International Day of People with Disabilities

By Geraldine Bicette-Joseph, GIS

(GIS) – Members of Parliament, yesterday, gave recognition to those with disabilities within society and the contributions that they make, in observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities held annually on Dec. 3.

Along with other distinguished members of the House, the Minister with responsibility for Equity, Social Justice and Empowerment, Hon Lenard Montoute, stated that he awaits a day when people with disabilities will be present and included fully in regards to serving the nation.

“I look forward for the day when we will have a member of the National Council for Persons with Disabilities to be present right here around this table in this honourable House,” he said. “I am pleased to hear that from the very top, in the words of our honourable prime minister, that we are mindful, conscious and willing to make provisions to facilitate our citizens with disabilities. As the minister responsible for Equity, Social Justice and Empowerment, and the ministry related directly to disability, I want to give my commitment in ensuring that I advocate at every junction the need for us not to just make pronouncements when we observe special occasions but also follow up with policies and implemate plans which will give true meaning to the plans that we have.”

The Sitting of the House of Assembly was held on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

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