…Leadership calls for support
The President of the Liberia Association of Writers (LAW) has stressed the need for more support to the organization so it would be more active in its operations as new officers take over the mantle of authority from their predecessors.
Samuel G. Dweh made the remarks at the induction ceremony of LAW officials held at the main campus of the University of Liberia.
At the end of the program Dweh told journalists that though the organization has a new leadership to steer its affairs, a lot of challenges still lie ahead of them, alleging that his office met US$15 in the organization’s account, where they were expecting to find over US$3,000 in savings.
He reported that out of an expected L$200,000, his office inherited the amount of L$48,000, an act he termed “a serious challenge that needs to be addressed.”
”In order to make LAW a vibrant institution in Liberia, we need to work together and push the agenda of this institution,’’ Dweh told his colleagues.
President Dweh said despite these challenges, he is going to do everything possible to bring LAW to the international scene, and promised to ensure accountability and transparency during his leadership. The high official of LAW frowned on his predecessor who, according to him, failed the organization by failing to be accountable.
The one time vice president for operations of LAW said he relinquished said position because the then leadership lacked accountability and transparency.
“If you are to perform a particular task and you cannot, it means you have failed. The writers association should write to be publicized, this has to do with visibility,” Dweh noted.
Meanwhile the induction ceremony brought together writers, educators, and representatives from the embassies of China and Ghana among others. Dweh used the medium to extend his sincere thanks and appreciation to the Chinese Embassy for its level of support to the organization.
It may be recalled that the Chinese Embassy donated a desktop computer and assortment of books to the organization.
Meanwhile, making remarks at the end of the induction ceremony, Mr. Keith Neville Asumuyaya Best, encouraged young Liberian writers to get more involved in writing. He noted that it is about time that writers in Liberia put on their thinking cap and work hard to tell the full story of the Liberian society.
Best recalled that over the years, the full Liberian story has not been told, which he said has resulted to Liberians copying foreign cultures. “Learning other people’s culture is good, but ours should be prioritized,” he said.
“The Liberian Association of Writers has a role to play in the transformation of our society. The new leadership should now work very hard to bring the Liberian culture close for people to see and love,” he said.
Best stressed that the need to tell the full Liberian story must first begin with thinking, adding, “He who thinks well, writes well; and as such, this is a good start.”
The keynote speaker said he sees the new leadership of LAW as the dawning of a new day for every Liberian writer.
The newly inducted LAW officials were: Samuel G. Dweh, President; Gbawu Woiwor, Vice President for Administration; Charles Tiah, Vice President for Operations; G. Addy Cummings, General Secretary; Paul N. Walker, Financial Secretary; and Elfreda Johnson, Treasurer.