Our Personality of the Week is Col. Abraham S. Kromah, the man named to head the LNP’S operations for the peaceful transferred of power in the ensuring Liberian general and presidential elections come 2017.
Some Liberians including journalist, who observed the Liberian peace process, are of the opinion that Hon. Abe Kromah, deserve more for his selfless contribution during the Liberian Peace process, than has been attributed to him publicly.
Abe Kromah, as he is commonly called by many in Liberia and the USA, accordingly is the man who under tremendous risk and threat to his life, , took a sabbatical from the LNP (1 year leave of absent without paid) and signed a year contract with the UN to establish a security guard service, for the protection of the UN headquarters in the ULIMO control area of Bomi Hill.
During the period, he was requested by Mr. Traverse Gordon Summers; the UN Secretary General Representative to the Liberian peace process, to serve as a liaison between his office and that of Mr. Alhaji Kromah’s office, which he did effectively resulting to the deployment of the UNIMIL in the ULIMO held areas.
When the internal wrangling ensued between the ULIMO forces, he returned to the police and was reinstated and continued his career as a police office. He was later appointed as Deputy Director of police for CID affairs, in the LNP, during the interim Government, where he work with Directors Joe Tate, and Brownie Samuka respectively to address Armed Robbery, drug Trafficking and other lawlessness. Hon Kromah was later appointed Deputy Commission of Maritime for administration, and work along with Mr.Urey to monitor the Liberian Maritime registry.
At the end of the 1996 April 6, mayhem, Hon. Kromah was appointed by the interim government to lay the basis for the restructuring of the AFL and named the Chief of Staff with a rank of a Lieutenant General. After the election of President Taylor, Hon. Kromah resigned his post, because of philosophical and ideological differences.
He became a wanted man by the Taylor Government. Hon. Kromah got Visa to the USA, in 1997 and began a new life, where he earned three (3) Master degrees; one in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, two from Seton Hall University, focus on human resource management, and another in Education.
Hon Kromah worked for the State of New Jersey superior court. Prior to his employment with the state of New Jersey, he works with an autistic institution, where he mentored kids with behavior problems.
The inclusion of Hon. Kromah on the staff of the LNP leadershipduring the second turn of the Sirleaf administration, record a strong place in our history of successful and decisive police leadership, Liberian still cry for today.
His decisive action against law breakers and criminals left the society safe and secured. It is now cleared that his unceremonious removal left a vacuum in the LNP that left the security apparatus with a very fragile and uncertain security force.
On September of this year, Abe Kromah was reappointed by the Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and subsequently unanimously confirmed by the Liberian Senate, as Deputy Inspector General of Police responsible for operations.
It is wildly spread in Liberia that Hon Kromah effectiveness and the lack of evident in the many street talks and innuendos, about his character, was the basis of his reappointment and unanimously confirmed by the Liberian people. Liberians are hopeful and in most cases optimistic, for a safe conduct of their general and presidential elections come 2017 as a result of the appointment of Abe Kromah in the LNP, headed by Hon Gregory O.W Coleman.
As a student at the University of Liberia, Abe, as he was referenced on campus, was active in student politic, and is a founding member of the mass based Student Democratic Alliance,-STUDA, which is a strong studentpolitical party on the campus of the University of Liberia.
He is a family man, with four Children; 3 boys, and a beautiful loving Girl.
Founding member and press and public affairs officer of the Student Democratic Alliance (STUDA), University of Liberia.
Founding Member and elected to two terms as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Liberian Mandingo Association in the USA (FELMAUSA), USA
Elected Secretary General of the Board of directors of the IE Majestic Sport Association in New Jersey, USA- 2009.
Elected as the Northern New Jersey Representative to the Board of Directors of the Union of Liberia Association in the Americas (ULAA) 2009 and subsequently elected 2nd Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Union of Liberian in the Americas (ULAA) in -2011, Kromah has always been on the frontline for social justice and the protection of people’s rights.
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