Marketers Challenged

Saturday, 23rd June 2007
Monrovia, Liberia -  Liberiaís Vice president Joseph N. Boakai has challenged Liberian marketers to put aside the bickering and strive to take the economy of their country into their hands.
He said governmentís desire is to see Liberians take over most of the things that foreign business people are now engaged in.
Vice President Boakai made the remarks Saturday when members of the Superintendents Council of the Liberia Marketing Association (LMA) presented him a petition calling for the withdrawal from the L.M.A Board of all national board members selected in Montserrado County to represent other counties.
Vice President Boakai reminded the marketers that there are a lot of people out there who want to help Liberian marketers, and that with the immense goodwill out there, there is a need  for Liberian marketers to work together.
He commended the superintendents for the quiet, orderly and peaceful manner in which they chose to resolve their problem this time around, and for embracing the Interim Management Team.
In the petition, the Superintendents said the National Board Members have failed to perform their duties as spelled out in Article 4.1,4 and 4.3B and C of the LMA Constitution.
They said they were dismayed to see some board members who were not even elected by their counties engaging in acts that have the propensity to divide the association.
In the petition read to the Vice President at his 12th Street office, the Superintendents  denounced the recent call by the Board of Directors for dissolution of the Interim Management Team constituted by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
The Superintendents Council in the petition passed a vote of no confidence in Madam Hawa Karnue and called for her removal from the National Board of Directors as Montserrado County Representative.
The Council recommended that henceforth, marketers within their counties elect representatives of counties on the board.
The resolution said marketers to be elected as Superintendents shall be table owners and shall be permanent residents of that county.
In the petition, the Superintendents urged the Government to maintain on the board ex-presidents of the L.M.A: Madam Kebeh Freeman, Mr. Tamba Suah, Mr. Jonathan Tugbe, Madam Martha Z. Say and Mr. Richard Winnie who, they observed, have demonstrated good behavior and moral conduct.