The inspiring wordings of the famous hymn, “A Charge To Keep I Have,” which reminds Christians of their duties to humanity and the kingdom of God, on Tuesday reverberated in the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia, breathing in a new sense of commitment and dedication into the audience, especially the newly commissioned officials of government.
The singing of ‘A Charge To Keep I Have’ written by Charles Wesley-brother of the founder of the United Methodist Church, John Wesley, was an intentional coincidence because President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, would within minutes, charged 14 of her top government officials, appointed few months ago, to do all in their power to ensure that the remaining time of her administration is efficiently, effectively and productively utilized. The hymn was beautifully done by Soloist Tarley Kegbeh and his team of choristers.
President Sirleaf told the commissioned officials, including six ministers, officials of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), and Liberia’s Permanent Delegate to the United Nations (UN) that if the remaining 20 months are adequately utilized, the administration will end on a strong and positive note.
She said they are taking up their posts at a crucial time, when they are going to face numerous challenges from both visible and invisible forces in the Liberian society. “We have the confidence in your ability to stay focused and therefore we want your commitment to the country in order to make it a better place,” she said.
President Sirleaf asked God to give them the strength to succeed in all major government priorities that are accomplishable.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Marjon Kamara, on behalf of the commissioned officials, said what they have received from the President represents a reaffirmation of her confidence and the conviction that they will execute the responsibilities of their respective portfolios with unwavering dedication to duty with the highest degree of integrity.
The Foreign Minister reminded Liberians about the global development agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals, recently adopted by the international community for the reduction of poverty and the upliftment of the poorest across the globe, noting that Liberians must take ownership of the 17 goals in this fifteen years development agenda (2030).
Minister Kamara, who spent over twenty-five years of her professional life with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) before returning to national duty in 2009, indicated that these agendas hold the promise of reducing the disparities and inequalities which create fertile grounds for strife and conflict in society.
“The global community has agreed that strong and inclusive leadership is an indispensible driver of development. You, Madam President, have provided strong and inspiring leadership, sound and progressive policies which enable Liberia to register significant improvements in our political, legal and economic systems,” Minister Kamara averred.
Other high officials commissioned were Internal Affairs Minister, Dr. Henrique Tokpa, Agriculture Minister Moses Zinnah, and Minister of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, Eugene Nagbe.
Others were Minister of Labour, Neto Z. Lihge, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Julia Duncan Cassell, Minister of State without Portfolio, Sylvester Grigsby, and Liberia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Lewis Garsaydee Brown.
Also commissioned were the Board Members and the Administrative staff of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA).
Ministers Tokpa and Grigsby were commissioned in absentia. The colorful ceremony was attended by government officials, including members of the Legislature and the Judiciary, members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps, and relatives of the honorees.