Cllr. Negbalee Warner is calling on all institutions, individuals, civil society organizations and churches across the country to shift the honoring of people in the country.
Business Start-Up Center Monrovia, a local organization and full partner of SPARK, Bid Network and the Association of Liberian Universities, organized the honoring program for these business people aimed as promoting entrepreneurs and Small, Medium Enterprises development among Liberian youth.
Several individuals, especially from the private sector, were honored for their many contributions to society. These included Shaoi Saleh, chief executive officer (CEO) of Caspian Holdings, Most Profitable Business, and James K. Mulbah, chief executive officer (CEO) of Green Cities Incorporated, Most Innovative Business.
Other are, Mahmud Johnson, chief executive officer (CEO) of J-Palm Liberia, Best Entrepreneur of the year, Pandora Hodge, project coordinator of Cathedral Monrovia, Best Customer Service of the Year, and Samuel Collins, from the health sector, Best Director of the year among others.
Speaking at the Entrepreneurs Impact Award held at the University of Liberia main campus, Cllr. Negbalee Warner explained that many institutions, individuals and CSOs, including churches, have been involved in honoring big names in the country, especially politicians.
Cllr. Warner urged institutions, individuals, and civil society organizations, including churches to focus on honoring teachers, nurses and business people and others who are in many ways also contributing to the growth of the society but are working behind the scenes.
According to him, the way to change Liberia or the society is to carry out what other people did and cultivate individual skills as well as be accountable for our actions, words and behavior in society.
Cllr. Warner emphasized that the honoring of people must focus on skills and contributions demonstrated during the fight against Ebola. Those doing the honoring should ensure that honorees remain in business despite the huge challenges faced by Ebola crisis.
According to the director of the Business Start-Up Center Monrovia, William R. Dennis II, the honorees have shown commitment in their various areas of service to the people of Liberia and BSC was gratified to work with these young people in the development of Liberia.
Mr. Dennis II explained that one of their partners, Accountability Lab, had been working with innovative people and organizations in Liberia to develop tools and communities around them that can make people with power responsible.
He continued, “These people continue to serve the people of Liberia with respect and commitment despite the challenges facing the country. We have been working with them for some years and evaluated them on how they carry out their business activities with customers,” the director disclosed.
The Accountability Lab, represented by Blair Glencorse, also honored some of the hardworking people in society, including Divine K. Anderson, Thomas Tweh, and John Kamah for their many contributions to Liberia.