Tuesday, August 17, 2010

OPODL Hosts Forum, Honors Minister Brownie Samukai in Minnesota

 By: Josiah Dorbor
Source: The Liberian Journal

(L-R) Garden Inn Hotel, Minister Brownie Samukai

The Organization for the Promotion of Development in Liberia, OPODL, has scheduled a town hall-style forum and an honoring evening dinner for Brownie Samukai-- Liberia’s Minister of National Defense--in Minnesota, The Liberian Journal (TLJ) has learned.

“Honorable Brownie J. Samukai will be our guest from the 20th to the 22nd of August, 2010”, said a release issued by OPODL.

“ We have scheduled two major events in Minnesota for Mr. Samukai: the town hall is geared towards discussing and updating Liberians on the current security situation in Liberia; while the second event is a ‘Dinner Reception’ in honor of his service to Liberia”, added the release.

Abraham Kamara, OPODL’s public relation officer, noted that “security is one of the leading issues on the minds of Liberians everywhere, especially in the Diaspora”, and that Samukai, one of Liberia’s foremost experts on security, “is the right person to address the numerous security concerns Liberians in the Diaspora have about their country”.

OPODL, a group recently formed to promote the development agenda of the Liberian government as well as the second term bid of President Johnson-Sirleaf, also said it is impressed with Minister Samukai’s long years of service to his beloved country, adding “he has served Liberia with great distinction and therefore deserves our appreciation”.

To celebrate the minister’s “selfless contributions to his native land”, OPODL said it was honored to feature what its officials called “a great honoring and appreciation dinner for Minister Samukai”, at the Hilton Garden Inn, in Maple Grove, an hour after the town hall forum.

OPODL is a political pressure group registered in the state of Minnesota—with a public declaration of an unqualified support for the reelection of President Sirleaf-- citing her ability “to deliver economic and social development since taking office in January of 2006”.

“Liberia”, it confidently argued,” is being transformed at an unprecedented pace under the able leadership of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf”.

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