Pres. Weah Promises Govt. Support to Crusaders for Peace

MONROVIA: President George Manneh Weah and Chief Convener of the Golden Image Award (GIA), has committed government’s full support to ensure the successful hosting of this premier internationally recognized award program.

Speaking at the 13th Golden Image award Program at the Monrovia City Hall on July 20, 2023, President Weah, amidst ceaseless applauds, rained praises on the Event Planner, Founder  of the Golden Image Award program, Ambassador Juli Endee and the Crusaders for Peace in the promotion of peace and reconciliation across Liberia amidst all odds.

The Liberian Chief Executive described the Crusaders for Peace Executive Director, Ambassador Juli Endee as a true patriot and a woman of peace, adding that these activities bring hopes and reinvigorate into all Liberians the enthusiasm to continue to collectively work for peace and national reconciliation.

At the same time, President George Manneh Weah has reiterated his unwavering commitment to free, fair and transparent elections in October this year. He however maintained that this can be achieved with the collective efforts of all Liberians irrespective political or tribal differences.

Founded in September 2010 by the Liberia Crusaders for Peace and the Visionary Juli Endee, the GIA has grown into a premier national event and has been officially captured as part of the Independence Day activities in Liberia with President Weah as the Convener and Former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as the  Face behind the Golden image.

According to the Golden Image Secretariat, the most merited individuals, organizations; governments and donor institutions that have made the most contributions to peace, sanity, and the transformation of Liberia over the years are being selected through an intensive vetting process and recognized for their enormous contributions to peace in Liberia and the world.

Serving as the keynote speaker at the 13th GIA Award in Monrovia on July 20 on the theme: Giving hope to our People Through Peace, nonviolence and Credible elections, Miss Banica Elliot, first President of the Federation of Liberian Youths, FLY, stressed the need for the young people of Liberia to be provided the opportunities that will make them significant and useful to the development of the Country.

Madame Elliot stressed that as Liberians trek towards the October 10th election, the young people should not be used as foot soldiers for confusion and political violence and that the youths deserve better livelihood programs from those in authority.

During the ceremony, a well built and decorated monument/portrait of President George Manneh Weah, designed and built by the Golden Image Secretariat and the Liberia Crusaders for Peace, was unveiled by Finance Minister Samuel Tweah.

Minister Tweah extolled President Weah for his enormous development initiatives and at the same time, improving the livelihood of the Liberian people. He also lauded Ambassador Juli Endee for promoting peace and unity in Liberia.

The awardees of the 13th GIA were drawn from three levels, three from the County level, four from the national Level and four from the International Level.  Liberia Foreign Minister Dee Maxwell Saah Kimayah and Deputy House Speaker Fonati Kofa are some of the recipients of the 13th edition of the GIA Award.

Meanwhile, the visionary Founder and Event Planner of the Golden Image award, Culture Ambassador Juli Endee, has urged Liberians to continue to hold the principles of peace and Unity the country now enjoys, emphasizing that as Liberia goes for election this year, it is incumbent upon all to work together for peace and Unity.

Providing an overview of the occasion, Ambassador Juli Endee said GIA is intended to recognize the achievements of individuals and institutions that have made sacrificial contributions to the social and economic development of the country and their recognition should inspire others to make the needful impact in society.

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