Be Patient! – First Lady Urges Fishermen, Inducts CMA Officials

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By: Anthony Q. Jiffan, Jr.

Executive mansion Correspondent

Liberia’s First Lady Mrs. Clar Marie Weah implores Liberian fishermen to be patient with the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) led government and said there are plans through the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) to improve the livelihood of fishermen and fish mongers across the nine coastal counties of Liberia.

Madam Weah assured fishermen, fish mongers or fish sellers of the fishing communities that they have the support of the government.  “You, the fishermen and fish mongers or fish sellers of the fishing communities in Bomi and Montserrado counties, do have the support of the Government of Liberia, and this is the time for all of you to exercise patience as the government rolls out its plans for the fisheries sector” Madam Weah said.

She made the assertions in the Borough of New Kru Town, when she served as keynote speaker and induction officer of officials-elect of the Collaborative Management Association (CMA) on Monday, June 17, 2019. The CMA comprises members of the nine fishing communities in Montserrado and Bomi counties.

Those inducted into office to lead the CMA include P. Nyantee sleh President; D. Nimely Fannieh, Vice President; James J. Logan, General Secretary; Abraham B. Warkies, Financial Secretary; Naji Sonnie, Treasurer;  and Annie Doe, chaplain.

Madam Weah who received a rousing welcome from the women of New Kru Town, Tomah Town, Popo Beach, West Point, Bernard Beach, Banjor Beach, King Gray Beach, and Cooper Beach among others, who gathered to celebrate the induction of their newly elected leadership was honored and named “DECONTEE” by the people of the Borough of New Kru town through their Governor, Alice B. Weah.

The “Decontee” is a Liberian name of the Kru tribe meaning, “Everything has time”, which was honorably conferred on the wife of a son of the Kru people, who happens to be the President of Liberia.

Inducting the corps of CMA officers, Madam Decontee Weah said it is time for the women of Liberia, particularly fish mongers or sellers, to receive benefits from their government headed by their son – President George Mannah Weah who she said has over the years sacrificed for Liberians.

“I am delighted to be among a group of Liberians who are focused on contributing to the economic development of their country” the First Lady said.

Accordingly, the Liberian First Lady was joyful with the warn reception from the fishermen and fish mongers of Bomi and Montserrado counties and promised to work in the interest of all Liberian women to ensure an improvement in their respective lives.

Speaking further during the induction of the collaborative Management Association leadership, Mrs. Decontee Weah pointed out that it is time that they ensure proficiency in the execution their duties for the overall improvement and success of the fisheries sector.

She at the same time commended the leadership of NaFAA for the level of improvement in the fisheries sector, which has brought huge economic gains to the country and has contributed immensely toward national development.

Delivering his inaugural address, CMA President P. Nyantee Sleh commended the Coalition for Democratic Change Government for the level of attention given the fisheries sector, which he said has restored the dignity of fishermen and fish mongers in Montserrado and Bomi counties.

Mr. Sleh asserted that since the foundation of the Liberia as nation, no government has given the high level of attention presently enjoyed to fishermen and fish mongers whose contributions have had impact on the Liberian economy.

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