Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson Koijee says it is disappointing that several prominent individuals in society turn down request from the people they serve when they are invited to programs.
Serving as keynote speaker during the weekend at the Seku Ibrahim High School in JJY Community, Gardnerville, Koijee suggested that the action of officials to turn down citizens’ invitation is a contributing factor to the many criticisms that government faces here.
“We officials of government must now begin to take our people serious. Every time when we are called at a particular program most often we don’t show up or not to even send a proxy. This attitude must be condemned in our society,” he says.
Koijee’s frustration was expressed at the program to which Central Bank Governor Nathaniel Patray, Montserrado Senator Saah Joseph, National Port Authority Managing Director Bill Tweahay and Deputy Finance Minister Samora Wollokollie were invited but did not turn out.
The officials were invited to attend the induction ceremony of newly elected student council officials and fund raising program at the Seku Ibrahim High School.
In his keynote speech, Mayor Koijee applauds the administration of the Seku Ibrahim High School for impacting knowledge into the students.
He describes the students as the next future leaders of the country, and further expresses sincere thanks and appreciation to the authorities at the school for giving the young people the opportunity that they deserve.
Koijee urges that officials here inspire the young people to become great leaders of tomorrow.
He says he is proud of the school, emphasizing that no matter its location, it was among the 30 schools that passed the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
According to him, that is something that he wants to see happening in this country, saying the school got his admiration.
Meanwhile, Mayor Koijee has also informed the school authorities that sanitation [program] will be established on various school campuses to work with the youth department at the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) to educate students on the cleanliness of the city.
For his part, the newly elected president of the Seku Ibrahim High School Musa M. Kromah has called on his fellow students to put their education first above anything so as to prepare themselves for the future.
“Today I want to challenge my fellow students and every student in this country to prioritize their education, for we all know that education is the backbone of any developed nation,” student Kromah says.
He vows to put the interest of the students first, and promises to be a good leader who will lead with love and compassion.
Student Kromah adds that the student council government recognizes a more civil approach as a bridge between the students and the administration.
By Lewis S. Teh –Edited by Winston W. Parley