NHA Boss Encourages Staff
-“Let’s Keep All Hands-On Deck”
The recently appointed Managing Director of the National Housing Authority (NHA), Madam Cecelia Cuffy Brown has enjoined staff of the entity to demonstrate commitment on the job.
In an effort to encourage ordinary employees and senior staff of the NHA, Madam Cuff-Brown has asked the workers to “keep all-hands-on-deck” in their innovation to contribute ideas to make the institution meets its mandate to provide low-cost and affordable housing units to the people of Liberia.Speaking at an acquaintance meeting recently in Monrovia, at the NHA headquarters on Capitol Hill shortly following her appointment, Madam Cuffy Brown expressed deepest gratitude to God for His divine favor and grace in her new position. She also expressed heartfelt gratitude to President George Manneh Weah for her preferment and confidence reposed in her.
She reminded employees that the statutory mandate of the NHA as enshrined in the April 7, 1960 Act which created the National Housing Authority is to initiate, plan and implement housing development programs nationwide.
The Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE) has partly intervened in the sector by implementing the statutory mandate, functions and responsibilities of the institution and therefore advised that both entities herewith, will avoid the duplication so that each institution will function according to the TERM and REFERENCE of its respective ACTS as enshrined.
She further proposed a possible merger of both entities where, according to her, LACE could become the technical arm of the NHA. Madam Cuffy Brown also used the occasion to suggest a possible partnership arrangement with local commercial banking institutions, companies and investors in order to diversify their portfolio by venturing into the construction of affluent communities, so that their profits will not be transferred into foreign markets.
In her innovation, the New NHA MD told senior and junior managers to be conscious of their responsibilities the entity and the state, adding that her administration will introduce measures that will attract investors, boost employees’ morale and create a conducive and cordial working environment. “Our people deserve adequate and affordable homes,” she said. “They, therefore, look to us for solution-something we must all do collectively with a sense of dedication and focus.”
She acknowledged that housing development for low-income citizens is in line with the Government of Liberia’s Pro-Poor Agenda for Development and Prosperity and declared that she has no intention to fire employees but pleaded with them to remain law-abiding and take their responsibilities seriously.
Meanwhile, in response, Mr. C. Raphael During Sr., outgoing Deputy Officer – In- Charge of the NHA welcomed his successor and encourage her to begin where he ended his duty.