The newly elected Liberia National Children and Youth Advisory Board (NCYAB-Lib) has been cautioned to be selfless and responsible in promoting the development and hopes of Liberian children.
Those elected included Hellen Momoh, chairperson, Emett Thogar, co-chair, Samuel Teah-Wantoe, secretary, Promise Gborweah, assistant secretary, and Nathan Gbelee as program officer.
Guest speaker Alfred P. K Cassell encouraged the leaders to work hard to realize their objectives. The induction ceremony was held recently at the Monrovia Christian Followership on 9th Street in Sinkor.
Cassell said each of the elected members must care about everyone else’s children. “We must recognize that the welfare of our children is intimately linked to the welfare of all other people’s children. When one of our children needs life-saving surgery, someone else’s child will perform it. If one of our children is harmed by violence, someone else’s child will be responsible,” he pointed out.
A good life can be secured for children only if a good life is also secured for all other people’s children, he maintained, and urged parents to begin extending support to other children in need.
“We must renew our commitment to improve the health, welfare and future of children. We can achieve this county-to-county, village-to-village, home-to-home and child-by-child until the goal of an equitable, merciful and joyful life for all God’s children is within our sight,” he said.
Inducting the officials, Ms. Myers, executive director of Messengers of Peace, urged them to be honest, passionate for change and exemplary for others.
Ms. Myers also pledged her commitment to work with the elected officials to ensure that honesty, commitment and responsible leadership are demonstrated.
Foday Kawah, Executive Director for Defense for Children International-Liberia, pledged his organization’s commitment to promoting the welfare of Liberia’s children.
“We have confidence in you that you can ensure that issues affecting children and youth will be addressed at all levels,” director Kawah said.
The ceremony was witnessed by several Liberians of note, including Mr. Varney Jersey of Liberia National Student Union, Mr. Abraham Keita, International Peace Prize Winner of 2015, and other representatives of youth groups.