Madam Emma Metieh-Glassco: The Brain Behind The Success Story Of  NaFAA – A Profile

Emma Metieh-Glassco, NaFAA CEO/Director General

The dormancy, and the little known information of this very important entity of the Liberian government is gradually touching the hearts of  many Liberians and foreign residents who are now appreciating the dynamic efforts of the first ever female Director General of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA), Madam Emma Metieh-Glassco for her transformational drive at this entity.

As its regular slot to highlight the success stories of individuals who are making progress at their respective institutions, the GNN-Liberia, one of Liberia’s widely browse online newspapers is this week pleased to highlight the success story of Madam Emma Glassco as Director General of NaFAA; her collective administrative leadership backed with the support of the rest of the team.

Beginning with the success story of Mrs. Emma Metieh-Glassco GNN-Liberia first took a periscopic look at her achievements over the years prior to her ascendancy as Director General and Chief Executive Officer of NaFAA, and what gave rise to this profile, according to report she is an achieved young Ocean Governance Expert with wealth of experience (over eight years) and knowledge in both fisheries and maritime sectors.

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According to World Maritime University where She obtained her Master of Science (MSc) in Maritime Affairs with emphasis in Ocean Sustainability Governance and Management from the World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmo, Sweden, where she extensively covered the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and other related maritime course modules such as International Maritime law and Policy, Multilateral Diplomacy and Negotiations etc.

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She also obtained a diploma in Ocean Governance and Sustainable Fisheries Management in Australia from the Australia National University (ANU).  At ANU she was afforded an opportunity to visit Rhodes University in Mauritius, East Africa, where she participated in a training on Sustainable Fisheries Management.

As a maritime professional, Madam Glassco, served her Internship at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Headquarters, London, United Kingdom. During her internship, she was privilege to serves as a National Observer at high level international conventions working sessions such as, the 71st session of the Maritime Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) organized by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the 67th session of the Technical Cooperation Committee (TCC) organized by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as well as the Abidjan Convention COP12 in Ivory Coast, West Africa.

Premised on her concrete academic credentials, professional competence and personal skills, the Liberian leader, President George Manneh Weah reposed his explicit confidence in her person, and she was appointment in February 2018 to serve as the Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA).

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As Director General and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NaFAA, she is charged with the mandate as enshrined in the Act establishing the Authority to regulate all fisheries and fisheries related activities, inclusive of Aquaculture within the Republic of Liberia, and to maximize revenue generation thereby enabling an increased contribution to the National budget of the Republic of Liberia; as well as to establish and strengthen relations with international bodies aimed at attracting potential investments for the development of the fisheries sector.

Back home as Director General of NaFAA, also described as the transformer of the entity has administratively won the hearts of many Liberians for her level of work at that entity backed with the support of her team mates including her deputies and other essential staff is doing everything possible for the growth of the Liberian government revenue intake.

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Information gathered by our team discovered that since her ascendancy as Director General of NaFAA has disproved critics that what a man did not do at that entity as head to improving it, a woman cannot do it, or do it better, but this seems to be to the contrary as Madam Glassco has done even more better in a shortest period of time.

Many of the workforce at NaFAA who exclusively spoke to the GNN-Liberia over the past weeks could not withhold their loud voices in praising the ‘DG’ for the level of work she has done since she was appointed by the Liberian leader, President George Manneh Weah in two years ago; creating international awareness and support on the importance of NaFAA.

NaFAA CEO/Director General Glassco

Her presence as CEO of NaFAA, several international supports continue to pour in including the signing of a fisheries grant agreement between Liberia and Japan in October 2019 for the donation of 400 Yamaha motorized engines to Liberian Artisanal Fishermen. At that time the NaFAA Boss declared that the donation will lead to a tremendous decrease in physical loses (spoilage) and astronomical increase in economic gains.

