Written by Our Senior Staff
Thursday, 03 January 2013 20:32
The Dai Qua-Media Services based in the United Kingdom has honored Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan for his contribution to the unification of the Liberian community in the UK. The honoring ceremony took place at the conference room of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia.
The Liberian-Diaspora based media entity is an active entity that brings Liberians together in the UK and is headed by Veteran Liberian Journalist Douglas Farngalo formerly of the Catholic Church run ELCM Community Radio or Radio VERITAS.
Victor Andrews, on behalf of the Diaspora-based media group, disclosed that the Foreign Minister was honored recently during an honoring program held in Birmingham, the UK.
According to Mr. Andrews, the program was held in honor of individual Liberians who are contributing to the unification of the Liberian community in the UK among which the Foreign Minister is placed at the top.
He recalled Minister Ngafaun’s prompt response to speak to the Liberian community in the Kingdom during last year’s Independence Day celebration despite an eleventh hour invitation extended the honorable Minister.
“You promised that time that you would ensure that the issuance of Liberian passports is launched within seven weeks in the UK, a promise you lived up to”, Mr. Andrews who presented the certificate of honor on behalf of Douglas Farngalo stated.
He added, “Indeed there have been Ministers of Foreign Affairs but your farsightedness is highly appreciated”.
Receiving the award, Foreign Minister Ngafuan said he was very elated by the honor bestowed upon him and transmitted his gratitude to Daiqua Media Services and all Liberians living in the United Kingdom.
Minister Ngafuan stressed that unity among Liberians must not only exist at home but also among Liberians in the Diaspora and said the only way Liberians in the Diaspora can impact more positively on the peace and progress of our nation is to cluster in Liberian groups working for their collective wellbeing and for the country.
“We promised that we would address the issue of access to passport because the lack of easy access to Liberian passport is posing unnecessary burden on all Liberians in the Diaspora. That’s what we promised in the UK and that’s what we delivered”, Minister Ngafuan remarked.
He then revealed that modalities are being worked out for the launch of the Liberian ECOWAS Biometric Passports in other parts of Europe.
Foreign Minister Ngafuan said the honor has propelled him to work more robustly for the promotion of the interest of Liberians both at home and abroad.
The Foreign Minister stated that Liberians in the Diaspora are directly under the oversight of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as such “your pains are our pains and your smiles are our smiles”.
Under his watch, the Liberian ECOWAS Biometric Passports have been launched and being issued in the UK and the United States, something the media group highly applauded the Foreign Minister for.