By: Timothy R. Yoko
The United Bong County Association in the Americas has ended its first national convention under the distinguished leadership of Caimon Joe Kollie.
The Association since it was established over 30-years is being made known to the public during the Kollie’s leadership .
It is an undeniable facts that the Association has gained recognition both in the United States of America and Liberia under its current administration.
The group under the Caimon Joe Kollie’s leadership held its first convention from July 22-24, 2022 in Rhode Island.
The event was hosted by the Bong Kukatonor of Rhode Island , USA one of the association’s body .
It aimed was to reburn the image of the organization both in the United States, Liberia and the world over.
It brought together Bong County Citizens all across the United States as well as some permanent Sons and Daughters of the county from Liberia to the US.
Civil Society Organizations, Policy Makers, the business community in Bong County representatives were all in the states and some via zoom for the event .
The convention was held under the theme; “Reimagining UBCAA, Past Present, & Future”.
At the event the president of the Association called on Bong County citizens residing in the United States to unite and work together for the development of the institution and the county in Liberia .
Mr. Caimon Joe Kollie used the occasion to call on those bend on criticizing his leadership to put fourth way-forward for the growth of the institution .
“Unity is strength” he said.
“Together, we can do great exploits to develop our community. Our community is impacted by those sitting on the fence and critical of everything. We welcome your constructive criticism. But, don’t only criticize, be a partner in finding solutions. Let’s put aside our differences and work to build our community.”
We are honored to recognize the presence of Mr. Mohammed Kromah, a former President of UBCAA, who was once aggrieved and felt ill-treated. He wholeheartedly accepted to attend this year’s UBCAA National Convention and committed to supporting UBCAA in achieving its goals. Thank you, Mr. Kromah, for displaying the power of reconciliation, UBCAA President pointed out.
He however asked for forgiveness from members who feel different about his leadership but called on them to join them in moving the institution forward.
“Today, our administration takes full responsibility for our past mistakes and asks you to forgive us for any wrong we have done in the past. Come on board so we can redeem the past, build the present, and lay a better foundation for the future’, He said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Kollie has called on members of the Association in different states in the United States to create a local branch for the growth of the organization.
“The issue of getting vibrant chapters has been daunting over the years. The process for forming a new chapter is simple. Our administration is making all efforts by reaching out to Bong County citizens and friends in states that don’t have active chapters to start one. We encourage you all at this Convention to create an active UBCAA chapter in your state of residence or your community.”
He made these remarks when he delivered special statement at the just ended UBCAA’s National convention in the United States of America.