‘A Call for Responsible Leadership’

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    A two-day enrichment and empowerment leadership workshop intended to promote peace, good governance, democracy, ethics in leadership, anti-corruption, and civic mindedness, has ended in Monrovia with a call for the participants to exercise responsible leadership.

    The workshop was conducted by the Restoration of Education Advancement Program (REAP), with support from the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL).

    The two-day workshop started on Monday, October 28 to the 29, at the conference hall of the YMCA, on Broad Street.

    At the end of the workshop participants were awarded certificates.

    The workshop was also intended to expose participants to a responsible leadership practices, ethics in management, and efforts to prevent corruption in the country.

    According to the Pointman Leadership Institute facilitator from South Africa, Quimtus Smit, the training seeks to improve the governance culture and use anti-corruption practices as an attempt to facilitate responsible, honest, disciplined, character-based leadership, which is essential for nation building.

    Mr. Smit indicated that the training engagement would be implemented in the context of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Government’s vision for progress development and sustainability of the democratic process in Liberia.

    Another facilitator from the United Kingdom, Neil Collins, said that corruption can also lead to low revenue within the country and as well as diminished consumer activity. 

    “Yes, Government can make the laws but the implementation is very weak,” Mr. Collins noted.

    Madam Christine T. Norman, the Executive Director of the Restoration of Educational Advancement Programs (REAP) who spoke earlier on, said the workshop is the result of a partnership between REAP and the Governance Commission, (GC), as well as the Liberian Institute of Public Administration (LIPA).

    Madam Norman also stated that the partnership members are determined to work together to facilitate such seminars aimed at empowering Liberians.

    The REAP executive director said the workshop’s focus is on inspirational trustworthy leadership, ethics in management, and efforts to prevent corruption.  

    Participants were drawn from the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization, the Liberia National Police, YMCA, the Press Union of Liberia, Stella Maris Polytechnic, among others.

    REAP is a humanitarian educational, non-profit registered in the USA and Liberia and accredited to serve in the country.

    Among the many areas of services in the community, REAP initiates and implements enrichments programs designed to foster character building, democracy and leadership development. 

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