Asst/Gender Minister Inducts CEIO OFFICIALS
By Kermu 0.Massaquoi
The Assistant Minister of Gender and Social Protection at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection Madam Mamasie Kaba last Friday inducted the newly elected corps of officials of the Center for the Exchange of Intellectual Opinions (CEIO) to steer the affairs of the organization for a term.
Speaking during the program that took place at the intellectual center on Benson Street, on Friday, March 30, 2018, Assistant Minister Madam Mamasie Kaba warned the newly elected CEIO officials, to stay away from corruption while doing their job.She added: “this is because they, as intellectuals have been engaging past government officials against the mismanagement of government funds. This in the past led to total corruption, something which President George Weah’s present Pro-Poor agenda government is trying to address.”
She urged the organization to work very hard on their own in other to provide services to their members, and to create jobs and also engage in other activities so that they may not be beggars for survival.
Madam Kaba admonished that begging someone as a means of improving their living conditions is not a good thing for the institution’s members.
She said the institution can find a solution to this by writing a proposal to humanitarian NGOs to help improve their member’s lives.
Meanwhile, Hon Darius Dillion said inviting him to spearhead the fourth (4) Inaugural and fundraising rally of the was the right thing to do, but pointed out that Global Witness, has released another report on Liberia. He added that he asks the CDC led government to investigate former officials of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) for their involvement in the mismanagement of USD thirty five thousand (USD$35,000) United State dollars.
According to Mr. Dillion, the money was allegedly used by the former Finance Minister, Amara Konneh and other ex-government officials. He added that during the administration of Madam Sirleaf, corrupt officials took from the country millions of U.S. dollars.
Also speaking at the program, the outgoing CEIO Chairman Franklin Wesseh thanked members of President Weah’s pro-poor agenda administration including members of the national Legislature and the Executive branches for appointing more than ten (10) members of their institution to high positions in the present government.
He said he believes that they may work over time in other to help the organization members to improve their status.
He clarified that, the Coalition for Democratic Change government (CDC) government is providing freedom of speech, the right to good living conditions and is also setting good examples for transparency to be the hallmark of government’s scope of operation.
According to Mr. Wesseh, he is willing to work along with the newly elected members of his organization to channel their daily operations, so that they may move their affairs forward in the association.
Addressing the gathering, the newly elected Chairman, Mr. Adolphus N. S. Weah said a society in which people disagree with one another is a good society, adding that during his tenure, they will expect constructive criticisms at the CEIO.
He said if issues like the Global Witness reports are not discussed at any Ataya center, then that Ataya center group is not an advocacy group.
They have to express views on issues in every sector of the society, adding that if people chose to describe them as a nonsense majority that is wasting their time, they believe that, they are not nonsense and their time is not wasted.
He said their center is one of the best in the country and challenges all corrupt governmental affairs.
Those elected and inducted into office are: the Executive Chairman Adolphus N.S Weah, E.Baccus Carr Co-Chairman, Sylvester T. Nah Secretary General, Dax Elliot Assistant Secretary, Prince F. Teah Financial Secretary, and Abdullah Bah