The Coordinator for the Opportunity Training Centre (OTC) in Kenema City Eku Scotland has said that there is ability in disability and accused government of neglecting the disabled.
He was delivering his address at the Vocational Training Centre for the blind in Kenema during the presentation ceremony of a wheel chair to the centre by Hon. Mathew Sahr Nyuma Member of Parliament for constituency 09 in Kenema District recently. Mr. Scotland lamented that people can take their cars and other luxuries for maintenance when the need arises noting they lack the culture of taking care of their children when they become disabled. “People want children to take care of them at their old age but abandon their disabled children in the society which is unfortunate”, Scotland said.
Eku Scotland said the disabled in Sierra Leone have been neglected by past and present governments which are responsible for the suffering they are encountering in their communities in search of their daily survival.
He called on the government and development agencies operating in the country to help them maintain their integrity and help them to contribute to national development. Mr. Scotland further accused the government and some NGOs of paying more attention to gender equality in particular neglecting their plight despite their vulnerable status. He called on government to enact the Disabled Bill in order to guarantee and protect the right of the disabled in Sierra Leone.
The Coordinator encouraged the disabled persons in the country to come forward and stand up for their rights to restore their dignity through capacity building to put them on equal scale with others.
The OTC boss thanked Thomas Alieu of the Centre for the educational blind in Freetown for his effort in promoting the image of the disabled people in and out of the country.
Eku Scotland praised Hon. Mathew Sahr Nyuma for his contribution and support to the disabled people in Kenema District and urged other Sierra Leoneans to emulate the good example already set by the young Honourable whom he described as development oriented and a true patriot of the soil.
By Saffa Moriba