The disabled Community, comprising the deaf, blind and other categories of vulnerable groups, is calling on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai, Sr., to reconstitute the leadership of the National Commission on Disability (NCD).
The group recently issued a statement signed by Thompson Wialison, chair of the Steering Committee of the National Union of Organizations for the Disabled (NUOD). Mr. Wialison is himself physically challenged.
In their statement, the NUOD commended President Sirleaf and Veep Boakai for the generous Season’s gifts presented to them, but said the greatest gift they desire for now is the appointment or reconstitution of the three new directors at the NCD.
“The Disabled Community wishes to remind President Sirleaf that on June 4 last year, the Civil Service Agency (CSA) conducted an interview for the three positions at the NCD— the executive director, deputy for administration, and deputy director for technical services. [Several qualified] disabled were interviewed and subsequently forwarded by the CSA to the office of the V.P. for onward submission to the office of the President for official appointment.
“Since the process started,” the NUOD noted, “there have been some “unfortunate” delays among the bureaucrats regarding the submission of the names to the office of the President for appointment of the three new NDC directors.
The disabled group is reminding the office of the V.P. to speedily submit the names to the office of the President so that [appropriate action] relative to the appointment of the three new NCD directors would be taken. This said NUOD, will enhance “the future growth and development of Liberians living with disabilities.”
The Disabled Community has further congratulated President Sirleaf and Veep Boakai for their numerous official lobbying initiatives with the international community for assistance to enhance their welfare, especially in the fight against the Ebola virus disease (EVD) that has plagued the country since March last year.