Liberia’s Minister of Finance and Development Planning Samuel Tweah addresses program in observance of World White Cane Day today, Monday, 15 October.Information released by this year’s anniversary committee says the event will be held at the Monrovia City Hall in Sinkor.
The committee notes that Minister Tweah is expected to speak on the allotment contained in the National Budget for people living with disabilities, including members of the Christian Association of the Blind or CAB, what government is doing to enable visually impaired people gain easy access to public schools, structures, and health care facilities, among others.
The information further quotes the organization as saying other high profile government officials and international partners will also grace the ceremony, which will be characterized by a parade of CAB members and affiliate organizations from Broad Street to the Monrovia City Hall in Sinkor.
World White Cane Day is celebrated worldwide every year in recognition of the valuable contributions made by blind people and international partners in highlighting the plight of the blind and their families.
There are many problems facing blind people in Liberia, including lack of shelters, food, access to health care, public buildings and transportation, loans or grants opportunities, among others.Meanwhile, CAB President Beyan Kota is calling on the membership of the association to turn out in full for the parade and indoor program.Mr. Kota also calls on friends of CAB to join them in celebrating the day, including partners.
By Emmanuel Mondaye–Editing by Jonathan Browne