Outgoing Youth Minister Honored

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The Workers Union of the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Maintenance Department – on behalf of the contractors and casual workers, has tearfully honored outgoing Youth and Sports Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe for his exemplary leadership.

Mr. Nagbe has been appointed Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism (MICAT). This is his third portfolio. He first served as Minister of Transport.

The president and vice president of the MYS Workers Union, Mr. Kaffa Teah and Mrs. Joelta Bedell, in separate remarks yesterday at the Youth and Sports Ministry, praised Minister Nagbe for enabling the workers to organize themselves into a union and association for the first time since 2006, and for the level of openness, honesty and cooperation he encouraged.

The Workers Union gowned Minister Nagbe in appreciation of the outstanding two years he has guided them – but the laughter was short-lived with tears from the workers, especially the women.

Mr. Teah said it will be memorable for Minister Nagbe to serve instead of leaving, insisting that his deeds will be remembered.

He challenged the incoming Youth and Sports Minister Charles Saah N’tow to emulate the management style of Minister Nagbe.

For her part, Mrs. Bedell pointed out in a heartbreaking tone that the employees, contractors, consultants and casual workers will remember Min. Nagbe for his humility and passion to serve his country.

Maintenance Director Grace Wiah, in a very sad tone said they wouldn’t forget whenever Minister Nagbe “passes by them.”

On behalf of the Maintenance Department, Contractors and Casual Workers, she presented a bucket of flower to Min. Nagbe.

Earlier, Assistant Minister for Administration Madam Dorathy Smith and Deputy Sports Minister Henry B. Yonton, Jr., thanked Minister Nagbe for the “rewarding two years of leadership that united team.”

In separate remarks, both hailed the outgoing Minister for his leadership style, which made the Ministry to be among the best.

Making a turning over statement, Minister Nagbe hailed the Senior Management Team (SMT) for its cooperation.

He urged staffers to remain strong and hardworking and give similar cooperation to the incoming Minister.

He boasted of a massive youth program, especially the National Youth Service Program – an integrated peace building and development program which creates the platform for young Liberians who are college, technical school, and university graduates to be afforded with the opportunity to contribute to nation building.

He also boasted of a revised National County Sports Meet, which he said promotes national peace and reconciliation; provides opportunities for small businesses to increase income, and creates temporary employment for young athletes to demonstrate their talents.

Minister Nagbe also expressed as his success stories the Upcountry Basket Basketball Competition, which is named in honor of Dr. Harold McGowan — a Peace Corps Volunteer and mathematics lecturer who served Liberia with distinction for over three decades.

The Intra Governmental League – a physical fitness among employees of government to enhance cooperation and networking among government institutions and create short, medium and long term employment, including support to federations and associations through the National Budge.

To date, the ministry is providing funding to over 15 sporting federations and associations with the goal to assist the ministry in addressing the sporting passions of Liberian youth.

He presented the office key and symbolic file to the Deputy Minister for Administration, Dr. Nancy Freeman.

On behalf of newly confirmed Minister Charles Saah N’tow (who is on an official today at the UN Office in New York), Acting Minister Dr. Freeman hailed the Minister for his attractive leadership and kind spirit and assured him that his projects will continue.

Dr. Freeman said the Ministry will miss Minister Nagbe and his teamwork.

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