In April of this year (2020), another significant step was taken by the Glassco leadership making sure that the entity meets international standards through the setting up of a Fisheries Competent Laboratory

During the inauguration of these modern equipment, the NaFAA Director-General disclosed that all is set for the setting up and subsequent operation of a fisheries competent laboratory (Post-Harvest and Quality Assurance) as the state of the art Laboratory equipment has arrived in Monrovia under the Icelandic project.

State of the art lab equipment

Mrs. Glassco mentioned that NaFAA has also demonstrated its willingness to adopt ISO- International Organization for Standardization’s protocols of which will be laid out in its updated 2020 regulations and has gone one step further by ratifying international treaties such as the Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA), an FAO legal instrument in an effort to get the required accreditation either from USA, EU, UK among others for export.

In order to curtail illegal fishing in Liberia’s water, recently several Ivorian illegal fishermen were arrested and fined US$5,000.00 consistent with the 2010 Fisheries Regulations.

The Ivorian Boat which had entered Liberian waters illegally was arrested Wednesday, April 1, 2020 in Grandcess, Grand Kru County with the help of the Community Based Surveillance Network, a local community-based organization along fishing communities in Liberia’s nine coastal counties.

The seven illegal Ivorian fishermen are currently being detained by the local authorities in Grandcess and their semi industrial fishing boat has been confiscated.

Other Members Of The NaFAA Team

Mr. Augustine M. Manoballah – Deputy for Administration

Mr. Manoballah is the third immediate deputy Head of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority, appointed in February 2018 by President George M. Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia. He bags wealth of public and private sector experience as a Finance and Administrative Manager, offering over nine years of successful financial and managerial expertise specializing in financial reporting, budgeting, organizational management, monitoring and evaluation, and asset management.

He has a solid business background with strong knowledge of financial analysis, market research and analysis, GAAP, business planning, risk management and QuickBooks accounting system.

With a Master Degree in Ports and Shipping Administration from the Regional Maritime University in Accra (2013), he possesses technical knowledge of maritime administration, marine operations and logistics, marine insurance and maritime law, ports and ship management, and maritime safety and environmental protection.

He is credited for his extra skills in mediation and problem-solving, effective management, technical and supervision, group management and representation, as well as good oral and written communications skills. He’s also a Candidate for Master in Public Policy and Administration at the Carleton University in Canada and has a BBA in Accounting from the AME University in Monrovia (2010).

In his quest to further develop his professional career, he has bagged several Professional Training Certificates to include: Training in Int’l Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS)-MFDP, Training in Employability Skills-SPARK Liberia, Training in Investment & Entrepreneurship TICEIT Foundation Accra, Training in Responsible Leadership on Transparency and Good Governance-YALI Network, among other.

Mr. William Y. Boeh – Deputy for Technical Services

Mr. Boeh is the immediate deputy Head of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority. He was appointed in February 2018 by President George M. Weah. For over ten years, he’s been working with the Sector in various positions ranging from Deputy Coordinator to Director of Fisheries of the former Bureau of National Fisheries.

Such enriched work experience with various groups in the Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs), relevant government Ministries and Agencies and the local communities has enabled him to build up the ability to transform research into fishery policy and management plans; hence, the strategic facilitation of the reform of the fisheries management process in accordance with UNCLOS for the sustainable development of the sector.

He has a Masters degree in Marine Affairs and Fisheries Management from the University of Philippines, with specialization in Fisheries Management, Governance and Public Administration.

He has vested interest in Fisheries Development Programs, Food Nutrition for poverty reduction and Monitoring Control and Surveillance coupled with developing policy and guidelines in line with the Sustainable development goals # 14; the protection of lives below waters. He has an Undergrad Degree in Mathematics and Physics and is also a GIMPA trained Project Manager and Public Administrator.

With this level of high profile individuals equipped with professionalism, the team at NaFAA headed by Madam Glassoco is doing all in their professional powers to transforming the entity to its best in meeting international standards.

Photos credit: NaFAA website

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.