The Executive Director of the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE) has been honored by the African Media Network in Liberia (AMN) as ‘Development Specialist of the Year 2016’. The honoree was recognized for LACE’s commitment to improve the living standards of poor communities in the country by providing and strengthening basic social services,
Father Bladee, National Vice Chairman of Media Outreach of the AMNL, who presented the certificate of honor to Julius Sele, said the group decided to recognize his efforts at LACE following the conclusion of a survey the group conducted on the agency’s projects in the country.
He said Mr. Sele has over the years proven himself not only as an able leader, but also as a true Liberian who is at the heart of and carrying out a lot of developments in communities on behalf of the government.
“It is our belief that persons who perform remarkably in the nation’s development or whose overall achievements are outstanding are worthy of celebration. It is for this reason that the AMNL awards you this certificate, because your works speak volumes to the public,” Bladee said.
In response, Mr. Sele thanked the group for recognizing LACE’s efforts, particularly in the rebuilding process of Liberia. He pledged the agency’s continued commitment to its role to improve local communities.
At a well-attended ceremony last Friday, Sele promised that the agency will continue to engage the citizens in a surest way to reach development goals.
He further stressed the need for more support to the agency in ensuring that the agency meets its development aspirations.
The LACE Executive Director commended the Government of Liberia, World Bank, European Union, African Development Bank and other partners for their support.
According to him, such achievements, coupled with the gradual availability of tangibles in various communities, represent confidence being built by LACE, and increased budgetary support to the agency will be in the right direction as part of efforts to address poverty.
“Lawmakers and other local leaders should see LACE as the channel of connecting them with the population because development brings cordiality between citizens and their leaders,” he said.
He also called on citizens to begin petitioning their lawmakers to increase budgetary support to LACE if the progress being made must remain on course.