The rebirth of Liberia’s international image is finding expression in the copious recognition and esteemed honor for the country’s Second In Command, Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor. There were Doubling Thomases who posited during the 2017 elections that the George-Jewel ticket would cost Liberia its standing in the international community if they won. That is found to be a far cry from the naysayers’ predictions and perceptions, and one of the ways it continues to be disproved is by the serial honors and recognition given the Vice President. Yet again, a renowned regional media group, the African Observatory for the Promotion of Good Governance” (OAPGG), a conglomeration of journalists and communications professionals based in Abijan, the Republic of Ivory Coast, has singled out the Liberian Deputy Chief Executive for a prestigious award. The Analyst reports.
These milestones, according to “African Observatory for the Promotion of Good Governance” (OAPGG) –a conglomeration of journalists and communications professionals based in Abijan, the Republic of Ivory Coast, deserve recognition. Hence, the group has awarded its “West Africa’s Most Influential Woman” Award to Liberia’s Vice President Chief Dr. Jewel Howard-Taylor. The accolade was received on December 20, 2018 by Mr. Ephraim Tunis Teage, Sr. Deputy Director of Protocol in the Office of the Vice President on behalf of his boss lady.
The award, OAPGG said is in recognition of Vice President Howard-Taylor’s “outstanding leadership and stellar examples and advocacy for gender inclusion and empowerment” while serving in different capacities. OAPGG is comprised of 50 senior journalists from across West Africa.
Receiving the award on behalf of the Liberian Vice President, the Deputy Director of Protocol, Mr. Teage, Sr. said Veep Howard-Taylor sees the award as a “welcoming incentive that bears the potential of propelling her to do more.”
He said it will undoubtedly serve as an inspiration to many who will now begin to opt to aspire to earn the attention of this greatly promising organization.
The Deputy Director of Protocol in the Office of the Vice President enunciated since VP Howard-Taylor began her political life, she has uncompromisingly campaigned for good governance in Liberia.
According to Mr. Teage, the Liberian Vice President has not limited her focus to good governance at the national level but also at the community and county levels.
Stressing the critical importance of good governance, the VP was cited as noting that, even if a nation is one of affluence and prosperity, the piercing effects of governance limitations can stymie its growth, undermine prosperity and shortchange its vision.
Mr. Teague further quoted the VP as underscoring the need to pay specific attention to improving, elevating, and sustaining our governance practices; a point that can never be overemphasized.
“Paying greater attention to a vitally important functional area as governance—a sphere that carries such a heavy weight, bearing far-reaching implications on our living conditions, our bottom line, and even our existence, will pay dividends of highly impressive proportions.” Mr. Teage went on to quote the VP to the audience at the awards ceremony.
Others who received awards from the group include Mr. Mahamadou Bonkoungou (EBOMAF), Best Enterprise Personality of West Africa ward; Mr. Tibou Kamara, Minister of State and Legal Counsel to President Alpha Conde’ of the Republic of Guinea. Best Artist for the Promotion of Peace and Development of the Republic of Guinea and Mr. Salfo Sore’, Director General of Bizart Production Best Promoter of Culture of West Africa award, among others.