by Fonban Emmanuel
The Cameroon’s Minister of Social Affairs, Pauline Irene Nguene on Wednesday, 26 August 2020 presided over the opening ceremony of the 2020 session of the National Committee for the Rehabilitation and Socio-Economic Reinsertion of Persons Living with Disabilities, known by its French acronym CONRHA.
The session took place at the Yaounde city council hall and present in the opening ceremony, were the Minister of Women’s Empowerment and Family; Prof. Marie-Therese Abena Ondoa, the Representative of the Mayor of Yaounde city council and representatives of involved ministries and partner organizations.
It should be noted that CONRHA was created after the promulgation of law No2010/002 0f 13 April 2010 which aimed at protecting and promoting the rights of persons living with disabilities.
The text of application was signed by the Prime Minister in 2018 and CONRHA stands as a platform to ensure that persons living with disabilities benefit fully from the provisions of the law. Talking to the media at the opening ceremony, Minister Pauline gave some highlights about CONRHA.
“It was put in place to assist the government in the elaboration of its politics of the promotion and protection of persons living with disability. They are also there to coordinate the resources put in place by the government, private entities, civil societies concerned with persons living with disabilities” said Pauline Irene Nguene, the MINAS boss.
Following the terms of reference presented by the Director at the Ministry of Social Affairs in Charge of Persons Living with Disabilities and the Elderly in the Person of Ambe Angelica Mundi, Cameroon has over two million, nine hundred and ten thousand persons with disabilities referencing the 3rd General Population and Housing Census published in 2010.
The 2020 session comes therefore with objectives to validate the referential evaluation of deficiencies and the invalidity of persons with disabilities and also make a mid-term evaluation of the elaboration of the regulatory text as prescribed by the text of applications.
To enable persons living with disabilities from the national territory have access to the provisions of the 2010 law, CONRHA has created regional committees to ease operations.
“We know that persons living with disabilities cannot leave various areas where they are based to come to Yaounde. So regional committees are being created such that wherever anybody living with disability finds themselves, they should have a representative. The regional representatives have task to receive complains and channel them to the central administration. Aside that, all the other ministries are represented here today, meaning that, each ministry has something to do as far as persons living with disabilities are concerned. It could be their leisure, vocational training, their communication, their access to public structures and others” said Angelica Mundi, the Director at MINAS.
The activities of the session are therefore exclusively bent on ensuring that persons with disabilities benefit from whatever right the 2010 law provides and this will go a long way of closing down social exclusion in public circles as far as opportunities are concerned for persons living with disabilities.