Handicapped and Disabled Enjoy Presidential Gesture

Thursday, 2nd August 2007
Assistant Chief of Staff for Logistics, Mr. Varney Sirleaf presents rice and cartons of fish to disabled on President's behalf.
Assistant Chief of Staff for Logistics, Mr. Varney Sirleaf presents rice and cartons of fish to disabled on President's behalf.
Photo Credit: Adama B. Thompson/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has identified with members of the Group of í77 under the banner of the Concerned Group of Handicapped & Disabled, with the presentation on Thursday of 15 bags of rice, and several cartoons of fish. Making the presentation on behalf of the President, at the Gurley Street South Beach Residence of the Group, Assistant Chief of Office Staff for Logistics at the Executive Mansion Mr. Varney Sirleaf, said the donation was a manifestation of the Liberian leaderís concern for the welfare of every Liberian, including the Disabled.

An Executive Mansion release quotes Mr. Sirleaf as saying that the Presidentís donation was intended for the July 26 celebrations, but had to be deferred due to the Presidentís busy schedule surrounding the celebration. Mr. Sirleaf expressed the hope that though the official celebrations of July 26 have ended, the Disabled would still find the consignment of food items useful.

Receiving the consignment, the head of the Concerned Group of Handicapped & Disabled, Mr. G. Peterson Zehdee, expressed heartfelt thanks and appreciation on behalf of his members for the kind gesture and lauded the Liberian leader for the donation.

Mr. Zehdee observed that, though still members of the Group of 77, he would ensure that all members of the Concerned Group of Handicapped & Disabled, put at 53, benefits from the Presidentís kind gesture.

The Group, soon expected to be relocated from its Gurley Street South Beach residence, is appealing to the President for assistance in transportation during relocation. The relocation is part of an exercise by government to clear a number of areas in Monrovia and its environs of illegal structures.

In a related development, the President has welcomed a decision by the US-based National Baptist Convention to reopen the Suehn Industrial Academy in Bomi County. The President described the Mission as the educational citadel in Bomi County and said it was heartbreaking to see it in ruins.

The President was speaking on Thursday when a delegation of the Liberia Baptist Missionary and Education Convention paid a courtesy call to acquaint her with plans in the making to revamp the institution, established in 1822 by the Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention.

The President praised the Baptist Church and other religious institutions for their contributions to the country in the areas of education and health. Government, the President noted, holds dearly the strategic partnership which has enable private institutions to contribute to the manpower and health needs of the country.

The delegation informed the President that the National Baptist Convention, headed by the Rev. Dr. William Shaw as well as former missionaries who served in Liberia, were all  anxious and excited about the prospects of reopening Suehn Mission into a 21st century Educational Center. The Plan, the delegation informed the President, also involves the reopening of the Bendo Industrial Mission in Grand Cape Mount County and the Bible Industrial Academy in Grand Bassa County.

A member of the Foreign Missions Board of the National Baptist Convention in the United States, Rev. Napoleon Divine; The President of the Liberia Baptist & Theological Seminary, Dr. Lincoln Brownell and the President of the Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention, Rev. Shelton Seidi were all part of the delegation which called on the President at her Foreign Ministry office in Monrovia.