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In Sierra Leone, Hon. Cuffie Queries Social Welfare Min. Over Disability Act delay
Jul 12, 2010, 12:12

The Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children Affairs, Dr. Soccoh Kabia appeared before Parliament to answer a question asked by the Hon. Julius N Cuffie of the APC on why the Disability Bill remains unattended to since the policy was tabled to mainstream disability issues as required in the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper II and the presidentís Agenda for Change.

In response the minister said that the delay was caused by procedural orders, though he promised that very soon the bill would be brought to Parliament for enactment into an Act. He informed the Honourabale members that his ministry was putting modalities in place to improve the lives of disabled persons in the country as soon as the bill is passed into law.

As an addendum, SLPP Hon. Bernadette Lahai also queried the minister over the delay in the adoption of the United Nationís Disability Convention which was ratified since last year. She said the ministryís lethargy in adopting the Convention and duly forwarding Sierra Leoneís position on the convention to the U.N caused by unnecessary delay was still hampering the countryís recognition by the UN on disability issues.

Hon. Soccoh Kabia was however, not able to also give satisfactory answer to the MPís query.

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