- Published on Thursday, 27 December 2012 06:58
- Written by Dyujah Bestman
The Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) has concluded its 47th General Assembly with the election of a new leadership to steer the affairs for the next four years.
The new leadership succeeded the Theresa Leigh Sherman administration which served for two consecutive terms.
The General Assembly elected Mr. Emmanuel Kpah, president of the Liberian Red Cross over his contender David Vinton.
Other officials elected include Mr. Josephus Ben, first Vice president, Madam Elizabeth Barwon, second vice president, Mr. Sando Farmwen, third vice president and Mr. Alexander Siafa, national treasurer.
The newly elected President of LNRCS, Emmanuel Kpah said during his tenure accountability, Integrity, decentralization and sustainability of the Liberian Red Cross will be his top priorities.
The General Assembly which is the highest decision making body of the Red Cross also reviewed progress reports and adopted a new resolution as a way forward in addressing existing challenges to the prospect of the Red Cross.
The outgoing President Madam Theresa Leigh Sherman acknowledged the commitment of volunteers to the service of humanity and the support given her leadership by donor partners and the government of Liberia.
Madam Sherman said while there were lots of successes under her leadership, she reminded her successor of the enormous challenges ahead but pointed out that it requires dedication and passion for vulnerable people.
The Assembly was held under the theme: “Reposition LNRCS to Deliver More and Better” took placed at the Fair Ground Pavilion in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County from December 17-19, 2012.
The general assembly brought together various delegates from the 15 political sub-divisions of Liberia and donor partners to discuss challenges and progress made during the last four years.
She commended the delegates of the LNRCS for being a part of the 47th General Assembly and donors especially the British Red Cross, Swedish Red Cross, Danish Red Cross, , Spanish Red Cross, Norwegian Red Cross, Finish Red Cross, Canadian Red Cross, including the International Committee on the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Government of Liberia for their support to the red cross society in Liberia over the last ten (10) years.
She said that the 47th General Assembly was to give excellent opportunities to partners aimed at helping vulnerable Liberians who are faced with numerous problems ranging from health, environmental, maternal, Climate Change, Migration, among others.
“The moment is also appropriate to discuss the operational capacity constrain of the Liberia National Red Cross (LNRCS) to reduce rapidly changing and expanding challenges presenting themselves in the forms of disease, climate change, migration and the consequences of rising organization including urban ones and tolerant” she added.
Madam Leigh Sherman challenged the Government of Liberia and its partners to play a robust role in tackling some of the major challenges that are faced by Liberians.
She said if the Liberia National Red Cross Society must progress, it requires the coordination and cooperation of the Government of Liberia and its partners to bring on the table those major challenges that vulnerable people in the country are faced with.
For his part, the representative of the British Red Cross Mr. Eric Roger Smith commended Madam Sherman for the job and the level of improvement in the implementation of projects across Liberia.
He promised that the British Red Cross Society (BRCS) will continue to support the LNRCS so as to make the operation of the Liberian Red Cross efficient, effective and reliable in rendering services to the populace.