Authorities of the Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia (EPA) over the weekend retired ten employees in accordance with the laws of Liberia.
Those retired includes Scholastical Y.G. Doe, Gender Coordinator, Titih M. Clarke, Environmental Inspector, William T. Sahr, Janitor, William G. Gibson, Environmental Inspector, Sarah Zammie, Janitor, Edwin B. Fahnbulleh, Environmental Inspector, Sackor P. Kollie, Heavy Duty Mechanic, Joseph G. Yeneken, Protected Area Officer, Charles N. Harris Jr., Security and Sam J. Dugbe, Environmental Inspector.
They were honored for their services to the EPA and the country at a colorful ceremony held at the agency’s office on 4th Street.
The ceremony, which attracted friends, family members and staff of EPA was planned and executed by the Human Resource Department headed by Madam Ella D. Duncan.
EPA Executive Director, Dr. Nathaniel T. Blama lauded the honorees for their innumerable contributions to the protection of the environment.
He dismissed the idea that they were being retired and explained that environmentalists like medical doctors cannot be retired.
Dr. Blama told the honorees that the EPA would call upon them when the need arises, given their experiences.
He called on family members of the retirees to embrace them and show them love as they transition.
He indicated that the honorees are blessed to be given their flowers while they still have breaths.
“Many persons who served here before you or with you never had the opportunity to be honor like its being done to you today,” the EPA Boss told the retirees.
He presented an unspecified among of money enclosed in envelops to each of the honorees and promised that the government will get to them in subsequence time.
The retirees were also gown by EPA Deputy Executive Director, Randall M. Dobayou and Madam Duncan.
Speaking on behalf of the honorees, Joseph G. Yeneken, former Protected Area Officer thanked Dr. Blama for the honor bestowed on them.
“Many persons wanted to see this day, but they didn’t see it”, Yeneken said cheerfully.
He narrated how many persons left the agency during its infancy because they were not being paid, but “we decided to stay believing that things were going to improve”.
Mr. Yeneken, who is recovering from stroke, said he was happy when Dr. Blama and Randall M. Dobayou were named as Executive and Deputy Executive Directors by President George Weah, because they went through hard times here and known they would work to change the situation.
He challenged young people currently in the employ of the EPA to take advantage of training opportunities being afforded by Dr. Blama to advance their careers.
Christopher K. Peters, a family member of the honorees also thanked Dr. Blama and said the ceremony was a manifestation of gratitude for the services their parents rendered the EPA and Liberia.