‘No More Hand Picking’ As Independent Orator To Be Vetted


The Government of Liberia will for the first time institute a vetting process in selecting a National Independence Day Orator.

Making the disclosure at a joint press conference in Monrovia Thursday, the Assistant Minister for Children & Social Protection at the Ministry of Gender & Development, Mamina Carl said President George M. Weah has instructed a specialized committee, formulated from both the Ministry of Gender and the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC), to carry out a rigorous vetting exercise in selecting this year’s Independence Day Celebration Orator.

According to her, the Liberian leader this time around chooses not to follow the path of his predecessors, where independence day orators were handpicked to address the nation during its most historic event.

She said as a leader who hails from Gebrata – one of the slummiest communities in Liberia, President Weah intent is to vet out the best young person regardless of their family economic status, vicinity and religious affiliation.

The Gender Ministry Assistant Minister intoned that vetting process for the selection of the Independence Day Orator begins today (Friday, June 22, 2018) with only persons between the ages of fifteen (15) to thirty-five (35) are eligible to send in their entries.

“Since we are taking people between the ages 15 to 35, we will be taking into consideration entries of high school students, high school graduates, college students, college graduate and people within the specified age range that holds at least a Master Degree,” Assistant Minister Mamina Carl averred.

She said the specialized committee is very committed to the process and will ensure that every level of transparency will be applied during the vetting processes.

“This vetting exercise will run up to the 13th of July and so we are asking the general public to fully participate. After all of the entries are made, our specialized committee will set up a panel which will be comprised of some credible Liberians, who will not have ties with any specialized committee members, to carry out the live broadcast vetting process,” she added.

For his part, the Mayor of the City of Monrovia, Jefferson T. Koijee said the president decision is predicated upon his love for country and his passion to bring out the best hidden in young people across the country.

He said as a charismatic leader, President Weah sees the development of young people as a trump card to improving the Liberian society and to safeguard the future generation from sinking into educational, economic and political deprivations.

“Since the foundation of this country, there has been no president who has though in such a direction, this decision of the president to vet out the best young person to serve as Independence Day Orator just demonstrate to us that Liberia is all that he has and he can do anything to help it improve,” he averred.

Commenting on his recent motor accident saga that caused outrage on social media, the MCC boss said he is thankful to God for saving his life and he appreciates everyone who identified with him during the occurrence of the sad incident.

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