The days of conflict and confrontation between the National Staff Association (NASA) of the UN Mission in Liberia and UNMIL administration are now over, that’s according to the newly inducted president of NASA.
NASA is the association of UNMIL workers in Liberia.
During the induction ceremony over the weekend, the newly elected president of the association Momolu Johnson noted that the ceremony marked a new era in which collaboration, not conflict or confrontation will be the hallmark of the leadership’s policies.
According to Johnson, the new NASA leadership intends to work with and not against UNMIL administration to ensure that national staff get the recognition and legitimate rewards they deserve for their immense sacrifices made in order to “turn UNMIL into one of the most successful peace keeping missions around the world.”
He said the long awaited change that was desired by the membership of NASA since its formation will now be experienced under his leadership.
“To achieve the change that we desperately need is going to require a new direction and new ways of doing things; that is to put in place a new system that will address the most crucial needs of UNMIL National Staff.
“The change that I am talking about will be characterized by honesty, hard-work and dedicated staff with the zest to make a change. People who will lead and not rule, to influence members and not to manipulate them, are what NASA needs at the moment.”
“This new system,” the NASA president pointed out, “will remain in place so that even when we are gone, incoming NASA administrations will have no choice but to adapt to the structure and continue with the policies that we are going to create”.
He disclosed that an Ad Hoc Committee of Professionals will be established to look at possibility options for the most efficient way of using NASA’s funds as a way of exhibiting transparency and accountability.
Mr. Johnson described as a disservice to members of the national staff that their meager funds deducted from their hard – earned salaries cannot be used to benefit them but are rather used to sponsor lavish parties that benefit only a few while a most of them are left to swallow their spite, envy and frustration. He vowed that such actions will not happen under his administration.
The vision of NASA will be firstly to see all eligible national staff assuming managerial roles in UNMIL. He warned that the draw down and hand over of mission can only be achieved once the national staffs of all sections exhibit the high level of commitment and professionalism in the discharge of their respective duties.
For her part, the key note speaker at induction in Congo Town, Commissioner Davidetta Browne-Lansanah called on the new leadership to use communication as their administrative hallmark.
Madam Browne-Lansanah, a Commissioner at the National Elections Commission, noted that an effective use of communication will enhance the understanding of NASA leadership in working with members of the association as well as to engage UNMIL administration on issues that would improve the overall wellbeing of NASA members without confrontation.
She urged NASA officials to make their administration participatory by involving the members in decision making because if the membership are supportive of plans and actions, then their leadership will become stronger.
The former officer – in – charge of NASA, Agatha Kollie, spoke of the immense contributions made by her leadership. She disclosed that for the first time in the Association’s history, a past leader is leaving in NASA’s coffers more than US$11K (eleven thousand United States Dollars) for the new leadership to begin working with.
Those inducted in Friday’s ceremony held at the German Embassy also included: Joseph B. K. Camara, Vice President for Administration, Margaret Taylor, Vice President for Operations, Andrew Kendema, Secretary General, David J. K. Starks, Sr., Assistant Secretary General, Albert Quenah, Treasurer and Geraldine Donald, Financial Secretary.