President George Weah has lauded recipients of this year’s Golden Image Award (GIA) for their “immense contribution and invaluable services in making Liberia a better society.”
At GIA’s eighth edition, and the first one held in the Weah administration, the President said the time is right to honor people who have done well for the growth of Liberia and society as a whole, no matter where they come from.
President Weah has, therefore, called on Liberians to forgo their personal ego and honor people to whom honor is due irrespective of political, ethnic or religious differences for the betterment of the country.
The President’s statement was contained in his keynote address, delivered at the GIA’s ceremony, which was hosted at the Monrovia City Hall. The President pointed out that those who deserve such awards encourage others to work tirelessly in contributing to humanity in their respective areas.
“These are the things that help impact the society, irrespective of political lines,” Weah said, urging Liberians to review the country’s national commitment that will ensure lasting peace and development. “We must build a prosperous nation and in so doing hold together our national identity,” the President said.
He urged all recipients of the GIA to continue exhibiting a good character that led them to winning the award. “This is the time to give honor to those who have done well for a better Liberia and society, and I want to thank Madam Endee, our culture ambassador, for creating this platform that aims to award people for their different roles played in society,” he said.
The President also used the occasion to appreciate Liberia’s Culture Ambassador Juli Endee for her pivotal role being played in the country. “We are gratified by your contribution in the promotion of peace and the upholding of our cultural heritage,” President Weah said.
He lauded the Executive Director of the LCP, Madam Juli Endee, for her significant role played in upholding peace in Liberia. “This woman, Madam Juli Endee, has played major roles in making our country stable and peaceful. She is a true Liberian,” President Weah added.
The GIA award, according to Amb. Endee, is a Liberian crafted initiative award, made of Liberian wood and precious metals and used to confer honors on organizations, individuals and nations that have contributed significantly to world peace, human rights, health, democracy and development.
Amb. Endee explained that the GIA, founded in 2011, is an annual awards ceremony organized by the Liberia Crusaders for Peace (LCP) and executed by the GIA Secretariat.
The awards are intended to honor individuals and organizations for their outstanding contributions to mankind and society over the years.
“The GIA’s initiative is a venture and opportunity to promote and encourage effective leadership, positive legacies, democracy, community engagement, and arts and culture,” she said.
Several recipients of the GIA were in different categories, including arts and culture, education, democracy and rule of law, health, development and empowerment, etc. Some recipients of the GIA, included Liberty Party’s Standard Bearer Charles Walker Brumskine, Madam Mai Urey, Mrs. Ruth Ceasar, former lawmaker and women advocate, former Liberia Revenue Authority Commissioner Madam Elfrieda Tamba, and Frank Sainworla, a Journalist.
Former Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai, who presented the awards to the recipients, reaffirmed his continued commitment towards ensuring that the country remains stable and better for the ordinary population.
In remarks, Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, former political leader and presidential candidate of the opposition Liberty Party (LP) in the 2017 elections, noted that the award is a testimony for which he is on the right side of history in championing democracy and the rule of law. Cllr. Brumskine, said that while the decision of the LP and its collaborating political parties did not go down well with some Liberians, that decision was in the interest of all.
“Our country will be built and it will be built only on the rule of law. We will be built not because we are all alike, but because we are unalike and with different ideas. And so in the interest of development, each must be given the chance to express his/her idea that varies from the ideas of others,” he said.