An assembly of citizens from the predominately Kissi-speaking Foya District in Lofa County have honored the Minister of National Defense, Brownie J. Samukai, Jr., for his “intervention in uplifting the district educational system.”
The ceremony, which was performed over the weekend, brought together an array of prominent citizens including the chiefs, student leaders, family members, and several of the minister’s admirers. It was held in the conference room of the ministry at the Barclay Training Center (BTC) over the weekend.
In their letter of solidarity of support to Minister Samukai, the Foya citizens said, they were honoring Minister Samukai for helping to advance the educational system of Foya District. The Minister is said to have provided five professional teachers (all college graduates) when the district was in desperate need of qualified instructors to teach their children.
“Minister Samukai took upon himself to pay the instructors attractive salaries for the period of one academic calendar year,” the citizens said reading their statement to a round of applause.
Aside from taking the five teachers to the district, the citizens also recalled scholarships Minister Samukai provided to deserving students hailing from the district to complete high school and university.
“To demonstrate our commitment to this pledge, we the citizens of Lofa County are gowning you today Hon. Samukai, to signify our unflinching support of you. We honor people that deserve honor, and you are one of those, we would never betray you,” the citizens assured Minister Samukai through one of the speakers, Tamba Fendekie Tumbey, a senior Kissi Governor for Montserrado County.
Other speakers included Senator George T. Tengbeh, Steve Bundor of the Foya University Student Association (FUSA), while Chief Sylvester Tamba led the gowning ceremony.
Responding to the honor, Minister Samukai expressed gratitude to Liberians irrespective of location for upholding the tenet of peace and democracy. He gave a particular mention to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for her continued confidence in his leadership ability, despite attempts by some “detractors to drive a wedge (block, lock) between him and the president.
He then pledged his unwavering loyalty to the Liberian leader and vowed to uphold the goals set by the Unity Party-led administration by maintain peace and security in the country.