“Stop fighting one another; establish an achievable goal and work collectively to achieve it.” This is the answer to our progress instead of complaining as to why we are not like the Somali Community.”
“Sitting supinely and focusing on the failures, the evils and wrongs of the past, and yet doing nothing to support the post war development effort of
Kolohun District is not an option.” He reminded his audience at the program which took place on Saturday, September 17.
Mr. Richard Sondah, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota (OLM), cited the Union of Liberian Association in the Americas (ULLAA) and his own Organization of Liberians in Minnesota (OLM), as two institutions fraught with ills in our community.
Chairman Sondah made these observations when he address citizens of the Kolahun District Development Association (KDDA), of Lofa County, resident in the state of Minnesota. while serving as Keynote Speaker and Installing Officer. of the Association‘s first leadership program.
In his two page speech, copy of which is in the possession of the Independent Eye News (IEN), Mr. Sondah pointed out, “the fact that you have chosen the path to support the people of Kolahun District, illustrates your understanding amongst your Members here and back home in Liberia.”
Mr. Sondah told his audience at the program that “after fourteen (14) years of the destructive war which decimated every corner and fabric of our nation including Kolohun District, you definitely have a burden on your shoulders.”
“As the Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Administration struggles to bring social,
economic and political relief as was “promised” Sondah stressed, “it would be a mistake to expect a quick, easy or total solutions to the problems of your district and the entire country.”
“It would also be a mistake to expect that the full satisfaction of your people in that area will be met. But it is equal or would even be a greater mistake to do nothing, sit back and simply say, that’s those people’s business.” He warned.
“Today in Liberia, Mr. Sondah went on, we can safely say we have escaped the darkness, the clouds have lifted a little so that new rays of hope can break through.”
“The pressure on the central government appears to be taking it in every county, district, clan, chiefdom, town and village to institute decades of denial of development.”
“For the first time in many years, specific steps are being taken to ensure that we exploit our full potential as a nation, seeking opportunities that will elevate our people and our nation.” He declared.
Political Pundits are puzzled over the failure of Chairman Sondah to cite those specific steps that are being taken to exploit our full potential as a nation seeking opportunities that will elevate our people and nation.”
“The struggle for democracy has never been a matter pursued by one race, class, religious community of gender. The election of your corps of officers epitomizes that. He observed.
Mr. Sondah again reminded his audience, “let us not forget those who brought us to this point; honoring those sons and daughters of Kolohun District who fought to have this arrangement today.” He noted.
He then reflected a historical path saying, “they knew that being united by a common vision and engendering a clear mission will lead to a better life for the people of Kolohun District.”
Chairman Sondah warned those elected saying “the task at hand will not be easy. Leading any Liberian Organization in Minnesota entails time, commitment and the total involvement of every Member,” apparently speaking from experience, he emphasized.
“Your primary focus should be placed on building the organization and its systems, transcending individual egos policies and self aggrandizement.” You must work to ensure the organization accomplishes its objectives.”
“If this is done, the people of Kolohun District will then realize their dreams and aspirations working with dignity with self-esteem, with confidence in the future.” Mr. Sodah predicted.
“Whatever agenda you have to accomplished, will be a cornerstone of building a butterflies of opportunity, freedom and prosperity for the people of your district whether they live here or back home in Liberia.”
“This will require nothing less than a relentless determination and effort to transcend the challenges that are inherent to succeeding. Therefore, in your endeavor,, I urged you to remain dedicated until the district can have all the schools it needs.”
“Remain dedicated until the district can have all the hospitals clinics, farm to market roads and full representation on the political table and until the rule of law can be applied to everybody in the district and eventually lead to more than what you have started here today.”
Chairman Sondah concluded by admonishing the new KDDA leadership to strive to work with every Liberian Community organization,” for the what he referred to as “the greater good of our community.”
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