LIBERIA: Members of Disable Commission Smoke Peace Pipe

Following recent protest by members of the ‘War Affected Disabilities,’ a constituent member of the National Commission on Disabilities (NCD), peace has now returned to the group with all members vowing continuing cordial working relationship.

The group (War Affected Disabilities) recently staged a peaceful protest against the leadership to express their own dissatisfaction over the manner and form the empowerment project is being allotted to members.

It can be recalled that NCD in late July launched an empowerment project for people living with disabilities in the country. The US$250,000.00 Government of Liberia (GoL) sponsored project, primarily seeks to help members of the group who have medical issues, provide education for those who need it and as well as funding for others who are interested in making business.

But the war group affected felt marginalized in the process and so they decided to take the leadership to task.

However, following some consultations, all sides have now smoked the peace pipe and will now work together for the growth and development of the institution.

Speaking at a news conference Tuesday at the NCD headquarters in Congo Town, on the outskirt of Monrovia, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the War Affected Disabilities, Mr. Alphanso K. Nyanatee, explained that they are now set to work with the leadership in the interest of all members.

“We have resolved our issues and have decided to work in the interest of our people. We believe that we can make impact when we work together,” he asserted.

Like Nyanatee, Mr. Oliver C. Carlon, head of operations and Mr. James B. Smith, Director of the group, vowed to support the work of the NCD leadership in a bid to achieve the tangibles for the organizations (NCD).

“Tongue and teeth can fuss, but the bottom line is that they must come to a common ground to move forward, and this is what we have done. From today, we decided to bury our differences and we work hard hand in hand for the betterment of our organization,” noted Mr. Smith.

In remarks, the Executive Director of NCD, Madam Daintowon DomahPaye-Bayee, with open arms, also pledged her leadership’s willingness to work with all 70 member organizations including the war affected group.

With the project being implemented in Montserrado County, the NCD head named Nimba, Grand Bassa, Margibi and Gbarpolu Counties as the next destinations that the project will reach.

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