperate Responsibilities and improving the gaming sector in Liberia.
Hon. Martin S. Kollie also stressed the important needs to place emphasis on persons living with Disabilities in the countries in order to reduce poverty.
We just got the approval this morning to extend the process to eight counties instead of three, and we are grateful for that exercise, so we are here to formally start this process, and so Mr. Chairman, this year launch will be done by you and it will be proceeded by the Deputy Director General for Operations who will cover the rest of the disabled institutions in those counties,” he said.
According to him, it is an honor to identify with the disabled community and those that will also benefit from the institution kind gesture during this festive season.
He assured the disabled community that the George Weah led-administration will do all it can in addressing the plights of people living with disabilities in the country as the President himself is in full support of their program.
During the entire donation process, NLA’s Deputy Director General for Operations, Hon. Neved P. Kortu said he is ensuring the assorted food and non-food items reach the designated charitable institutions.
Hon. Kortu, also Chairman of NLA Charitable Donation Committee, named Charitable Organizations and Public Welfare Institutions in Montserrado, Grand Bassa and Margibi Counties that benefited NLA phase one festive season packages as; the Group of 77, National Union of Organization of the Disabled, Schools of the Blind and Deaf, Christian Association of the Blind, Physically Disabled, National Commission on Disabilities Smile for the Disabled and National Amputee Association.
Others are; Antoinette Tubman Cheshire Home, African Youth Organization Network, Organization of Social Integration Liberian Deaf, Comfort Doe Disabled Center, Disabled Children Rehabilitation Organization, Liberia National Association of the Blind, Margibi and Grand Bassa Counties Disable Unions.
Hon. Kortu further disclosed this year’s package is just an initial start and there are master plans to increase support to the Disabled Community across the country beginning 2019.
Receiving the assortment of food and nonfood items, officials of the Antoinette Tubman Cheshire Home and other Disabled, Public Welfare Institutions, Physically Challenged Organizations and Destitute Youths thanked the Lottery Board of Directors and Management for always identifying with persons living with Multiple Disabilities in the country and called for increased support.
The beneficiaries who spoke in separate remarks also commended the National Lottery Authority for remembering them during this festive season and assured them that the items will be used for the intended purpose.
They, however, called on the NLA to help them with vehicles for them to transport the critically ill patients to the hospital; budgetary allotments to enable them to perform their duties, funds to construct a new school building and direct sponsorship for the institution among others.
It’s reported that phase two of the NLA’s Christmas donation to the underprivileged in the remaining Counties is expected to be held at the Lottery Office early next week where officials of the various organizations will gather to receive their institutions’ ration of assorted food and non-food items.