History was made on the 12th of November 2021 as the Government of Liberia through the Center for National Documents and Records Agency (CNDRA) and the Sixth Region Diaspora Caucus (SRDC) in collaboration with SEHWEH-Liberia signed a memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the construction of a ten-storey building for the First Liberia Pan African Library in Monrovia.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, The Director General of the Center for National Document, Records and Archives, Emmanuel Lomax , said the long awaited dreams of both the Government and that of the partners have finally been actualized for the for the good people of Liberia and Africa in general.
He further said that with the approval of the land deeds by the government is clear indication that President George Weah led administration is serious about the project aimed at giving resources for research and building the total minds in the country.
The DG commended the partners, especially the Executive Director of the Sixth Region Diaspora Caucus (SRDC) Dr. David Horne for leading such initiative for the Liberian People.
Mr. Lomax further stated that the project is in line with the government's developmental agenda.
According to him, the role of the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Sehwah Liberia, Madam Louise Siaway for negotiating with the partners to ensure that such a vital project come to Liberia was patriotic.
He called on other Liberians to emulate the role of the former Assistant Information Minister Culture who is using her private life to make impactful contribution to national development through her negotiation power.
Mr. Lomax further said with the signing of the MOA that of which he signed on behalf of the Liberian Government and the Executive Director of the Sixth Region Diaspora Caucus (SRDC) Dr. David Horne signed on behalf of the partners with the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Sehwah Liberia Madam Louise Siaway witnessing has now commenced the actualization of the first Pan-Africa Library project.
He told the gathering that all legal documents for the land that the Public Library will be constructed are all in place that give rise to the singing of the MOA.
The Executive Director of the Sixth Region Diaspora Caucus (SRDC) Dr. David Horne while speaking at the historical event , said SRDC is committed towards giving Liberia first Pan African Liberia in Monrovia .
Dr. Horne said an educated people and educated youth are the beat of the heart of a successful nation.
“Liberia was the first independent African Country there is no other place that we should be a part of choosing other African Countries, there is no other place we should than Liberia “he indicated.
According to him, following the completion of the building, fifty youths will be selected and sent to the United States purposely to study library science in order to manage the Liberia Pan African Library.
The Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sehwah Liberia Madam Louise Siaway thanked the Government of Liberia for the cooperation and commitment for the construction of the first Pan African Public Library in Monrovia, Liberia as tool to give quality education to the younger Liberians .
Also speaking was the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of States for Presidential Affairs Anthony Quiwonkpa who reflected on the role of every partner to making the vision for the Pan -African Library a reality.
He said the library project is a clear actualization of the Government Pro-poor Agenda for Development and Prosperity mostly for the young people of Liberia in the area of education that of which the Library is a part.
Present at the event are: President George Weah ably represented by Hon Anthony Quiwonkpa Deputy Minister of the Ministry of States for Presidential Affairs, Hon. Emmanuel Lomax, Director General, Center for National Documents and Records Agency, Dr. David Horne, Executive Director, Sixth Region Diaspora Caucus (SRDC), Mrs. Louise W. McMillian Siaway – CEO/Founder , Sehwah Liberia, Dr Barryl A Biekman, Ambassador African Diaspora Union, Netherlands, George Gibbs Mack, USA,Jessica Deneshure Harrison, Atlanta Georgia, USA, Nichol Lashaun Davis-Brown, USA Donia A. Whaley, USA , Joseph Harrold Palmer, USA , Jeffery D. Nickelson, USA Frances Lajean Barcliff, USA , Pauline Clay, USA , Line, Juliette Jeanine Hilgros, Caribbean Region, USA ,Edward Prince De Costa Miller, Netherlands, Prince Cletus Ilobanafor, Nigeria, West Africa, Frank Norman, USA ,Shewanda Norman Atlanta Georgia, USA
The signing of the agreement for the building of the first Pan- African Library marks the end of the International Summit of the Sixth Regional Diaspora Caucus held in Monrovia from the 9th to 13th of November, 2021.