The Comptroller of the National Port Authority, Madam Christiana Paeley, has called on all Liberians to work tirelessly in preserving the peace the country is enjoying today.
She made the call over the weekend following the Golden Image Award Women’s Forum held at the Liberia Crusaders for Peace headquarters in Monrovia, proxying for the NPA Managing Director, Madam Matilda Parker.
According to NPA Comptroller “It has taken us decades to reach thus far as Liberia as Nation was built some 166 years ago. Today Liberia needs critical attention and care. The peace we are enjoying today has cost many lost of lives and a breakdown of our societal values,” Mrs. Paeley noted.
She further stated that if Liberians don’t make good choices and take responsibility for their actions the peace will be lost. She, therefore, urged everyone that they must learn respect for themselves and others, tolerance pursuit of education, making business and pursuing vocational and technical training.
“The young generation of women will have to learn to make sacrifices and make the right choices for the growth of themselves, which will translate to Liberia’s development and the preservation of the peace. You all bear witness that during the civil conflict, while the unarmed men were hiding in the ceilings, under the beds or in the deep forest, the women of Liberia were out doors finding food for our families, moving from one country to the other calling on Nations to help and demanding the leaders of the warring factions to end the war. There were instances when you women had to fast and pray, sleep on benches and undergo hardships that we can neither describe nor mention here. But one thing is clear: Liberia is at peace.”
Madam Paeley used the occasion to warn especially the young generation of women to choose not to make merry and live in the fantasy of luxuries at the expense of working hard for education, career, business and vocational training.
She urged the young girls and women not to follow after material things and night clubs.
“Those who for get the past, are bound to repeat it,” she stressed as she cautioned the young people not to repeat the mistakes of the past.
Several women peace groups attended the forum and explained their stories of how they contributed towards the peace that Liberia enjoys today. Women who told some interesting stories were awarded certificates.
Among the groups that participating in the program were WIPNET, Women against Crime, Rural Women, Liberia Marketing Association, National Traditional Council, Travel and See among others.
Cultural Ambassador Juli Endee, who is the executive director of Crusaders for Peace, said that the activity is part of the Golden Image Award Celebration remembering those who have helped Liberia to reach thus far.