Vice President Boakai Speaks On White Cane Safety Day, Says: Government of Liberia Remains Committed to Meeting the Needs of the Blind

Monday, 15th October 2012

Monrovia, Liberia - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has encouraged the visually impaired community in Liberia to remain focused as Government was doing everything within its powers to address the needs of the blind in Country.

He said the introduction of specialized education for the visually impaired was of paramount concern to the Government of Liberia. He made the remarks Monday when he served as guest of honour at programs marking the celebration of World White Cane Safety Day at the Monrovia City Hall.

A release from the Office of the Vice President quotes him as saying that as people who are disadvantaged, there was need for unity and cohesion in order to be in a stronger position to advocate. The Vice President stressed the need for a conference in the near future that will develop policies and programs to address the needs of the blind in the Country.

He recounted his visit to Watertown, Massachusetts, the USA where he visited the Perkins School of the Blind earlier this year to explore possible areas of cooperation between the Government of Liberia and that Institution. Vice President Boakai thanked the organizers of this yearís White Cane Safety Day, the Greater Lionsí Club of Monrovia.

The Perkins School of the blind is the Alma Mater of Helen Keller and is over a hundred years old, and one of the best specialized schools for the blind in the United States.
The World White Cane Safety Day was celebrated here with appropriate programs and a parade through principal streets.