Foreign Minister King-Akerele Lauds UNIFPA Support

Foreign Minister Olubanke King-Akerele
Foreign Minister Olubanke King-Akerele
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The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Her Excellency Olubanke King-Akerele says the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) under the leadership of Madam Rose Gakuba has given numerous supports to the recovery of Liberia.

  Speaking at an elaborate program in honor of Madam Gakuba, Minister King-Akerele said UNFPA has been supportive in Liberia’s post-conflict reconstruction and development in almost every sector.
  Minister King-Akerele recalled that UNFPA under Madam Gakuba provided strategic technical support and funding as well as leading role to galvanize resources for the successful conduct of the 2008 national population and housing census.

  Foreign Minister King-Akerele disclosed that UNFPA’s contribution to the national census also helped to generate for the first time in 24 years a national sampling frame to be used for all future national survey.

  According to Minister King-Akerele, with support from UNFPA, Liberia Institute of Statistic Geo-Information Service (LISGIS) has now adopted the computer based Integrated Management Information System (IMIS) for the integration of population and other related data.

Speaking further, Minister King-Akerele said through support from UNFPA, the gender based violence program under the Ministry of Gender has become one of the most effective well-supported multi sectoral approach program being implemented by the Ministry.

    Commenting on support to the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Minister King-Akerele said UNFPA provided full support to the national working group of adolescence girls and sexual reproductive group.
  In brief remarks, Madam Gakuba commended government for recognizing the support of UNFPA to Liberia by honoring her.

  She said what UNFPA achieved under her administration were based on support she received from government and staff at UNFPA-Liberia adding, “Without you and my team, I would not have achieved anything.”

  Madam Gakuba assured government that her successor who is due to take up assignment on September 2, 2009 would continue to provide support to Liberia.