The Blacksmithing section of the Opportunity Training Center (OTC) for Polio victims located behind the Government Information Office along Maxwell Khobe Street in Kenema has been formerly opened to the public.
While addressing his audience at the opening ceremony Lt. Col. Donald Clark Commander of the Brigade Support Team (BST) of IMATT says the building was put up to encourage the disabled persons now known as the physically challenged persons so that they can carry out their daily activities safely and by so doing enhance their lives.
He explained that they have so many other projects that are going on in the country but this is the most successful one ever. He urged the beneficiaries to make proper use of the opportunity.
Lt. Col. Clark further disclosed that his father too was a disabled man and it does not mean that a disabled person cannot do anything beneficial to him/her self and the nation, stating that disability is not inability.
In his speech the Director of the Opportunity Training Center (OTC) for polio victim Mr. Eku Scotland thanked their donors the IMATT – particularly Lt. Col. Clark and Brigadier Powell for their humanitarian gesture. He promised that they would take proper care of the workshop.
The Director revealed that the construction of the building lasted for three months and three weeks. Mr. Scotland called on the city council to come to their aid so that they can improve the community.
When asked by the press how he feels about the offer he said that he too belongs to the community and that they all will contribute meaningfully to the development of the community. He said this would help to eradicate the negative concept about disability among the community people saying that disability is not the end of it all. Mr. Scotland also appealed to the government of Sierra Leone to compliment the effort of IMATT by providing basic tools, instruments and materials for the center. He urged all the parents to bring their disabled children to the center so that they too can be independent in future.
He commended the effort of Network Movement for Justice and Development (NMJD), World Food Programme (WFP) and German Technical Cooperation/Food Security and Reconciliation (GTZ/FSR) for providing them training materials, food for work respectively and therefore appealed to them to continue their good work towards them.
Mr. Scotland expressed his dissatisfaction and disappointment on behalf of the community people because the dignitaries that they invited in the city to grace their occasion did not turn up for their ceremony but thanked the press for attending the ceremony.