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Usamate Assures Support For United Blind Persons

Blind persons have been as­sured Government support. Minster for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Rela­tions, Jone Usamate, while offici­ating at the launch of the White Cane Awareness Week at the Gir­mit
14 Oct 2018 13:09
Usamate Assures Support For United Blind Persons
United Blind Persons of Fiji vice president Ranjesh Prakash (right) explains to the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Jone Usamate, on how to use a white cane after the launch of the White Cane Awareness Week at the Girmit Centre in Lautoka on October 13, 2018. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

Blind persons have been as­sured Government support.

Minster for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Rela­tions, Jone Usamate, while offici­ating at the launch of the White Cane Awareness Week at the Gir­mit Centre in Lautoka yesterday said Government would bolster its support to every person in this country to ensure there is equality for all.

Mr Usamate, in his address to members from the United Blind Persons of Fiji, also ensured them that Government was committed to providing the best to those with special abilities.

“Government has committed it­self to doing its best for all people with disabilities,” he said.

“From Government and from my part, I personally regard every­body equal. You have special privi­leges, you have special rights you have special abilities that need to be honoured.

“A lot of people, who are visually impaired or cannot see, have done a lot of great things for this coun­try.

“Their sacrifices for the people around them need to be recognised not only for the country but for the communities that they work in.

“From Government, we will con­tinue to give you all of our sup­port for every single person in this country and if there is one thing that we believe in, it is equality for all, everybody is important to the Government of Fiji.”

He said Government could pro­vide an environment to enhance their abilities and this could be done through education and other areas.

“All of us have different capa­bilities and capacities and it is the function of Government to try to make sure that you can make the best out of that,” Minister Usa­mate said.

Mr Usamate said ‘White Cane Awareness Week’ was for the sole purpose of highlighting the abili­ties and the success achieved by the visually impaired individuals worldwide, honoring their contri­butions to society.

“The white cane symbolises inde­pendence to a blind and partially sighted individual,” he said.

“It is a sign of autonomy and re­spect for the inherent dignity for the blind and the partially sighted persons and this is in line for all the conventions that we have for the rights of people with disabili­ties.

“I will be able to lend my support to all the programmes that you have for this week and for your activities that you have for the fu­ture.”

The awareness programme will be for two weeks in Suva, starting tomorrow.

Edited by Percy Kean

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