‘Don’t Undermine Each Other’

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The general overseer of the Evangelical Christian Alliance (ECA) Bishop Dr. Jerry Yarkpa, has cautioned officials of the Union of Liberia Community Forests (ULCF) to work as a team instead of undermining each other for position.
In his remarks at the induction of officers-elect of the union at the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) conference hall on Broad Street, Bishop Yarkpa said that the intent of forming an organization is to seek the welfare of others, and to ensure that the people who are part of that institution benefit.
Those elected and installed into office are Arthur Kotee Gbabow, president; Sorboh S. Wesseh, vice president for administration; Zubah W. Kponeh, vice president for operations; Jefferson Z. Zoegbeh, secretary general; Robert M. Tarpeh, assistant secretary general; Peter Jallah, assistant financial secretary; and Madam Ruth J. Monlo, treasurer.
Bishop Yarkpa observed that there are lots of organizations who have come and gone, and did not achieve the objective for which they were established, because the members fought for position rather than seeking the interest of the organization.
“It is our burning desire that this organization will not be like those ones that spring up with good intention, but later became devastated because they went off the tracks, thereby leaving the ordinary persons to question them about their relevance,” he indicated.
He therefore called on the union to be true partners and positive contributors to government efforts in nation building, noting that it will help in constructing a system that will be as equitable and profitable to all concerned.
The bishop expressed hope in the leaders and urged them to steer the task squarely and confront it, stressing that such action lies in their cooperation with the communities and the government.
In his acceptance speech, the president, Arthur Kotee Gbabow, told the UCLF members that his administration will work with the FDA to ensure speedy and successful implementation of the ongoing community forest processes that started few years ago.
Mr. Gbabow said the union stands to educate community dwellers on the various steps leading to the issuance of the community forests licenses to the community by the FDA.
Besides, the UCLF intends to work with the FDA and other international organizations responsible for community forests, in order to ensure that the just benefits from community forest programs and operations get to the community dwellers.
The UCLF would further work closely with relevant organizations responsible for community to put in the necessary mechanisms for the protection of forests from pit-sawing, substantive farming and acts that would deplete the forests, he said.

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