The Informer (Monrovia)

27 February 2013

Liberia: NCD Boss Wants More Disable Representation in Govt

The Executive Director of the National Commission On Disability (NCD), Madam Ricardia B. Dennis, is calling on President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to do away with a specific number of persons with disability in government ministries and Agency.

Speaking yesterday at the NCD's head office in Sinkor, the Executive Director said, that if the President trusts them, she should not be talking about a minimum number of persons with disability, but should allow them to work based on their qualifications.

Speaking at a cabinet retreat recently at the Baptist Seminary outside Monrovia, she stressed on the need for persons with disability to be included in ever government ministry and agency. The President made emphasis on financial areas, adding that if persons with disability are found in that area, they can bring transparency to the country.

According to the Executive Director, the Act that created the Commission said 4% of persons with disability should be employed in government ministries and agency.

"I thank the President's decision is in the right direction," she added. But there should be no specified number to be a target because; there are many qualified and capable people with disabilities, especially when it comes to the managing of funds.

At the same time, Madam Dennis is calling on the Ministry of Education to accept persons with disabilities to be included in the Kakata Rural Teachers Training Institute (KRTTI).

According to her, the Ministry continuously refuses students with disabilities y." The government cannot be taking about bringing people with disabilities on broad, then certain people and institutions keep carry on discrimination, she concluded.

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