Thursday, December 2, 2010

Liberia Retires Karpeh, Kparghai, Hansford, Johnson from Foreign Service

- Ministry of Foreign Affairs, RL

Source: FPA

RETIREMENT DAY: Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, J. Levi Demmah congratulates Ambassador-at-Large Carlton Carpeh. Demmah expressed gratitude and praised the retirees for their long and distinguished services rendered the Liberian Government and People which will forever be remembered.

Monrovia - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has honorably retired four of its senior employees following long years of distinguished and dutiful public service rendered the Government and People of Liberia.

According to a Foreign Ministry release, the honorees were retired and presented retirement packages by the Liberian Government through the Ministry of Finance and Civil Service Agency (CSA), in line with its regulations. Those retired include Senior Ambassador-At-Large, Ambassador Carlton Karpeh; Ambassadors-At-Large, J. Charles Hansford and Trohoe Kparghai; and Inspector-General, Francis B.S. Johnson.

Speaking during the brief ceremony recently, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, J. Levi Demmah expressed gratitude and praised the retirees for their long and distinguished services rendered the Liberian Government and People which will forever be remembered.

Retirees, Karpeh, right, Acting Minister Demmah, Chief of Protocol Eddie Dunn, left and Ambassador Hansford.

The Acting Foreign Minister further disclosed that an official honoring and investiture program is being organized shortly in which the President of Liberia, Her Excellency Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will be in attendance.

In a special tribute before presenting the retirement packages on behalf of the Ministry of Finance and his Agency, Civil Service Agency (CSA), Principal Director, Alfred Drosaye pointed out that Government had deemed it necessary to provide the distinguished honorees a “special gesture” under the CSA Pension Law for their long years of invaluable services to the Government and People of Liberia.

Acting Foreign Minister Demmah reminded the retirees that their social security benefits are being processed by the Liberian Government through the National Social Security & Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP).

Responding on behalf of his three colleagues, Senior Ambassador-At-Large Carlton Karpeh reminded Liberians that the aim of engaging in public service is not to prolong one’s presence in service; rather it must be a duty, privilege and pleasurable opportunity to serve his country. He cautioned the younger ones to emulate the examples of the older ones and perform their duty with diligence so that when they retire they can pass on the virtue.

Ambassador Karpeh expressed thanks to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for her leadership role and noted that Liberia was truly on the road to economic recovery. The outgoing Senior Ambassador-At-Large lauded Government for the honor and promised to be available whenever he’s called upon.

Earlier in brief remarks, the Chief of Protocol of the Republic of Liberia, Ambassador Edward Dunn termed the day a great day. He stressed that when one enters an institution at an early age, serve well, serve honestly and diligently and at the end is retired honorably, it must be considered a great day and a step in the right direction for others to follow. He commended the honorees for being a great help. He reminded them that from time to time they will be called upon for advice and guidance.

The Deputy Director-General of the Foreign Service Institute, Dr. Augustine Konneh, for his part, thanked the Ministry for recognizing the efforts and contributions the retirees made while serving as Ambassadors for Liberia. He thanked them for their exemplary service. Dr. Konneh hoped that the honorees continue to be a resource reservoir for the Foreign Ministry and expressed confidence that they will provide their expertise whenever called upon.

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Men with unhealthy characters should not champion any noble cause

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Solving problems in the absence of war talks

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