The Executive Director of the National Commission on Disabilities (NCD) Fallah Boima has called on government to make provision for persons with disabilities and support them in areas they need help.
Boima made the called on Monday, April 19, at the start of a two-day validation workshop of the National Action Plan (NAP) for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the country.
NCD leadership organized the event with funding from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
Mr. Boima said if physically-challenged individuals are given the needed attention, some of them would represent the country in their area of assignment, “because some of them are capable and prepared to achieve given goals.”
He added: “To our government, we appreciate you and believe that you will continue to support us through the pro-poor agenda for persons living with disabilities.”
Boima believes that government assistance to disabled persons would help them to overcome some of their obstacles by reaching the highest point of their careers, to ascend to places of prominence in society.
He therefore wants NAP to fund part of the government’s pro-poor agenda that will improve the lives of people with disabilities.
“We are happy today for all persons with disabilities in Liberia to have come to this validation, sponsored by UNDP because in time immemorial, we have been asking them for assistance,” Boima said.
James Monibah, UNDP Team Leader for Governance and Public Institution Pillar who spoke on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, said the idea is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity.
Monibah said persons with disabilities often face challenges to participate in activities of daily life.
He said many of the difficulties stemmed from the way society is organized, and a limited awareness of exclusionary practices.
The NAP’s aim is to support the country in the realization of its goal to improve the lives of people living with disabilities, to align goals and affirm its commitment to the UN Convention on the rights of persons living with disabilities.