By Washington Tumay Watson- email@example.com
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.