The loud-spoken former Information Minister from the Doe era, Rev. J. Emmanuel Bowier is on his way back in government, to serve as an advisor to the Center for National Documentation, Records and Archives (CNDRA).
CNDRA Director General C. Neileh Daitouah made the disclosure over the weekend at the closure of a five-day in-house training workshop for staff of the agency to help sharpen their skills on record management.
A communication written to the veteran Liberian historian Rev. Bowier says the CDNRA boss with immediate effect has appointed the former Information Minister to serve as advisor for historical affairs at the agency on a pro-bono basis.
“It pleases me to appoint you as Advisor to the Director General on Historical Affairs and said appointment takes immediate effect; I hope that this appointment serves you well, as your contribution is highly needed to help us in the strengthening of our public records.”
Director Daitouah hopes that the appointment of Rev. Bowier will contribute significantly to the discovery of unknown historical events of the country as well as strengthen the archive holdings and make it more valuable to the government and people of the Republic of Liberia.
Reverend Emmanuel Bowier as he is affectionately called by many, has held several public offices, popular among which is when he served as Information Minister during the administration of slain President Samuel K. Doe up to the civil crisis.
He is also the producer and presenter of insightful historical programs on radio and television stations in the country.Rev. Bowier has meanwhile accepted the appointment and expressed willingness to provide his expertise to the National Archives.
in his acceptance message to Director General Daitouah, he expressed delight over the appointment, saying thanks for the confidence reposed in me by appointment as your Advisor on historical affairs, terms and condition specified are considered “for such a time as this’’, he concludes.
By Lewis S. Teh–Editing by Jonathan Browne