John W. Cole, known by friends as TJoe, has worked for the Liberia Football Association for the last 15 years.
His title at the LFA is ‘office attendant at the president’s office,’ and while he told the Daily Observer he has enjoyed the job, it was during the administration of Mustapha Raji that he has been rewarded, for at least two months as Employee of the Month.
“I earned the employee of the months for the months of December and January,” he said, last Friday, at the headquarters on Benson Street in Monrovia.
He said it is the first time that he has been rewarded or that his work at the LFA has been appreciated and he is grateful for President Raji and his team of officers who have placed human development ahead of everything.
“I am encouraged to do all I can for the LFA,” Cole said, “As I speak to you I have my bag of rice over there.” Raji’s administration provides a 25kg bag of rice for each employee, along with the selection of an employee of the month, which goes with a cash award.
Cole said there is a lot of motivation at the LFA unlike any other administration in the past. “The new leaders make the work here good to do,” Cole, who previously served the Armed Forces of Liberia for 32 years, said.
Some of his doings that earned him two consecutive awards as an employee of the month, included being prompt at his job. “As a former soldier I know what it means to be in time on your job,” he stated. “I just want to tell the leadership of the LFA a big thank you for caring for all the employees.”
Cole said he has asked God to bless LFA president Mustapha Raji and all his vice presidents for the new love and care that they have introduced at the LFA.
He meanwhile called on all the employees of the LFA and their associates to realize the good administration at the LFA and, as a result, they should work as hard as they can to bring success to the many football programs being introduced at the LFA.
“For me,” he promised, “I will continue to my best, God’s willing, to assist the LFA administration for success.”
Mr. Raji’s administration has instituted progressive reforms with emphasis to benefit players, stakeholders, media, and everyone that is connected with the development of football in Liberia.
When he took over the administration of football recently, records revealed that at U$200,000, sent from Confederation of African Football (CAF) to the LFA was diverted to an unknown account in Poland.
His office said the money was for the development of football in the country and efforts are being made with Polish FA authorities to uncover whose account the money was sent to.
His policy to reward particularly exceptional players has been praised throughout the country, as a step in the right direction. Raji and his group are utilizing the ideas of President George Manneh Weah that say those who benefit from football should be those who sacrifice for it.