NCD Executive Director Vows to Transform PWDs Lives

By Washington Tumay Watson-

MONROVIA-The Executive Director of the National Commission on Disabilities, Dantonwon Domah Paybayee has reaffirmed her commitment to transforming the lives of Persons living With Disabilities (PWDs) across the country if given the needy support.

Madam Paybayee  was speaking Wednesday January 12,2022 when two Civil Society organizations-Patriotic  Consciousness Association of Liberia (PACA)  and   the Center for the Exchange of Intellectual opinions (CEIO)  pay homage   to her  for  the level  of transformation at  the NCD  with in the short period of time.

She said her interest for persons living with disabilities is to ensure that they are given the needed empowerment that will allow those person living with disability who are on the streets begging to leave such living condition.

“My interest is that the streets of Monrovia get empty, let people ask where are the persons with disabilities, where are they” she said.

She added,” Let people say today we went VAMUBA give them food and we did not see  them, we went  to broad street today we did not see  them passing, and we will tell them  that they are empowered.”

NCD boss said her vision for persons with disability is for them to have the needed capacity  through entrepreneurial, vocational skills within two to three years stressing  that when it happens she will be happy.

She expressed gratitude to President George Weah and other officials of government for the level of support given her administration as head of person living with disabilities.

The NCD head praised the Liberian Government for the entire affirmative actions but indicated that they with in that sector are now working towards the practical of those affirmative actions.

“The fact  that  the government saw us during  the July 26, what every  they gave us, we were able to present it to the people as it was given to us , each time  we knock at  their doors  they are willing  to open” she noted.

Madam Paybayee further disclosed that disability is not inability, adding that when they in that sector are empowered, they are capable of doing more.

According to her the inability of person living with disability is due to the lack of empowerment opportunities.

Madam Paybayee used the event to encourage parents to support their children who are living with disabilities by educating them through different means.

She told the gathering that the NCD is working with over 62 institutions of person living with disabilities with the objective to reach out to those in various communities across the country.

She extolled the two civil society organizations for bestowing such honor upon her based on the level of work they have observed her doing in that community of disabilities.

Giving  the overview  of the event,  the Secretary General  of  the  Center for the Exchange of Intellectual opinions (CEIO)  Dax Elliott  said  the vetting committee of the organization that vetted and recognized Madam Paybayee did due diligent  by observing   her working since taking over as head of the NDC and  the level of transformation  her leadership has instituted  something they said is making impact on the lives  of person living with disabilities across  the country.

He further said the honor was also intended to engorged her to do more and not to let the trust and confidence reposed in her by President George Weah  for  the transformation  of those in that sector.

Presenting the certificates  to Madam Paybayee  the two executives  from the civil society organizations in separate statements, E. Frederick Baye  Executive Chairman of   PACA and  Adolphus Weah National Executive Chairman of the  Center for the Exchange of Intellectual opinions urged Madam Paybayee  to keep up the good work  in making those with disabilities are respected due to their positive contributions to  the society for which over  the years  they as civil society have been advocating for.

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