In an effort to draw more females into the welding profession in the country, the Liberia Welding Society Union (LIWESU) is encouraging women to take advantage of the invitation to be trained as welders.
“We are calling on interested women to come and get the latest training provided by the Union to enable more females to become part of the sector. Other countries have more females in the profession who are doing well,” he said.
Speaking recently at the Liberia Welding Society Union (LIWESU) in Paynesville, the secretary general, Abdullah A. Nuah, explained that the organization had trained some females in other parts of the country, including 50 in Gbarpolu and 45 in Montserrado, but needed more women to join the profession.
According to him, all welding centers across the country have been instructed to campaign vigorously to convince more females to see the profession as a noble one that creates a livelihood and opportunities to contribute to society.
“As part of an effort to contribute to the country through this noble profession, we donated several cooking pots valued at US$20,000 to the Ministry of Health for delivery to hospitals and orphanages in Liberia,” said Mr. Nuah.
“We used this noble profession to contribute to the security sector of the state by refurbishing the cells and detention facilities at 25 depots of the Liberia National Police (LNP) in and around Monrovia, valued at US$18,000.00,” Mr. Nuah further disclosed.
Since the union was launched in May 2014, it has established its own credit union, which is serving as the financial empowerment arm of the union to its members. Mr. Nuah described the credit union as cardinal to the economic growth of the welders in Liberia, adding that many union members have purchased shares in the credit union.
“The union’s membership registration, which began from its inception as an umbrella organization for the metal sector, has seen the registration of over 40,000 welders throughout the country. We will continue to expand our membership until all welders in the country are enlisted,” he declared.
According to him, the sector is faced with many challenges in promoting the advancement of the metal sector in the country, including the establishment and maintenance of branches throughout the country and the financial empowerment of its membership nationwide.
He added that the issue of standardized welding training for it members and incorporation of more females were also among the serious challenges facing the union.