24 December 2012

Liberia: LNRCS Gets New Leadership

Delegates at the 47th General Assembly of the Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) have elected a new corps of officials to steer the affairs of the LNRCS for the next four years. The assembly was held recently in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.

Those elected are: Mr. Emmanuel Kpah, President, Mr. Josephus Ben, First Vice President, Madam Elizabeth Barwon Second Vice President, Mr. Sando Farmwen Third Vice President and Mr. Alexander Siafa National Treasurer.

Speaking to reporters, the newly elected President of the LNRCS, Mr. Emmanuel Kpah, said integrity, honesty, and hard work will be the hall mark of his administration.

He underscored the need for the 'full decentralization' of all activities of the LNRCS. He said the LNRCS must be decentralized in order to identify and respond to some of the challenges facing citizens in the rural parts of the country. Mr. Kpah said accountability and sustainability of the Liberian Red Cross remain one of his top priorities for the next four years.

He called on his fellow compatriots to collectively work together for the betterment of the LNRCS. Also speaking, the former President of the LNRCS, Madam Theresa Leigh Sherman, commended her successor for his victory. She also reminded him to work harder in order to confront the numerous challenges ahead.

She stated that the work as a Red Crosser requires dedication, hard work and passion for vulnerability, and as such, the new leadership must strive to address difficulties. According to her, the LNRCS is faced with lot of challenges including low budgetary allotment, capacity building, and accountability, amongst others.

Madam Sherman stated that more support must be given to the LNRCS in order to address some of the challenges confronting vulnerable and less fortunate citizens. In order for the humanitarian group to move forward, she said, the LNRCS and the Government of Liberia must properly coordinate and cooperate with one another.

She challenged the Liberian government and its partners to play a pivotal role in addressing some of the challenges facing citizens including poverty, and maternal mortality, amongst others. Madam Sherman commended volunteers and staff of the LNRCS for their services being rendered to humanity.

The former LNRCS boss also commended international donors and partners of the LNRCS including the British Red Cross, Swedish Red Cross, Danish Red Cross, Spanish Red Cross, amongst others for their numerous contributions to the LNRCS during her tenure at the institution.

For his part, the representative of the British Red Cross, Mr. Eric Roger Smith, commended Madam Sherman for the level of progress made so far by the LNRCS. He reaffirmed his organization's commitment to supporting the LNRCS.

He said the British Red Cross would continue to aid the LNRCS in order to make it more efficient and effective in carrying out its mandate.

Meanwhile, delegates at the General Assembly also reviewed progress reports and adopted a new resolution as a way forward in addressing existing challenges to the prospect of the Red Cross. The assembly, which brought together delegates from the 15 counties, was held under the theme: "Reposition LNRCS to Deliver More and Better."

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