Foreign Minister Honored by Youth

first_imgA youth group named, Youth Organized for the Promotion of Good Governance (YOPGG), has honored Foreign Minister, Augustine Ngafuan, as Minister of the Year for what they described as his pivotal and impactful role during the height of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia.The Secretary General of the group, speaking on behalf of his colleagues, noted that the decision honor Minister Ngafuan is in recognition of the pivotal role he played in not just rallying the international community to Liberia’s aid but also because of his strong advocacy for his country and compatriots during the height of the Ebola crisis. SG Williams, presenting the certificate, noted that the Minister was the voice of Liberia in the international community when Liberians were being stigmatized because of the Ebola virus.”When Liberia was so troubled, and most of our friends including some of our African brothers were rejecting us because the Ebola disease had befallen our country, we can recall that Minster Ngafuan was the voice of Liberia in the international community”, Williams said.Reflecting on Minister Ngafuan’s presentation and impact at the recent United Nations General Assembly, Williams recalled, “We remember, Minister Ngafuan particularly at the United Nations General Assembly presenting the case for Liberia, ensuring that millions of dollars in cash, kind and in human capacity came to the rescue of this country.And we can proudly say that his intervention, along with his team at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, into the Liberian situation has played a very key role in our country and remains indelible in the minds of Liberian youth, nurses, doctors, and the health workers”.The organization says it views President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s continuous confidence in the Foreign Minister as an inspiration to the young people.The group held a moment of silence for Liberians, especially young people  who lost their lives to the Ebola virus.Minister Ngafuan, in his response, described the day as a great day in his personal life and that of the Foreign Ministry. The Liberian chief diplomat underscored that public servants should proceed with their work without any expectation of an honor, but stressed that when honor comes, it should be appreciated. “To note that you have been evaluating us for the past 12 months and that your judgment is one of commendation, we are grateful. Civil society organizations often condemn officials of government when we do condemnable things. It is good to see you commending an official of government for what you consider commendable deeds”, Minister Ngafuan stated.The Foreign Minister stated that he was dedicating the honor first and foremost to all Liberians whom called the real masters: President Sirleaf, for her leadership and guidance in the Ebola fight and the entire Ministry of Foreign Affairs family whom he described as real giants whose contributions were critical to his success.He also dedicated the honor to the memory of the late Mrs. Sharon Washington, his Administrative Assistant who died during the height of the Ebola crisis: “I dedicate this honor to her memory for her dedicated service to the Ministry and the country for almost 20 years.”He then gave the assurance that the Foreign Ministry will commit itself to working hard to do its part in contributing to the Government’s agenda. “So, you have given us more reasons why we should work for the Liberian people. You have given us a charge for this New Year. You have given us gasoline for our tanks for the New Year.”YOPGG, a peace-building civil society organization, honored the Foreign Minister yesterday at his Foreign Ministry office.The organization was founded in 2010. It speaks out against excesses in the society as Liberia strives to strengthen its democracy and recovery process.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sen. Prince Johnson Breaks Ground for Modern Computer Lab

first_imgSenator Prince Y. Johnson breaking ground to modern computer lab in GantaNimba County Senator Prince Yormie Johnson has broken ground for the construction of a computer lab, which will be an annex to a multipurpose technical college he is constructing in the commercial city of Ganta, Nimba County.Senator Johnson told reporters at the groundbreaking ceremony that the computer lab will be second to none in the county for research and other purposes.He said students will use the basement as a dining hall, while the upper part will serve as a modern computer science lab. He didn’t, however, give the cost of the project, but explained that upon the completion of the computer lab and the dining hall, he will be embarking on the construction of dormitories.Senator Johnson also explained that the computer lab will enhance students’ learning process and that many new courses will be introduced and facilitated by professors from abroad.In 2014, he embarked on the construction of a 36-classroom complex for technical and vocational education in Ganta. Currently, the three-story building is almost at a finishing level. The senator has also begun the construction of a modern gym in the premises of the technical school.The gymnasium, if completed, will be one of the biggest in Liberia. He said upon the completion of the polytechnic school, he will hire professors, but more preferences will be given to Liberians. “The first two years, this school will offer “AA” degree, followed by BSc degrees,” he said.The school, which is yet to be named, is expected to be completed by July 2019 and classes will start immediately, Senator Johnson said. It will be the largest private college to be built by an individual and will also be the third college in Nimba County besides LICC and NCCC.In a similar development, Senator Prince Johnson is also embarking on the construction of a public library in an area which many considered as disputed land, given to him by the City Mayor of Ganta.There has been confusion in Ganta over a lot of land given to Senator Johnson by City Mayor Amos Suah, because the land is believed to be a public land. But Senator Johnson said in an interview that the City Mayor has the right to give public land to anybody who would like to carry on meaningful development.He explained that the land in question will be used to construct a modern public library to which everybody will have access.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more