A pro-democracy group, African Media Network of Liberia in partnership with the Independent Civil Society Network recently honored Liberia’s Public works Minister Mobutu Vlah Nyenpan for his dedication and commitment to duty.
The African Media Network of Liberia is a consortium of media practitioners and CSO actors operating as a pro-democracy institution.
The honoring program took place in the conference room of the Minister. Making a special recognition statement, the group spokesman Mr. Jeremiah E. Paye said, their decision to honor the Public Works Minister is based on his hard work.
Highlighting summary of the Minister’s achievement over a short period of time, the media group said it recognized the Minister and delegation negotiation visit to Japan, Tokyo where bidding process for the commencement of rehabilitation work on the other two lane of the Somalia Drive was launched.
In addition, the group mentioned the Minster and delegation’s inspection tour of roads in the Southeast as an initiative intended to end the travelling difficulties usually experienced by people in that part of the country.
Speaking further, Mr. Paye said the recent visit in Asia for the negotiation of a US$536 million loan agreement for the Coastal Highway, plans to connect Bali Island and 12th street with Kessely Boulevard are among many reasons why they think Minister Nyenpan and his team should be honored.
“Your role in the negotiation of US$536 million dollars agreement for the Costa Highway, your plans to connect Bali Island and overhead bridge to connect 12th Street with Kessely Boulevard are the motivational factors behind our decision to honor you Minister, said Group Chairman Jeremiah E. Paye.
Accordingly, the group noted that, these activities speak volume of Minister Nyenpan’s commitment and willingness to serve the Liberian people.
The group maintained that people should be criticized, but at the sometime they should be giving their flowers for doing good work.
“It is in the spirt of recognizing hard working government officials that we have come to honor you”, Paye conclude.
Accepting the award, the former Sinoe County Senator thanked the African Media Network of Liberia for the honor bestowed on him, adding, he was delighted that, having serve as minister for only 2 months, a pro-democracy group has recognized his work and have decided to honor him and his team.
“We are delighted that having serve as minister for precisely 2 months, you have recognized our efforts and have decided to honor us”, Minister Nyenpan told the group.
He told the group that Liberia’s infrastructure challenges are enormous, and that he sees his calling as Public Works Minister as a herculean task.
He termed the award as not only public recognition but a motivation and challenge to work harder and bring relief to the people Liberia and promote trade and commerce.
“What you have done today is a clear demonstration that, there are people in society that are watching, and is this type of watch dog activities that keep our feet to the fire to do more”, he emphasized.
Meanwhile, Minister Mobutu Nyenpan has praised his staff for their support to him, noting, without them, his effort will not have been recognized.