Veteran Liberian journalist, Philip N. Wesseh, has urged physically challenged individuals in the country to stop begging and obtain some level of skills for the benefit of themselves, their families and the society.
Speaking at an honoring ceremony for the paper’s Webmaster, Varney K. Sirleaf who obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree from the AMEZU on Tuesday, Mr. Wesseh who is the Managing Editor of The INQUIRER Newspaper said being handicapped or disabled does not stop or limit anyone from getting some level of education, be it vocational or formal.
“Your condition does not in any way stop you from obtaining some level of education for your well-being and also for the country. If you look in the streets, you see people with one eye, one foot, while others with two hands and legs are also begging to earn their daily living; this is not good for them and the society,” PNW as he is affectionately called pointed out.
He said, “Despite the condition of physically challenged people, they can still go to school or learn a trade to make them marketable in the society and so, people should not use these conditions to be perpetual beggars,” PNW added.
“Today, we are honoring a handicap that experienced his condition when he was just three years when he fell from steps, something that caused him to be physically challenged. He did not look at his condition but pursued higher education and today he has earned a degree,” the INQUIRER boss said.
PNW said it was based on Mr. Sirleaf’s condition and his quest for education that he encouraged him to do a vacation job at the INQUIRER and pursued his college education. “If Varney can do this, others in the streets can do likewise. You must emulate the example of Varney,” the award-winning Liberian journalist intimated.
He added that to achieve, one must be determined, committed and dedicated, something that has made Varney to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree today.
Responding, the honoree, Varney K. Sirleaf lauded the Management and staff of the institution for the level of support toward his educational sojourn.
Mr. Sirleaf said since August 22, 2004 he found a ‘father’ in person of Mr. Wesseh who accepted him as a son. “My stay here has made me a different person. Let me thank some special individuals who helped me while I was with The INQUIRER. You helped me a lot,” Varney intimated.
He made specific reference to Mr. Wesseh, Mrs. Margaret Wheagba, Edwin Jackson, Gloria Voker, Mulbah among others for supporting him when he arrived at the institution.