Include the disabled in state-run management
Members of the disabled community in Sierra Leone have always cried for their inclusion in state run management even though their education requirement threshold is minimal. The situation is that many affected disabled persons were either being discriminated or flattered by society even though few are well educated.
The disabled or physically impaired are also Sierra Leoneans and they can contribute to nation building in their own little ways if given the opportunity and encouragement as they are inevitably part of our society. In this regard discriminating against them is considered as callous and irrational.
Today, we are seeing legal luminaries, broadcasters, footballers, artists, and business people, to name a few, that are disabled but contribute enormously to the development process of this country, while youths that are physically fit resort into criminal enterprises and violent nature to eke out their living. What a contrast!
In industrialized nations, the disabled are mostly seen working in factories where they display their innovative talents on products that are universally accepted. Today the Milton Margai School for the Blind, Deaf and Dumb are malefactors in the re-branding process of the country and are having a lot to offer.
This supposition goes a long way to support the phraseology of disability is not inability. If we can suffice the fact that they can contribute to the socio-economic transformation of the country that is by participating in all processes we call democratic, then it’s high time the country gave them their deserving rights and facilities to thrive on well in their daily encounter with life. Often as the case is disable persons are being scorned at, humiliated in public places and denied access on public buildings.
They are political materials but it should not stop there, they should also be seen as priority materials in terms of strengthening their capacities and social well-beings.
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