Better Future Foundation (BFF), in collaboration with the Kofi Annan Institute for Conflict Transformation of the University of Liberia and partners concluded a peace and reconciliation activities in observance of Liberia’s 54th National Unification Day, with a soccer tournament at the Saye Town Football Field in Sinkor, Monrovia.
The outdoor program, which was related to the Unification Day Football Tournament, featured Bong, Grand Gedeh, Lofa and Nimba counties.
Bong, Grand Gedeh, Lofa and Nimba counties, which participated in the tournament, are historically considered the four indigenous territories or provinces whose integration on May 14, 1964, gave birth to the contemporary Liberian democratic state.
Bong County defeated Nimba County 2-1 in the final to take away the trophy. In the first game of the tournament, Nimba County defeated Grand Gedeh County 3-2. In the second game, Bong County defeated Lofa County 3-1.
The trophy was presented to Bong County, the winners of the tournament, and on behalf of the organizer by Dr. Felix Gardes, a German Research Professor of the Kofi Anna Institute for Conflict Transformation, University of Liberia.
Dr. Gardes praised Liberian youth and students for their participation in such a historic national event and encouraged them to remain unwavering in the enhancement of genuine national reconciliation and peace in the country.
Dr. Gardes indicated that the youth of Liberia, as future leaders of the country, must serve as catalysts for unification, peace and participatory democracy and its components, including education, the rule of law, social justice and good governance.
BFF President Augustine Arkoi, also making an additional award of L$5,000 to Bong County, winner of the Unification Day Peace tournament, challenged the team to at all times serve as a unifying force for peace and national development.
According to the organizers, Bong County is expected to retain the trophy for one year, after which it will be returned for another fresh round of “National Unification Day Peace Tournament” next May 2019.
The Unification Day Peace Tournament, according to BFF, is part of its “Liberia Democracy Sustainability Platform (DSP), which primarily seeks to inspire national consensus building, aimed at accelerating improved human security relations, respect for the rule of law, advocacy for infrastructure development and sustaining democratic governance in Liberia and the sub-region.