The National Union of Organization for the Disabled (UNOD) in partnership with ALFO-Liberia has concluded a daylong assembly with the disabled community in Bong County.
The one-day gathering which was held over the Weekend at the Estella hotel in the civil compound, Gbarnga brought together the Religious leaders, the Media, Civil society organizations, the Group of 77, different disabled people organizations, County authorities amongst others with over fifty (50) participants.
Speaking at the opening of the ceremony, Bong county Acting Superintendent Anthony Boakai Sheriff cautioned participants and observers to be focus and acquire the knowledge afforded them by the organizers of the workshop in order to understand who is referee to as disabled and who’s not disabled in the society.
Superintendent Sheriff said people living with disability in Liberia have rights to live, rights to health, rights to education, rights to inclusion and as such there is a need for the government of Liberia through the Ministry of Education establish schools across the Country and provide free health care services for living with a disability.
He said stated that national government is to also support the physical challenge with technical skill in the area of agriculture for the production of different variety of vegetables including the Country stable food, Rice.
The Bong County Acting Superintendent further assured the disabled community his fullest collaborations with the institution and other humanitarian organizations in the achievability of the welfare of people living with disabilities.
Giving the purpose of the workshop, The National Union of Organization for the Disabled (UNOD) second Vice President, Daniel N. O. Dagbe said the event is intended to brightening and strengthen the relationships that assist between their different institutions whether human right, the media, CSOs, CBOs, we can stand up for the right of the disabled.
Vice President Dagbe also stated that disabled people themselves are to keep doing something that will better their livelihood and not to always depend on government and other people for or begging for survivability in society.
Mr. Dagbe also used the medium to called on the physical challenge not to stay away from any elections process in Liberia, maintaining that staying away from elections will not solve the numerous of challenges being faced by disabled people across the country.
Also speaking, the Civil society Council of Liberia Bong County Chairperson, Marline Jarwoe said there is a special need for government to include professional, qualify and skillful disabled people across the country in her government in order to have easy access to quality educations, health amongst others as people of Liberia.
“We can only succeed as people of the disabled community if we constructively engage national government for our rights, welfare opportunity for employment and livelihood under just and humane condition towards promoting safety for those of us living with a disability,” Madam Jarwoe adds.
The Bong county Civil society boss also told participants of the occasion to get away from begging and take on initiatives that will better their lives.
Some of the participants of who spoke to our reporter expressed gladness to the organizers and sponsors of the workshop and promised to take the message back to their various districts and institutions for the upliftment of the physical challenge.
Praise Mulbah of the Group of 77 appealed to government and humanitarian organization to have a disabled friendly environment such as public or private facilities where people living with these conditions can move freely without discrimination.
“Our voices need to be heard in every decision-making process of this country no matter our condition in life,” Mulbah added.
“No one person in this hall will love to be in the condition that we are in today, it’s not my fault or yours only the almighty know the reason why we are like this,” James Kermue one of the participants stated.
The workshop was held under the theme: ‘promoting human right base approach to disability in Liberia.”