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Liberia: Civil Society Group Honors EPA Boss For ‘Exceptional’ Performance

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Monrovia – The Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Mr. Nathaniel T. Blama, has been honored for his outstanding performance at the helm of the EPA.

Mr. Blama was honored over the weekend by the Coalition of Civil Society Organizations at the EPA head office in Monrovia.  

The group is a conglomeration of several civil society organizations in Liberia. It monitors individuals and institutions of interest in society and recognizes the outstanding performers. 

Speaking at the honoring program, the Chairman of the group, Mr. Mark S. Chea said the selection of EPA boss Blama was done as a result of a vetting committee’s recommendation. 

“The vetting committee made it clear that the EPA through its Executive Director, Mr. Nathaniel Blama is the only name that deserves the award. He has worked tirelessly in ensuring that the EPA delivers to the hope and aspiration of the Liberia people,” Chea stated. 

 “The EPA through its hard-working Executive Director has disallowed through several awareness, the construction in waterways, cutting down mangroves for the purpose of preserving and protecting the environment from danger of climate change,” he added.

Receiving the certificate, the EPA boss lauded the civil society group for the recognition.

Mr. Blama, who dedicated the award to the entire management and staff of the EPA, noted that such recognition by the group would serve as a motivation to do more. 

“By awarding us means you have given us extra responsibility to work even harder and diligently than ever before. We are not contented with the award; rather, we think this is a challenge for us. If we were working for nine hours, we are now going to work for 12 hours now,” he indicated. 

He renewed the EPA commitments to positively engage stakeholders for the successful implementation of its assigned duties and responsibilities. 

Since Mr. Blama took over the EPA, there have been significant improvement at the institution, especially its effort to combat climate change. 

Some of the milestone achievements include the sourcing of funding from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to support the National Adaption Project (NAP), the launch of its National Climate Change Policy and Response Strategy and the ratification of the Paris Agreement.

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