The National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) has taken the lead in the distribution of lockdown package to persons with disabilities (PWD) across the country.
According to the Deputy Commissioner of NaCSA, Isata Hannah Max-Kyne the government of Sierra Leone together with other line ministries with support from the World Bank decided to distribute food and other items to disabled persons across the country during the lockdown period.
Delivering greetings from His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio and the Commissioner of NaCSA, Abu Bockarie Kokofele to disabled persons of both Bo and Kenema Districts, Dr. Max-Kyne disclosed that each of them will be receiving the sum of Le250,000, a 25kg bag of rice, a piece of soap and Ten (10) veronica buckets to each section of the disabled communities.
Commissioner Max-Kyne maintained that government decided to extend this kind gesture to persons with disabilities knowing that they are the most vulnerable in times like this as their survival is on a hand to mouth basis.
She noted that she is covering the South and the East whiles the Commissioner, Abu Bockarie Kokofele is covering the Western Area and the North in order to ensure that every district is captured.
She disclosed that there is an ongoing project targeting persons with disabilities which will be introduced very soon and assured them that the project is already at its completion phase.
She affirmed that, the project when implemented will help in taking disabled persons out of the streets as it will create employment for them.
Resident Minister South, Mohamed K. Alie stated that the gesture is in line with the campaign promise of the President.
He added that the donation is just the starting of the manifestation of the promises made by His Excellency to persons with disabilities noting that as it is not normal times, the disabled should ensure that they manage what will be given to them.
He thanked the President, NaCSA, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Social Welfare and the World Bank for the gesture and pleaded with the disabled to stay home during the Three (3) days lockdown.
The Regional Coordinator for the National Commission of Persons with Disability (NCPD) Southern Region, John Conteh thanked NaCSA and the other ministries for the goodwill.
He noted that his worry and that of the disabled persons has been allayed as the donation will help in cushioning the food challenge of the disabled during the period.
In his talk, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Social Welfare, Alfred Lahai stated that government cannot provide everything that is need by the disabled adding that the basic like rice which has been provided by government means a lot.
He affirmed that the distribution is being done based on a list of names which has been captured in order to ensure transparency.
He thanked government for the initiative and the disabled persons for the patience they have exercise in waiting for the distribution.