Sep 4, 2008, 6:09 AM
The Governor of the Central River Region, Alhagie Ganiji Touray has expressed his impression with the Gambia Organisation of the Visually Impaired (GOVI) for ensuring that the World White Cane Day celebrations become a reality in his region.
Governor Touray, who was speaking at the celebrations marking this year?s World White Cane Day in Kaur, Central River Region, described the event as a show of commitment and solidarity demonstrated by the blind.
Governor Touray noted that the significance of this day cannot be over-emphasised as it is a day set aside by the United Nations to sensitise motorists, pedestrians and road users of their moral responsibility to assist the blind move freely and safety from one place to another.
He commended GOVI for bringing more than sixty blind people to participate in the celebrations, while assuring the blind of his support and encouragement.
He also urged the blind to continue their solidarity to ensure that their constraints are well addressed.
Governor Touray also buttressed the need for people to respect the views of the blind and desist from discriminating against them.
For his part, the Alkalo of Kaur, Mustapha Njie expressed his warm appreciation for the massive turn out of the residents, describing the day as very important in the history of Kaur.
Other speakers included Alhagie Kebba Ceesay, the Chairperson of GOVI, Mr. Muhammad Corra, the President of GOVI, all of whom expressed similar sentiments.