On Friday, the Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia (AFELL) ushered its new leadership into office during a ceremony held at the association’s head office on Broad Street in Monrovia.
The keynote speaker, former Public Works Minister Samuel Kofi Woods, expressed gratitude to the female lawyers’ leadership for the peaceful manner in which they conducted the affairs of the association.
He spoke on the theme, “Leadership Deficit in the Country.’’ The former Works Minister sees AFELL as a leadership that is championing the cause of justice for women and children.
Atty. Woods observed that some Liberians who came to the country under the guise of contributing and leaving their ‘lucrative jobs’ abroad are now leaving the country during these challenging periods.
“When President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was first elected in 2005,” said Atty. Woods, several Liberians returned home and took up jobs in government with many claiming that they left lucrative jobs abroad to come home and sacrifice. During the early days of the Sirleaf regime when the country was not experiencing difficult financial situations, many of the Liberians came home but are now leaving government because things have gone bad.”
“This deficit is a virus that is eating our country,” declared Woods.
According to him male dominance in every decision making process in the country has paralysed the visions that bring concrete and lasting developments.
He called on the female legal practitioners to be more united than ever if they are to overcome the many challenges facing the Liberian society.
Those inducted into office are: Attorneys Vivian Doe-Neal, president; Nadia Sartus-Kamara, vice president; Irene Saie, general secretary; Naomie Gray, chaplain; and Cllr. Dedded J. Wilson, treasurer.
Atty. Woods admonished the officers to remain humble, sincere, honest and trustworthy in demonstrating their leadership skills.